There’s a reason a bathroom is called a “water closet”; it’s the room that uses the most amount of water in the house. With small adjustments to your utilities and lifestyle, it’s surprising how much you can save on water, energy, and money.
The experts at Priority Plumbing recommend making these modifications to conserve water:
Upgrade Your Faucet to a Low-Flow Aerator
People use the sink more frequently than a shower or toilet, so this is the most important modification. Not only will you save water by adding an aerator to your sink’s faucet, you will save even more by choosing a low-flow model. Conventional faucets use about three gallons of water per minute, whereas low-flow aerators can use as low as one gallon per minute. With that in mind, imagine how many times you use the sink each day. You will save 50% of the water you normally use.
Fix Leaky Faucets
Many households dread fixing a leaky faucet and learn to live with it. Despite the irritation it causes, a leaky faucet can leak about 20 gallons of water each day. The next time you hear the perpetual dripping, fix it for the environment and your household’s sake.
Change Your Toilet for Low-Flow
A conventional toilet uses between five and seven gallons of water per flush and a person flushes about five times a day, so that results in a lot of wasted water. We’re not going to tell you to limit the number of visits to the bathroom, but what you can do to fix the situation is purchase a low-flow toilet—they use only about 1.6 gallons.
Check Your Toilet for Leaks.
You don’t always realize when water is leaking, so a neat trick to confirm that you’re not inadvertently wasting water is by putting dye or food colouring in your toilet’s tank. If you see the dye appear in the bowl without flushing, then it’s time to call in the professionals.
Take Showers Instead of Baths
A 10-minute shower with a low-flow showerhead only uses about 25 gallons of water compared to a bath that uses 35-50 gallons. Consider putting a clock in your bathroom so you can have a visual reminder of the time, or set a timer to wake yourself up from your daydreams as you shower. A radio can work just as well to keep you aware of time passing. As you shave or brush your teeth, keep the water off when you’re not using it.
Switch to a Low-Flow Showerhead
Low-flow shower heads have an average flow of 2.5 gallons of water per minute. A huge benefit of this type of shower head is that anyone can afford it. A standard low-flow shower head can cost about $20, but if you want something fancier, like a waterfall shower head, then the price will substantially increase.
If you’re thinking of changing your shower or bath, schedule an appointment with the experts at Priority Plumbing near you. We handle all types of shower and bath issues to get your bathroom back in working order.