If you live in a region of the United States that's been affected by drought, you may be trying to find ways to save water and money. You might be surprised to know that updating the plumbing in your home can help you save both. This is particularly true if it's been a while since your plumbing has been updated. Take a look at a few of the ways you can save money installing new plumbing fixtures.
You might have been avoiding low-flow shower heads because you don't want to trade water pressure for savings. You might be surprised to know that new low-flow models save water without reducing water pressure. That means you'll be able to use about 60% less water while still enjoying your shower.
When low-flow toilets were first introduced, you'd have to flush it several times to get everything to go down the drain. Now, you only need to flush it once. Not only that, older model toilets used about 3 gallons of water per flush. New low-flow models only require about 1.6 gallons of water per flush – so you only need half the water for a good, solid flush.
Updating just one faucet in your home can save you about 700 gallons of water each year. So, if you have three faucets in your home – 2 bathroom faucets and one kitchen faucet – you could save up to 2100 gallons of water. You won't lose out on water pressure, either. New faucets have just as much pressure as older models that use more water.
Tankless Water Heaters
Installing a tankless water heater will save you on your water and energy bills. It can do this in two ways. First, energy is used to keep the water in the tank hot 24 hours a day, which means that you're spending money to keep water heated that you might not use.
Second, when you turn the hot water on in your home, you may have to run the water for several seconds while the cold water flushes out of the pipe. That's the water that was still in the pipes when you turned the faucet off. Unfortunately, that's water that's being wasted.
During a drought, when rationing is being strictly enforced, every drop of water counts. With a tankless water heater, water is heated over burners as it flows into your home, which means you won't be wasting energy on heating water you don't need. You also won't be wasting water while you wait for the hot water to start flowing.
If you're trying to save water, you may want to consider updating your plumbing. Speak to a plumber, such as Walt's Plumbing, about implementing some of the changes listed above.