Looking for ways to cut down on your family’s water consumption this year? You can start by making a few quick upgrades to your bathroom. Outdated bathroom fixtures tend to be quite inefficient, potentially wasting thousands of gallons of water and hundreds of dollars in water bills each year. The good news is, these fixtures can be easily replaced with modern alternatives that are designed specifically with water conservation in mind.
Replace your showerhead.
Taking a shower might seem like a good water-saving alternative to taking a bath, but older showerheads typically deliver about 5 gallons of water per minute. If each member of your family takes one ten-minute shower per day, this number can add up fast. Modern showerheads are able to use just about 2.5 gallons of water per minute without sacrificing pressure. These days, you can even find “smart” showerheads that allow you to manage your water consumption from a tablet or smartphone.
Install a low-flow aerator on your sink faucet.
Getting into the habit of turning the sink off when you shave or brush your teeth can put a significant dent in your long-term water consumption, but you should also consider adding a low-flow aerator to your faucet. For just a few dollars, you can reduce the amount of water you use in the bathroom sink by as much as 50 percent.
Invest in a new toilet.
Did you know that some older toilets use up to 7 gallons of water for a single flush? Modern toilets, on the other hand, are available in several water-saving options such as low-flow, dual-flush and pressure-assist models. A dual-flush toilet, for example, can use less than 1 gallon per flush for liquid waste, and about 1.5 gallons per flush for solid waste. According to a survey conducted by HomeAdvisor, a new toilet costing an average of $370 can save about $2,200 in water over the course of its lifetime.
The best thing about these upgrades is that they will ultimately pay for themselves in the long run. To learn more about all the bathroom remodeling and renovation services we offer at Kitchen & Bath Wizards, feel free to give us a call or contact us online today!