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