Water-saving upgrades are always a good idea, whether you are customizing a new construction or want to make your existing home more environmentally friendly. You will not only save money on utility bills, but you will also save the precious commodity of fresh water. Here are some well-known and lesser-known upgrades to help you save water in your home.
Use Faucet Aerators
Your kitchen and bathroom faucets can waste water. When you leave the faucets running while brushing your teeth or soaping up your hands, you create a lot of waste. However, using a faucet without a low-flow aerator can impact water consumption. An aerator is a small device that fits over the faucet’s end. It incorporates air into the flow, which maintains water pressure while using less water.
Make Use of Instant Hot Water Dispensers.
Use an instant hot water dispenser instead of heating water on the stove or in an electric kettle. You don’t have to run the water to get it hot because the heater is located under the faucet. Furthermore, these water dispensers provide food-safe heated water that you can drink or cook with. The hot water from your kitchen faucet is not hot enough to kill bacteria that could make you sick.
Old Water Appliances Should Be Replaced
With water-saving upgrades, the older your home, the less water you will use. For example, if your house was built before 1992, it most likely has a showerhead that can deliver up to five gallons of water per minute. Low-flow showers, on the other hand, provide high pressure while using only 1.6 gallons per minute. Making this change could significantly reduce your water consumption.
As part of your water-saving upgrades, consider replacing your toilet. Newer models can cut water consumption by up to two-thirds. When you consider that flushing the toilet can account for one-third of your home’s water consumption, this substitution will have a significant impact.
Set Up a Rain Barrel and a Compost Bin.
Rain barrels and compost bins are low-tech backyard improvements that can help you save water. Rain barrels collect rainwater for use in watering your lawn and garden.
A compost bin converts food waste into nutritious compost that can be used to feed your garden and enrich your soil. If you replace your garbage disposal with this bin, you will save water. Garbage disposals necessitate the use of running water to flush the chopped food down the drain. However, putting your leftovers in a compost bin can benefit both your garden and the environment.
Allow Top Tier Plumbing and Rooter to assist you with your water-saving upgrades.
Contact us at Top Tier Plumbing and Rooter if you want to save water and reduce your impact on clean water supplies. Call our office at (951) 475-6521 for more information on installing more water-efficient appliances. You can also contact us online.