Do you have old appliances that seem to just suck water every time you use them? Do your toilets seem to run forever even well after you have flushed them? Does it always sound like water is running somewhere in your house? Your old appliances are likely using way more than modern appliances and contributing to your high water bill. A plumber can help you to replace old appliances with new, water efficient ones.
Water Efficient Toilets
Modern toilets use much less water than ones installed just ten years ago. Even the baseline models are made to retain less water in their bowls and use less water per flush. Plus, over time seals and valves can wear out, so an older toilet may leak small amount of water out of the bowl leading to intermittent replenishing of the water that has drained out into the basin.
For comparison, toilets installed in the 1980s and 1990s used between 2.5 gallons and 3.6 gallons per flush. Modern toilets use 1.6 gallons per flush. The difference is almost 19 gallons per day of water usage for the old toilet versus a bit over 9 gallons of water usage for a newer toilet. Older toilets can use up to 5 gallons per flush leading to almost 48 gallons of water usage daily!
Water Efficient Showers
Older, conventional water shower heads put out significant amounts of water, often flowing at five gallons per minute! While these may feel good while you are showering, they are not good for water conservation or your utility bill.
In contrast, a water-efficient shower head flows at approximately 2.5 gallons per minute, which is half the flow rate of a conventional shower. And, you don't have to give up a luxurious shower to be more water efficient. Many low-flow shower heads come in designs that optimize their water output, giving you the feel of a conventional one but the efficiency of a low-flow design.
Efficient Sink Fixtures
The sink is another place where you can easily waste water. The tendency is to leave the water running while you are washing hands or brushing teeth. The simple answer is, don't! However, you can help yourself conserve water at sinks by installing low-flow faucet aerators. You can cut your water usage at the sink in half just by installing efficient sink fixtures!
The Bottom Line
So, how does all of this water efficiency help you? Upgrading to water efficient fixtures can save you up to $100 per year on your utility bill. That may not sound like much the first year, but over time, that savings can really add up.