How Low-Flow Fixtures Can Save Water, Money, and Energy

Low-flow fixtures like faucets, toilets, and shower heads are becoming increasingly popular for a number of reasons. Some of these are environmental, but others are financial. The biggest benefits of low-flow fixtures are that they can help you save water, money and energy.

Saving Water

People in several parts of the world constantly struggle with not having enough fresh water. Switching to low-flow appliances allows you to help out. Many older toilets, for example, use 3 to 5 gallons of water for a single flush. A low-flow toilet will only use 1.2 to 1.6 gallons on average.

Water-efficient shower heads have a similar effect, but the water pressure is not affected at all. Your shower will still feel about the same as before. Switching to a low-flow shower head will lower the gpm (gallons per minute) that your shower uses from 2.5 down to 2.

The EPA (United States Environmental Protection Agency) states that if each American household used low-flow shower heads, over 250 billion gallons would be saved each year.

Saving Money

Faucets, toilets, and shower heads are something we all use every day, and they account for most of the water that we use. According to the EPA, the nation would save about $8 billion each year if everyone made the switch to appliances that are more water-efficient.

Saving Energy

With regards to saving money, installing low-flow appliances can lower more than just your water bill. Since you use less hot water than with fixtures that are not water-efficient, your energy costs will also go down.

Depending on whether your water heater runs on gas or electric, installing low-flow appliances will also lower that bill. An added benefit is that your water heater will last longer because it is not being worked as hard.

While there is an initial cost in upgrading to low-flow faucets, toilets and shower heads in your home, that will quickly be paid back by the amount of money water-efficient appliances will save you. By making the upgrade you will be able to use less water and spend much less money on energy bills.

Don’t delay. Give The Plumbing Service Company a call at (336) 502-8540 to save money and lower the carbon footprint of your Greensboro home!