Save Money and Resources
Using energy efficient devices in your bathroom not only helps the environment, but products that reduce water waste can also save you money by reducing your monthly utilities bill. Your washroom is obviously a place where liquid flows freely out of your taps, your shower, and your toilet and it’s important to introduce ways to con serve whenever possible so you can realize those cost savings.
When it comes to water saver technology, many fixtures are relatively inexpensive and are fairly easy to incorporate into your bathroom. There are obviously many different types of water saving devices out there; most are available online or at your local hardware store. This article will focus on three low flow products: low flush toilets, low flow showerheads, and low flow faucet aerators.
Low flush toilets are a great addition to any lavatory simply because normal toilets are extremely wasteful. Think about this when it comes to flushing your toilet: the average, regular model uses about 3.5 gallons (13.2 litres) of water for every flush, while low flush fixtures use about 1.6 gallons (6 litres) per flush. For an average family of four, that amounts to a substantial reduction that will shrink your consumption by about 16,000 gallons (60,566 litres) per year. What an impressive environmentally friendly solution!
Reduce the Waste
Low flush toilets aren’t a technological marvel, they’re simply part of a solution to easily conserve water at home because they use only the amount of liquid needed to properly flush. This environmentally friendly product installs just like a regular toilet and the initial cost outlay is not that much higher. Given all of the water you’ll conserve and the amount you can reduce your monthly bill by, you’ll realize great savings over the life-span of this fixture.
Another great option for your liquid conservation system is a dual flush toilet. These washroom implements can be a great part of your green living strategy. Dual flush toilets do exactly as the name would suggest: they give you the option of two different types of flushes, depending on what you are (ahem) flushing. This is a more manual method of water conservation but also gives you control by allowing more liquid use when you need it.
Of course, it is also possible to turn any regular toilet into a low flush, water efficient product. All you have to do is get a one gallon (4 litre) jug that you can fill with water and seal. Place this jug in the tank of your toilet, which will act as a low-tech water displacement device. Then, each time you flush, your tank only fills as much as the gallon jug will allow, thus creating a low cost water saving device you can implement right away.
Energy Efficient Fixtures
Most people realize that taking a shower is a great conservation tactic over taking a bath. But to reduce your water depletion even more, you should consider installing a low flow showerhead. These energy efficient products work by simply reducing the flow of H20, but they don’t affect the pressure or the quality of your shower. Low flow showerheads can reduce your water use by as much as 70%.
For even greater liquid reduction, you can install an on-demand showerhead that also comes with a shut-off button, thus turning your shower into an ultra water saving device. What this does, is let you easily interrupt the water supply while you lather up or shampoo your hair. Water that would have gone down your drain and be wasted, is now stopped when you don’t need it, and quickly turned back on when you want to use it.
More Water Conservation Products
Another excellent, easily installed device is a faucet aerator. These handy products reduce water use by adding air into the flow. You won’t notice a change in your water pressure, but you will notice a reduction in your utility bill. Faucet aerators are easy to install and can be connected to most existing taps with a few basic plumbing tools. You can find these eco-friendly products at most local hardware stores for as little as $5.00.
When it comes to your bathroom, you can go through a lot of water. It’s important to install some of these water saving devices to help you reduce your water consumption and lower your bills. Low flush toilets can save you thousands of gallons of water every year and low flow showerheads can decrease water consumption in your bath by as much as 70%.
Over time, these tools can save you a great deal of money. Tankless water heaters offer you the convenience of water on demand. Take some time today to put together a plan to incorporate eco conscious plumbing fixtures into your bathroom, and put these great products to use making your home more efficient and user friendly.