Switching to low flow fixtures in your bathroom offers significant cost savings. It will allow you to reduce your water use without sacrificing your daily conveniences, and in the process enjoy several other bonus benefits of smart water consumption.
The bathroom can easily become the biggest water guzzler in your home, especially if it is installed with traditional and older sink taps, shower heads and toilets. Every time you flush, 5 gallons or more of water per minute go down the drain. When you take a shower, you use 10 to 20 gallons every 5 minutes. And when you indulge in a bath, that’s 40 gallons of water you consume. Meanwhile, short, frequent activities such as brushing your teeth amount to 2 gallons per minute (.25 gallons if you remember to turn the tap off).
Count how many times a day everyone in the household goes to the bathroom to take a shower, brush their teeth and use the toilet, and you can easily imagine the volume of water that your consumption can add up to.
To start saving water, it may help to change some of your consumption habits: turn off taps when not in use, take fewer baths, cut your shower time, and more. But these measures can be supplemented by a solution that results in bigger, more impactful results: Make the switch to low flow plumbing, Melbourne experts say.
When you replace your traditional fixtures with low flow models, you can cut your water consumption by 50 percent up to 70 percent. For instance, flushing in a low flow toilet requires as little as 1.6 gallons (from 5 to 7 gallons for conventional models) while taking a shower using a low flow showerhead only amounts to 2.5 gallons (from 10 to 20 gallons).
Reducing your water consumption allows you to experience the following benefits:
The use of low flow fixtures in the bathroom won’t hinder your daily productivity, efficiency and sanitation. These fixtures are designed with components that restrict flow to reduce water use, but they are also fitted with aerators so you won’t notice the difference. If you take a shower under a low flow shower, for instance, you will experience the feeling of a full flow, because the showerhead is engineered to efficiently and evenly deliver water within a target surface area.
Water conversation advocates estimate households can save as much as $100 a year in total utility costs when they switch to low flow bathroom fixtures and plumbing. The savings come from lower water bills, lower energy bills (since there is now a lower volume of water to heat) and lower sewer charges due to water use reduced in half.
Water supply and consumption is a serious issue. In many parts of the world, water is scarce, expensive and difficult to access. When you lower your water use, you help in conserving one of the planet’s most valuable resources, and you do your part in making the world a better, more human place to live in.
Switching to low flow plumbing requires some investment and serious commitment. Call your local plumbing team today to know more about efficient water use in your household.