Everyone could use a little extra money. Cutting back on the amount of hot water you use in the bathroom can drastically reduce both your water bill and your energy bill. Following are three tips suggested by a Roto-Rooter plumber to help you save money.
Showering uses a lot of water. In an effort to conserve water, the Federal Energy Act of 1992 restricted the flow of water from faucets to 2.5 gallons per minute (gpm). Many showerheads were made before 1992 and use an average of four to five gallons of water each minute. Some even use as much as eight or nine. Even if you have a 2.5 gpm showerhead, you could save even more money with a showerhead that restricts the flow of water to 1.5 gpm.
Many individuals love the luxury of showering in a lot of water. To help make it feel that way, special features have been added to the showerheads. For instance, you can get an aerating showerhead that mixes air into the spray of water. The mixture of air and water increases the force of the spray which gives you the essence of using more water than you really are. You can get several different styles of low-flow showerheads in the plumbing section of your local hardware store.
A simple trick to help save water is to turn off the tap while you are brushing your teeth or shaving. If you take 2 minutes to brush your teeth and your faucet uses 2.5 gallons of water per minute that is five gallons of water you can save by just turning off the water.
Toilets use a lot of water. With minimal effort you can save water and money by fixing any leaks and installing a dual flush toilet.
Leaky toilets waste up to 200 gallons of water each day. It isn't difficult to fix a toilet if you have some plumbing experience. If you don't, give us a call and one of our plumbers can come and help you. Before long you will have saved enough water to more than pay for the professional help.
Dual flush toilets give you the control over how much water you use each time you flush the toilet. When you push one button you use less water. It is intended to flush water and small amounts of toilet paper. When you need more water to get rid of waste, you push the other button. This releases a larger amount of water than the other button.
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