Did you know that the average person uses approximately 100 gallons of water every day? The most significant use of water is from flushing the toilet and then from showering and bathing. A lot of our water use is unavoidable, we have to flush the toilet, we have to bathe, we have to wash our clothes, and we have to clean our dishes. This is why plumbing fixture manufacturers have come so far in their production of low flow products.
Below, we’ll be discussing the top ways to make your home, specifically your plumbing, more efficient.
Older toilets used to use about 6 gallons of water every time you flushed it. The average person uses the toilet anywhere from 6-7 times a day, which means we used to use nearly 40 gallons of water a day just going to the bathroom.
However, new WaterSense toilets use 1.28 gallons per flush or less. This means you’re using less than 10 gallons of water in the bathroom every day!
Water savings don’t stop with toilets; new faucets also provide opportunities for savings! WaterSense certified sink faucets use a maximum of 1.5 gallons of water per minute, which is a 30 percent savings compared to the standard flow faucets that use 2.2 gallons per minute.
If you don’t have the money or the time to replace every faucet in your house with a new Water Sense faucet, consider installing aerators on your faucets. These easily screw into the opening of your sink faucet and have the same water-reducing effect on your sink.
According to the Environmental Protection Agency, the average showerhead uses about 2.5 gallons of water per minute. This is equivalent to nearly 10,000 gallons of annual water use for each individual in your household, and that’s only for a 10-minute shower. If you switch to a WaterSense certified showerhead, it will use no more than 2 gallons of water per minute, saving you a great deal of water and money.
For all of your plumbing questions, call the fully licensed plumbers at The Plumbing Authority. We would be more than happy to help make your home more efficient and answer all of the questions you may have!