If your home was built before 1990 and you haven’t replaced any of the original fixtures, odds are you are wasting tons of water with every flush of a toilet and turn of a dial. Old toilets and faucets use much more water than truly necessary for the needs of the home. An old toilet alone will waste around 17,300 gallons per year! That amount of waste not only takes a toll on your wallet every month, it also takes a toll on the condition of our planet. These appliances need to be upgraded to new low flow fixtures.
Traditional Vs Low Flow
The traditional toilet will use between 4 and 6 gallons with every flush, and that is way more water than is truly necessary to get waste out of your home. Nowadays, toilets must meet a government regulation that requires them to use only 1.6 gallons or less per flush of the toilet. You may have heard the many rumors that claim that these new toilets can’t handle the waste that they are intended to get rid of, but that is simply not the case. Early low flow toilets did have their fair share of problems, but these days, low flow toilets function as well if not better than your traditional wasteful toilet.
Wasteful Shower heads
Faucets and shower heads are also quite wasteful. Old shower head would pour down 4 to 5 gallons per minute in the past, but with a low flow shower head in place, you will only use 2.5 gallons per minute. But won’t that sacrifice water pressure? No! These high tech shower heads are able to keep the water pressure high without wasting gallons upon gallons of water. You can also install aerators in your faucets to cut down on the amount of water wasted washing hands, brushing teeth, and doing dishes.
Quick Return on Your Investment
The best thing about making these upgrades is the money you will save! Sure there will be a little out of pocket cost initially, but most, if not all, of that cost we be recouped in savings during the first year of use. From that point on everything will be pure cash in your pocket every month when it comes time to pay the water bill. It is everyone’s job as a citizen of this planet to do your part to conserve out resources. One of the most vital of these resources is water, and if you are wasting gallons upon gallons of water in your home consider upgrading your toilet and fixtures today!