If you’re sick of a massive water bill at the end of each month or
you simply just want to help preserve the environment, making a few changes
to use less water is essential. However, reducing your water consumption
doesn’t have to get in the way of living your life comfortably.
Many people mistakenly believe that making a few changes for water efficiency
will lead to problems keeping things clean or reduce your water pressure
to undesirable levels, but this is far from true. In fact, many modern
water-efficient plumbing equipment actually helps with water pressure
while also helping use less water.
Want to increase your plumbing efficiency? Here are five water-efficient
features that are both inexpensive and will considerably reduce your water
Low-Flow toilets use only a fraction of the water of an older toilet but
still fully flush and remove waste effectively. Studies have shown that
older toilets, which would use as much as five to six gallons of water
per flush, were using far more water than was necessary, and today’s
modern toilets will use as little as half of that amount while still effectively
flushing and removing waste.
Water pressure in showers is a huge thing for many people, and a common
myth or misconception is that “low-flow” showerheads are going
to only make the problem worse. However, this is hardly the truth, and
in fact a low-flow shower head may be a low-cost solution to a low-pressure
problem. Low-flow showerheads significantly reduce the amount of water
that a shower uses over a given amount of time, thus making your showers
significantly more water-friendly while still giving you the water pressure
you’re looking for.
A faucet aerator breaks up water and mixes air with it as it comes out
of the spout on your faucet. This creates a lower-flow but still effective
water stream that functions similarly to a low-flow shower head. A faucet
aerator can save you dozens or even hundreds of gallons of water per year
while keeping your water pressure level higher!
Tankless Water Heaters
Many homeowners who are in need of hot water are used to turning on the
tap and then waiting as long as a minute or two for the water to work
its way through their plumbing and reach their location. However, a tankless
water heater eliminates this wait almost entirely. Tankless water heaters
create hot water on an as-needed basis, usually in a small unit located
under the sink or somewhere close to the fixture. This means that the
wait for hot water isn’t a minute or more… it’s just
a few seconds. Likewise, because the water is created on-demand, you won’t
have to ever worry about running out of hot water and waiting for your
giant water heater tank to refill ever again.
A bidet or washlet is a type of plumbing fixture that is designed to promote
good hygiene and cleanliness without the use of toilet paper. While some
argue that bidets actually
increase home water usage, the truth of the matter is that environmental studies
have suggested that they actually create a significantly lower net water
usage level when you factor in the massive amount of water that’s
needed to create toilet paper. As a result, your actual water usage and
impact on the environment as a whole will drop significantly with one
of these features that is rapidly growing in popularity.
Interested in installing any of these technologies in your home? Trust
the Bartlett plumbers from Smith’s Plumbing Services to get the
job done right!
Call us today at (901) 290-1110.