The hot summer months are a time when families tend to go through much more water than they do other times of the year. If your family is thinking about how to be more water conscious with summer on the way, your first call should be to your favorite plumber.
Due in part to the Energy Policy Act (EPAct) that was passed in 1992, manufacturers have been designing and making items such as toilets, faucets, and shower heads that are better at conserving water. As a result, many items in your home could be replaced to help you conserve water.
- Toilets – Newer toilets now use much less water for each flush than older ones. Your plumber can install a new toilet that not only uses less water overall, but has a dual-flush feature that enables you to use even less water when conditions do not necessitate the full flush. There are also high-efficiency toilets that use unique valve systems and pressure-assist technology.
- Faucets – The technology of today’s faucets includes flow regulators and aerators that work to conserve water. Ask your plumber what type of faucet he would recommend for your home.
- Shower Heads – Everyone loves a shower head that has a nice spray that delivers water at a pressure to make spending time in the shower enjoyable. Having a shower head that accomplishes this with less water is a win-win situation. And, speaking of the shower, talk with your plumber about an on-demand water heating system. Having an on-demand water heater means you don’t need to wait for hot water to arrive in the shower, thus saving all that water and time!
- Repairs – Finally, enough cannot be said about taking care of the various leaks around your home. It is amazing how just a small drip can add up to a lot of water over time. A plumber can do an inspection around your house – inside and out – to check for leaks and weak points that could become a problem in the near future.
We all have a responsibility to conserve water as much as possible to safeguard a continued supply for generations to come. Just a few changes in our homes can go a long way to doing our fair share.