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How Many Gallons of Water Do You Use Per Day?
Did you know that the average American uses 100 gallons of water per day? In many parts of the country, where we have often experienced water rationing, we all know how precious water can be. One way that you can reduce your usage is by installing high-efficiency plumbing fixtures in your home.
Less Water High Performance Plumbing Fixtures
High-efficiency fixtures use less water. These products carry the new “EPA Water Sense” label, and they have been tested to operate at a top performance level while saving water. In fact, the average home, retrofitted with WaterSense labeled toilets and bathroom faucets or faucet accessories, can save more than 11,000 gallons per year.
WaterSense specifications on efficiency, performance and label use make it easy for consumers to find and select products that use less water and perform as well or better than their existing products. Confidence in those products with a Watersense label is backed by third party, independent, testing and certification.
Here are some examples of efficiency: Standard faucets can use 2.2 gallons per minute while high-efficiency faucets can use 1.5 GPM. Standard showerheads use about 2.5 GPM and efficient heads may use 1.75 GPM. Standard toilets use 1.6 gallons per flush, and the new high-efficiency toilets can use 1.3 GPF or less.
Why Is This So Important?
1. Using water efficiently will conserve supplies for future generations.
2. Protecting and preserving the nation’s water supply is critical to our economic future and human health.
3. WaterSense labeled products and services offer equivalent or superior performance.
4. Purchasing WaterSense labeled products can help you protect the environment and help you save money on utility bills.
Using WaterSense Fixtures Saves Money
By making just a few simple changes to use water more efficiently, you could save about $170 per year. If all U.S. households installed water-efficient appliances, the country would save more than 3 trillion gallons of water and more than $18 billion dollars per year! Also, when we use water more efficiently, we reduce the need for costly water supply infrastructure investments and new wastewater treatment facilities.
Tired of high gas and energy bills? Are you always turning out the lights to save energy? Did you know that the amount of energy that is used to treat the water you let go down the drain while brushing your teeth is about the same as letting a 60-watt light bulb run for 14 hours?
It’s not something you think about, but it takes a lot of energy to treat and deliver the water that you use. In fact, American public water supply and treatment facilities consume about 56 billion kilowatt-hours (kWh) per year or enough electricity to power more than 5 million homes for an entire year.
So You Want to Conserve Water, Energy and Save on Your Utility Bills, What’s Next?
If you plan on changing out your fixtures, it is best to work with your local plumber. A licensed plumber will know the codes and will be able to take care of all the paperwork and meet with local plumbing inspectors to go over the job. Find a plumber who either works closely with or is experienced at bathroom and kitchen remodeling as well.
If you choose to do it yourself, make sure you get the proper permits and meet with inspectors prior to starting the job.
By Kreg Atterberry
Thanks to our friend Kreg Atterberry for the above article. Kreg is a marketing professional that serves several small businesses and focuses on plumbing contractors.