Water Saving Plumbing Fixtures

By Robert Robillard on Bathrooms, Plumbing


The first step in saving water is to install eco-friendly, high efficient water saving plumbing fixtures.

Did you know that many water experts state that clean, fresh water is becoming limited? Therefore, it is essential for the U.S. to learn to adopt better behavior in reducing daily water usage.

This notion, in conjunction with the recent BP Gulf tragedy, alerts us all of the growing importance of preserving clean water which includes best practices and the installation of low-flow plumbing products like toilets, accounting for most water consumption in the home. As modern plumbing technology allows for significant water conservation, it is imperative for homeowners to understand the value of saving the Earth’s most precious resource beginning in their own home.

According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the average household that installs water efficient plumbing products such as low-flow toilets, faucets and shower-heads under the WaterSense Program can save 30,000 gallons per year – which is enough to supply a year of drinking water for 150 neighbors. The EPA also acknowledges that if every American home installed a WaterSense labeled bathroom sink faucet or faucet accessories, our nation could save more than $350 million in water utility bills, over $600 million in energy costs (for heating water), and 60-plus billion gallons of water per year.

National plumbing manufacturer – Gerber Plumbing Fixtures LLC offers bathroom faucets that provide homeowners with both substantial water savings and top performance. According to Gerber’s Vice President of Marketing, Kevin McJoynt, “No loss of water pressure is evident with our low flow faucets. That’s key for customers who still want a full-force washing experience.”

 Water Saving Plumbing Fixtures

The latest bathroom faucets come with water-saving, low-flow aerators that bring water flow down to just 1.5 gallons per minute, while still providing ample pressure. This flow reduction not only saves water, but it is achieved without compromising product performance. In tandem with low-flow faucets, High Efficiency Toilets (HETs) utilize only 1.28 gallons of water or less per flush. Water conserving toilets should replace older models as today’s marketplace has a plethora of HETs from dual flush toilets to pressure-assisted models.

Though it is difficult to quantify exactly how much a “typical” homeowner would save in utilities, an HET that uses an average of 1.1 gallons per flush can reasonably save about 1,000 gallons per year per user compared to a standard 1.6-gallon toilet, and almost 4,500 gallons per year per user compared to a 3.5-gallon toilet.

The WaterSense label provides an easy way to identify HETs. Knowledgeable contractors will be well-informed as to which products have been certified by an independent third party and are often eligible for considerable rebates, offsetting the cost of replacement.

So what are you waiting for, let’s do our part in saving water today by installing water saving plumbing fixtures.

Click here to learn more about the EPA WaterSense Program.

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Robert Robillard

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Rob Robillard is “The Concord Carpenter” Rob is a builder, general contractor, carpenter, woodworker, and editor of Concord Carpenter and ToolBoxBuzz As a General Contractor and carpenter, Rob owns and operates Concord Carpenter LLC. A full-service remodeling and construction company. Rob is a recognized leader in home building best practices and a source for how-to information for building professionals. On this website, Rob covers all aspects of home construction, building science, home improvement, woodworking, remodeling, and some of the best product and tool reviews. Rob is in charge of our Tool and Product Review series - Concord Carpenter Videos where we post all of our tool reviews and video tutorials. Rob approaches remodeling and building construction with a pragmatic and problem-solving approach. He enjoys using his knowledge and experience to help and educate building professionals as well as DIYers on best practices in the construction and remodeling industry. He's a strong advocate for "raising the bar" in the construction trades and promoting the trades to youth. #BeAMentor #Green2Great Craftsmanship, quality, and pride guide his journey on this channel The Concord Carpenter's motto: "Well done is better than well said!" : Read more about Rob

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