The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has made it much easier for homeowners to lower high water bills by designating low-water use plumbing fixtures. Using these fixtures, along with a few lifestyle changes, will help you reduce the amount of water you use without making any noticeable sacrifices.
- The EPA’s new labeling program, called WaterSense, labels those plumbing fixtures that use little water. Faucets are available that consume as few as 0.50 gallons per minute (GPMs), and shower heads use a mere 1.5 GPMs. This flow is significantly less than most other fixtures that can use 2.5 GPM and more. If your faucets are in good shape, you can purchase aerators that carry the WaterSense label, as well.
- The WaterSense program also designates low-flow and dual-flush toilets. A dual-flush toilet has two settings, depending on the waste that’s being flushed. Liquid wastes use 1.1 gallons, while solids use only 1.6 gallons. Cracked or frequently plugged toilets can be replaced with WaterSense products.
- If your bathroom is far from the water heater, you can waste a significant amount of water waiting for the hot water to arrive. Today’s recirculating pumps are energy efficient and use sensors that anticipate when you’ll want the water to activate the flow.
- It’s also possible to stem high water bills by replacing older dishwashers and washing machines with those that carry the Energy Star label. The technological improvements in these appliances help them use less water and energy. Some dishwashers have sensors that adjust the cycle time and water use based on the detected soil level of the dishes. If your washing machine doesn’t need replacing, select the load size appropriate to the amount of clothing you’re washing.
- Harvesting rain water has never been easier using rain barrels placed under the downspouts for your gutters. Most have a hose connection and you can use the water for outdoor cleaning projects or watering the landscaping.
If you’d like to learn more about reducing high water bills, contact the experts at Aqua Plumbing & Air Quality Services. We’ve provided top-notch plumbing and HVAC services for the Sarasota and Bradenton area since 1974.