03 Oct Have You Gone Low Flow Yet?
With the drought hitting full swing here in California, there’s a lot of talk about water conservation. Conserving water on an everyday basis isn’t really all that hard, but there are some things that will make it much easier. In fact, at Premier Plumbing we’ve got a perfect solution for several of your everyday tasks – low flow fixtures. What a low flow fixture, you ask? It’s exactly what it sounds like it is – it’s a fixture that provides a lower flow of water than what you are using now.
Low Flow Faucets
The cheapest, and easiest to install of all low flow devices is the low flow faucet. Buying entirely new faucets isn’t necessary (they can run $100 for some of the designer brands), instead you can retro fit your old faucet with an aerator for under $10. In most faucets you don’t even have to be handy to install them – they simply screw onto your existing faucet. The typical aerator will reduce your water flow from 1 to 2 gallons per minute to ½ gallon or less without losing any pressure.
Low Flow Shower Heads
The next major low flow device you should consider installing is a low flow shower head. They cost in the range of $35 to $50 and can actually pay for themselves in under a year. A typical shower head will use about 5 to 6 ½ gallons of water per minute. A low flow version will use 2 ½ or less. For a family of 4 taking 15 minute showers every day you’ll save at least 130 gallons of water per day. Shower heads are easy to replace with just a wrench and a bit of elbow grease.
Low Flow Toilets
If you think about it for a bit you’ll realize that the majority of the water you use goes right down the toilet – literally. A recent EPA study estimated that over 40% of all household water usage is toilet related. Every flush of a standard toilet could be using anywhere from 3 ½ to 7 gallons of water, depending on how old it is. New low flow toilets use 1.6 gallons or less per flush. You don’t have to be a math wizard to see the potential savings there. Some of the new toilets also have dual flush capabilities that allow you to use a 1.1 gallon flush for liquid waste or the 1.6 gallon for solids.
Low flow toilets are the most expensive change that we suggest for the typical homeowner. They can be costly, depending on the brand and style you choose, but good, economical low flow toilets can be had for around $100. If you haven’t installed a toilet before, or just don’t want the hassle, our professionals are more than willing. One call is all you need.