We use water all day, but many of us barely give it a thought unless our water bill is unusually high. However, the fact is that water is not an unlimited resource, and we should use it wisely. There are very easy ways to cut back on water usage. Just by switching to high efficiency faucets and shower heads, you will help conserve this vital resource. You will also see a reduction in your water bill and a reduction in your energy bill due to decreased demand on your water heater.
WaterSense Faucets is an EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) Partnership program created to help consumers conserve water. A WaterSense label lets you know that the faucet has met EPA standards and will reduce water flow at least 30 percent compared to standard faucets. You can save hundreds of gallons of water by replacing your old faucets with these high efficiency faucets. You can also add aerators. These pressurize the flow and give the illusion that a greater amount of water is flowing forth.
Touchless: Touchless faucets turn on when a sensor is triggered and turn off when the sensor no longer detects an object beneath the faucet. This prevents wasting a lot of water. Other benefits include:
- Scald protection – most touchless faucets are set to one temperature.
- Prevents the spread of germs – many germs are spread by touching contaminated surfaces.
- Can be combined with aerators to conserve even more water.
Some people avoid high efficiency shower heads because they believe the fixtures won’t provide a satisfactory shower experience. While this can be true of some models, it is not true of all. New designs have better flow and are comparable in feel to standard-flow shower heads.
As with faucets, look for the WaterSense label. Your household could save more than 2,000 gallons of water per year by switching to these shower heads.
For more information about high efficiency faucets and shower heads and other ways to conserve water, please contact us at Aqua Plumbing & Air. We have been serving the Sarasota and Bradenton area since 1974.