Energy efficiency and water conservation is important to a lot of folks here in the Pacific Northwest, which is why eco-friendly plumbing upgrades such as switching to high efficiency plumbing fixtures is so popular. Upgrading just a few fixtures in the New Year can have a big impact on your home’s overall energy and water usage by improving its efficiency.
At Raymark Plumbing & Sewer, our professional plumbers have expert knowledge on today’s high efficiency plumbing fixtures and can help you decide which plumbing upgrades work best for your needs. The money saving plumbing fixture services we offer can make your home more energy and water efficient while maintaining its comfort.
Check out these plumbing upgrades to consider for the New Year.
Outdated showerheads can use up to 5 gallons of water per minute (gpm). Showers account for a good portion of your home’s energy and water usage, so it only makes sense to upgrade to a low flow showerhead which only uses 2 gpm or even less. And they still have excellent water pressure! Upgrading to a high efficiency faucet and a low flush toilet can save even more energy, money, and water. Bathroom fixtures with the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) WaterSense seal of approval have undergone rigorous testing for efficiency and performance, and are even more efficient than other high efficiency fixtures.
According to water usage statistics from the EPA, a leaky kitchen faucet that drips at a rate of one drip per second can waste more than 3,000 gallons of per year. That’s enough for more than 180 showers! Older kitchen faucets use up to 7 gallons of water per minute (gpm), whereas the newest and most efficient models only use 1.5 gpm! A quick and affordable way to improve faucet efficiency is to replace the aerator, which is the small mesh screwed onto the end of the faucet. The New Year is also a good time to consider upgrading your garbage disposal. While they use a relatively small amount of energy, an old or worn garbage disposal can cause big plumbing problems.
For the rest of your home
Old water heaters can be real energy wasters, so if yours is nearing the end of its lifespan it’s time for an energy efficient upgrade. If never having enough hot water is an issue, consider upgrading to a tankless model which have an unlimited supply of hot water. These only heat water as needed, making them more energy efficient than their traditional counterparts. If water temperature isn’t a concern for you but water quality is, a whole house water filter provides purified water to all of your home’s water sources. Concerned about flooding? Upgrading to a battery backup sump pump can keep your basement dry even if the power shuts off!
Let Raymark Plumbing & Sewer help you ring in the New Year in style with energy efficient plumbing upgrades!