Posts Tagged ‘reduce your utility bills’

Plumbing Tips To Save Water

Monday, October 31st, 2011

Lowering your household’s water usage is certainly a worthwhile goal – not only is it environmentally friendly, it can also help you save money on your utility bills.  Try these plumbing modifications to begin saving water today!

Replace Standard Toilets: Toilet usage accounts for approximately 40 percent of all residential water use.  However, several water-saving alternatives to standard toilets are available on the market today.  Two such options include dual flush or low flow toilets.  Dual flush toilets allow users to choose between a lower-flush option for liquid waste and a higher-flush option for solid waste, while low-flush toilets use no more than 1.3 gallons of water per flush.  Installing either will significantly reduce water usage over that of a standard toilet.

Not ready to replace your toilet in its entirety?  Listen to ensure that your current toilet model is not running when not in use.  A running toilet could be a sign that the flapper is leaking inside the tank – a problem that can lead to substantial water loss if not repaired.

Fix The Faucet:  Replace standard faucets with low-flow substitutes or invest in aerator faucets.  Aerators are circular screened disks of metal that when screwed onto faucet heads, reduce the faucets overall flow.  In addition, be sure to make timely repairs on all leaky faucets, as well as shower and tub valves as a single continuous drip can result in gallons of wasted water per week.

Change Your Showerhead: Consider changing your showerhead to a low-flow option.  Trading out a standard showerhead (which has an average flow of 4.5 gallons of water per minute) for a low-flow model (which has an average flow of 2.5 gallons of water per minute) can save a family of four over 20,000 gallons of water per year.  And fortunately, today’s low-flow showerhead models are designed to maximize water usage while still providing a strong shower stream.

Are you ready to make water saving plumbing improvements?  Contact us at Nowthen Plumbing to begin making your plumbing modifications today!