Energy Efficient Appliance Residential Plumbing Services
Sinks and Showers
According to EnergyStar.gov, “Hot water leaking at a rate of one drip per second from a single faucet can waste up to 1,661 gallons of water over the course of a year and up to $35 in electricity or $35 in natural gas.” Consider installing an energy saving electronic faucet that prevents sinks from being left on or dripping to solve this problem. Another water saving tip is to install aerators in your faucets and shower heads. This adds air to the water stream to increase the feeling of flow. They come in a variety of models so ask us today about installing some in your home. If you have old or inefficient shower heads and faucets you may want to switch to a new, high efficiency models- shower heads that use no more than 2.5 gallons per minute (gpm) and sink faucets that use no more than 1.5 gpm.
Low flow toilets can save 20% to 50% the amount of water from an average toilet. Tankless water heaters only turn on when you turn on your hot water saving your energy bill. Gas water heaters are another alternative to the standard electric. Low flow and Ultra Low Flow shower heads are great for those who want to save water without sacrificing power.
Toilets are often the cause of the most water use and sometimes wasting in a home. Like most toilets installed before 1994, if your toilets use more than 1.6 gallons per flush (gpf), you should replace them with one of several water saving options.
High efficiency or ultra low flush toilets require no more than 1.3 gpf.
Another solution gaining popularity is a dual flush toilet. This type of toilet has 2 different waste buttons – a low waste button for liquid waste and a high waste button for solid waste. Older toilets can also be retrofitted with dual flushing capabilities.