Over the past few decades, many standard residential plumbing fixtures, such as faucets and toilets, have been upgraded to use much less water. But if you are a homeowner who is interested in going beyond the standard, there are special low-flow fixtures that can help you with immense savings. How much? Well, let’s look at one example of a low-flow fixture: the low-flow faucet.
The savings with a low-flow faucet
Modern low-flow faucets reduce the water flow by about 30%, and sometimes more. The average faucet runs 2.2 gallons per minute, while low-flow models run 1.5 gallons per minute. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s WaterSense program, a low-flow faucet that reduces water flow about 30% can save a home 700 gallons of water a year. This is the equivalent of 40 showers worth of water.
Here’s something else to consider: reducing water use through one of these faucets will also save on your energy bills. You will use less hot water, and that means less energy used to heat the water—approximately the same amount as it costs to run a hairdryer for 10 minutes a day every day of the year.
Won’t this cut into the effectiveness of the faucet?
We understand this concern, but trust us that you will barely notice a difference after the low-flow faucet is installed. The flow is ample and can still serve all your household needs. And you are making an investment not only in your own home savings, but in savings across the country. If every home replaced their old faucets with low-flow models, we would save about $1.2 billion in water and energy costs each year, and save 64 billion gallons of water—especially important considering the areas of the country that are now experiencing droughts.
Are you interested in saving money, water, and energy with low-flow faucet installation? Give Modern Plumbing Industries, Inc. (MPI) a call today. We offer low-flow plumbing fixture installation for Orlando, FL and the surrounding areas.