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Efficient Water Fixtures in Your Home Save Money and Energy

More than 136.57 million homes were built in the U.S. between 1975 and 2017 according to a report published on The Statistics Portal. Over that period there have been many advancements in construction style, materials used and design styles. Yet sadly, many contractors still build custom houses using methods and materials that were last approved in the 70s. These include using plumbing systems that breakdown easily and cause water wastage. That means that water suppliers have to use more energy to pump water to homes. Fortunately, there are many practical ways that you can reduce household expenditure, and save the Earth’s clean water supply at the same time.

Water and sewer bills rising

Many people take water for granted because all they have to do to access it is push a button or turn on a faucet and ‘magically’ the water appears. The truth is that freshwater sources in the U.S.A and around the world are declining because of dropping groundwater levels, water pollution, drought and more. These and  nationally mandated water utility upgrades and higher energy costs are bound to increase your water rates in the coming years.  

Thoughtful people are responding to this by incorporating water-saving systems, products and practices into their homes. Household water savings is much easier to do outdoors but most of water usage happens indoors. This means that your lifestyle habits and how you use various plumbing fixtures, appliances and systems matter if you are thinking of how to save water.

Your bathroom is the culprit

If you have conventional toilets, showers and faucets, then chances are that combined they consume an average of 41 gallons per person every day. This is 60% of a household’s daily indoor drain and 12% of total daily consumption according to the American Water Works Association (AWWA).

Saving water in your bathroom

You can start by using low-flow faucet aerators and showerheads, which are a cheap and easy way to reduce home water consumption by up to 50 percent and save energy.  You can also buy an energy efficient water machine that uses only 13 gallons of water per cycle. Installing a hot water recirculator gives you instant hot water allowing you to jump straight in the shower.

Tackle the toilet’s water hogging habit

Your humble toilet is one of the largest users of water in your home.   Instead of the conventional toilet, you can install a high efficiency or dual flush toilet.  High efficiency toilets use less than 1.3 gallons per flush and a dual flush toilet offers a “half flush” and a full flush. Dual flush toilets average about 1.28 gallons per flush.

Doing stuff like fixing leaks as soon as you detect them and taking showers instead of baths also contribute to reduced water use.  By installing efficient water fixtures you not only get to protect water resources but also save money.

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