Posted on 11/16/2012

Low-flow plumbing fixtures help homeowners in two major ways: by saving water and saving money. These types of fixtures are eco-friendly plumbing solutions to reduce your home’s consumption of water and in turn lower your water bills. The bathroom is one of the most important areas to consider when choosing to have low-flow fixtures installed in your home, because it’s one area where people use lots of water. You might also want to consider appliances that use less water, such as a new, more efficient dishwasher or water heater.

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Faucet Aerators
An often-overlooked solution to reducing water flow is the faucet aerator. These are simple attachments that mix the flow of water coming from a faucet with air, providing the same pressure output while reducing water usage. An aerator can even improve the effectiveness of a faucet when washing hands or dishes.

The shower is a big water-waster for many homes. Old showerheads can release more than six gallons per minute, a number that quickly adds up for a 20-minute shower. Reducing the time you spend in the shower can help you save water, but combining this measure with a low-flow showerhead is one of the best things you can do for the environment and for your water bill. Some of the best low-flow showerheads use only 1.5 gallons per minute, so even if you indulge in the occasional longer shower, you will still save water and money.

Low-Flow Toilets
Upgrading your toilet is another excellent way to cut down on water usage. The federal standard for today’s typical toilet is a 1.6-gallon flush. Comparatively, dual-flush toilets require merely 0.8 gallons per flush for liquid waste and 1.2 to 1.6 gallons for solid waste. This can make a big difference if you’re upgrading from an older toilet that uses more than three gallons for every flush.

If you would like to learn more about saving water by switching to low-flow plumbing fixtures, contact Arrow Plumbing, Inc. at (847) 549-9600. We can help you realize the benefits of saving water and money by choosing these simple and cost-effective upgrades.