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Low-Flow Fixtures

Awareness of eco-friendly products is growing, and more homeowners are concerned about preserving our natural resources. With the world’s population increasing every day, concerns over an adequate water supply have grown as well. It only makes sense to conserve water wherever possible, and low-flow fixtures are a good place to start.

Before the National Energy Policy Act was passed in 1995 mandating toilets use no more than 1.6 gallons of water per flush, the average toilet used 3.5 gallons of water per flush. A conventional shower head used 4-5 gallons per minute. For a 15 minute shower, that equates to approximately 75 gallons of water. Imagine buying 75 gallon jugs of water every day for your shower, and how long it would take someone to drink that much!

Even though federal law sets an allowance for the maximum amount of water allowed for fixtures, ideally, we should look for ways to reduce that amount even more. One program called WaterSense partners with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and looks for ways to conserve water.

Stopping short of the saying “if it’s yellow, leave it mellow, if it’s brown, flush it down” you really don’t have to change your lifestyle much to conserve water. There are many low-flow fixtures available, and even some waterless models. Low-flow fixtures do not cost any more than conventional fixtures, and the following help point out how much they save.

  • High-Efficiency Toilets - Toilets can account for up to 30% of the water used within homes. The standard low-flow toilet uses 1.6 gallons of water, whereas high-efficiency toilets use less than 1.3 gallons.
  • High-Efficiency Bathroom Sink Faucets - Federal law allows for up to 2.2 gallons of water per minute with standard faucets. High-efficiency faucets will use no more than 1.5 gallons per minute.

Simple changes to habits can help save water. For example, turn off the water while brushing your teeth, take shorter showers, and streamline your outdoor irrigation. If you work with the WaterSense program, they can assist you in saving up to 9000 gallons of water per year in your yard.

When planning your bathroom or kitchen remodel, look for fixtures that have the WaterSense label. Not only will you be exceeding the standard for low-flow fixtures, but these products have been tested for durability and performance as well. Then, receive a free estimate from one of our certified bathroom remodeling contractors to make your home more eco-friendly.

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