How To Make Your Bathroom More Water-Efficient
Most households use most of their water in their bathrooms, whether it be through the shower or toilet. Old showers and toilets use much more water than most modern ones. In fact, you can find water-efficient showerheads and toilets that are specifically designed to save water. This article will explain what to look for if you want to make your bathroom more water-efficient by getting a new toilet and showerhead.
Water Saving Toilets
The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) states that most of the water we use in our home is used via our toilets: nearly 30% of daily water usage. That percentage can be even higher if you have an especially old toilet. You can usually see the gallons per flush (gpf) of any toilet printed in the bowl, tank or under the lid. If you toilet uses more than 2 gallons per flush, you should upgrade as soon as possible. Some older toilets use over 5 gallons per flush.
When shopping for a new toilet, look for one that has the EPA's Water Sense rating. A Water Sense rated toilet will use less than 1.28 gallons per flush. These toilets are extremely efficient, yet they are clean and sanitary. If you are looking to save water in your home, start by buying a Water Sense toilet.
Water Saving Showerheads
Just like old toilets, old showerheads are bound to be more wasteful. Furthermore, they are bound to have worse water pressure, making your showers a little less enjoyable. The EPA estimates that 17% of our daily water usage comes from our showers. Old showerheads often use over 3 gallons per minute (gpm). Water Sense rated showerheads use less than 2 gpm. When it comes to saving water in a shower, you also have to take into account the fact that you will also be saving money and energy. If your showerhead uses less water, you will have less water to heat. So, with a new Water Sense showerhead, you are effectively reducing your water bills and your electric or gas bill (depending on what type of water heater you have) at the same time.
The great thing about installing a new toilet and showerhead as part of your bathroom remodel is the fact that you can change them both in the same day. In fact, you can probably handle both installations on your own with a few basic plumbing tools. It is a smart way to immediately reduce your water bills and your impact on the environment.