Recommended Plumbing Fixtures for Your Bathroom

Recommended Plumbing Fixtures for Your Bathroom

Are you building a new home and planning for all of the different features that you want to be included in the bathroom? Or maybe, you're making some updates in the bathroom of a home that you already own and are wondering what the best options are.

Energy-Efficient Fixtures

Energy-efficient, low-flow, bathroom fixtures are becoming more and more popular every day. Not only will they reduce your monthly utility bills, but by reducing your consumption of water, you're also helping the environment by not depleting one of our most valuable natural resources.

Reducing your water consumption will also cause less wear-and-tear on some of your other household appliances like water heaters, water softeners, and well pumps, saving you money on repairs and maintenance. Plus, you won't be paying for the utilities needed to run those appliances as often. Some utility companies are even offering rebates if you purchase water-saving fixtures for your home.

The best way to find energy-efficient bathroom fixtures is to look for the WaterSense label on the product's specification list or packaging. WaterSense is an approved program sponsored by the Environmental Protection Agency and is recognized throughout the industry as having the stamp of approval from the EPA, certifying that the fixture meets the standards of being classified as energy-efficient.

In order for a fixture to qualify for a WaterSense label, it must use at least 20 percent less water than a conventional fixture and still perform effectively. When certifying bathroom plumbing fixtures, the faucets, toilets, and showerheads are individually tested, certifying both their energy-efficiency and their overall functionality. They must meet both criteria to earn the label.

If you're thinking about taking advantage of the financial and ecological benefits of using energy-efficient, low-flow, bathroom fixtures with the WaterSense label, here's some information that will give you a fairly good idea of how much of an impact you can actually make.

 

Faucets

A standard bathroom sink faucet will flow at a rate of 2.2 gallons of water per minute. Bathtub faucets will use anywhere from four to seven gallons per minute. That can quickly add up to hundreds, if not thousands, of gallons every year.

Faucets that have the WaterSense certification will flow at a rate of 1.5 gallons per minute, 30 percent less water than their traditional counterparts. That's 10 percent more savings than they even need to be classified as energy-efficient by the EPA. You can also add WaterSense aerators to your faucets and realize significant savings.

Just think about how much water you could save with eco-friendly faucets and accessories! Then think about how much water could be saved if everyone switched to low-flow, energy-efficient bathroom faucets, and accessories. It would be a huge step towards solving our global water crisis.

 

Toilets

The current government standard for new toilets is that they use less than 1.6 gallons of water per flush. In order for them to earn the WaterSense label, they need to work just as effectively using 1.28 gallons of water per flush. That's another 20 percent in savings.

And that doesn't even account for the older models of toilets. They can sometimes use up to 7 gallons or more per flush, adding up to an astronomical amount of water used every day.

It's estimated that replacing inefficient toilets can save the average family hundreds of dollars every year in utility costs as well as using several thousands of gallons less water than conventional toilets. On a national scale, that could add up to a savings of over 300 billion gallons of water every year.

 

Showerheads

Showers use more water than any other bathroom fixture. On average, a conventional showerhead will use 2.5 gallons per minute and will run much longer than the faucets or toilet. Using that math, a small family could easily be using close to a hundred gallons a day just from the showerhead.

Low-flow showerheads that have the WaterSense seal of approval can cut that usage down to 2 gallons of water per minute, saving a substantial amount of water every time they're used. That savings can equate to nearly 3,000 gallons of water every year for the average family.

To think about the bigger picture, if every household in the country had an energy-efficient, low-flow showerhead, it would result in a savings of nearly 300 billion gallons of water every year. Energy costs would be reduced by almost $3 billion just in water bills, and another $2.5 billion would be saved from the energy used for water heaters, softeners, and pumps.

 

Are You Ready to Make a Difference?

If you're ready to make a real difference in our environment and save a substantial amount of money at the same time by using energy-efficient, low-flow bathroom fixtures, contact our team online or at (909) 219-9704 today. Our team will quickly assess your specific needs and recommend the most viable and cost-effective solutions to make your bathroom a little greener.

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