Make the Switch to Water-Efficient Fixtures

Plumbing Solutions of Idaho expert tips

One of the best ways for Boise homeowners to save money and help the environment is to make the switch to energy and water-efficient plumbing fixtures throughout their homes.​

​It’s a Big Deal

​It’s a Big DealThe Environmental Protection Agency takes water usage seriously, and they’d like us to do the same. In the U.S. alone, if every household installed water-efficient fixtures, the savings would amount to more than $18 billion dollars and over 3 trillion gallons of water annually. But the 

savings don’t stop there.​If just one in 100 of us opted for water-efficient fixtures, we’d save some serious energy, avoiding greenhouse gas emissions to the tune of about 80,000 tons.

​Low-Flow Plumbing Fixtures

Look for plumbing fixtures marked with the EPA’s Watersense labels. These fixtures are 20% more efficient and have been certified to meet high-efficiency standards without compromising performance. In some cases, they even outperform their less efficient predecessors.

  • Water-Saving Toilets. Did you know you 30% of your indoor water usage gets flushed away through the toilet? If your toilet was installed prior to 1994, you can cut back on water waste by installing an efficient ultra-low flush toilet, which is rated to use about 1.28 gallons per flush. For even more efficiency, you can try a dual-flush toilet, which features two buttons—one for liquid wastes and one for solids. These dual flushers are already a common choice in Australia and Europe, and are becoming more so in the United States.
  • Water-Saving Showerheads. You won’t need to sacrifice a nice strong stream of hot water with, and replacing your high-water usage showerhead can save you as much as 70% on your current shower water usage.

To learn more about water-efficient plumbing fixtures for your Boise home, contact us at Plumbing Solutions of Idaho today

By Tim Smith

Published: October 23, 2015

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