Going green is easier than ever. There are more and more energy-efficient options for everything from appliances to roofing. What you may not realize is that energy-efficient plumbing is another option. Here are some amazing plumbing fixtures that will save you money on your energy bills and reduce your carbon footprint.
1. Touchless Toilet System
The touchless toilet system is similar to the touchless toilets that you see in department stores. Instead of flushing the toilet, a sensor sends a signal to the toilet to flush after you finish and stand up. Not only is the touchless system more sanitary because you aren't touching the handle after wiping, but it is energy-efficient, too. It is designed to conserve water with each flush and reduce pollution or waste.
Energy-efficient showerheads are a great way to save water. Older-style showerheads tend to waste several gallons of water per shower. The energy-efficient fixtures are low-flow showerheads that use much less water without sacrificing water pressure. Some of the best low-flow showerheads only use 1.25 to 2 gallons per minute. Most standard showerheads use about 2.5 gallons per minute.
Showerheads aren't the only fixtures that have low-flow counterparts. Faucets have a federal standard of 2.2 gallons per minute. However, 1.5 gallons per minute or less is considered energy efficient. There are two ways you can switch to energy-efficient faucets. You can either purchase new, low-flow faucets or you can purchase a faucet aerator for your current faucet. A low-flow aerator is a small ring that you put around the head of the faucet. It aerates the water to make less water flow faster, giving you proper water pressure without wasting gallon after gallon.
A PRV is a pressure-reducing valve. It's a device that you can install in your main water line to reduce the amount of water that is used. It's an easy way to conserve water in your home without changing all of your fixtures. The PRV only allows half the amount of water to flow through the water system. With less water flowing through the hot water heater, the water heats up faster and less energy is used. This provides you with both water and heat savings on your energy bills. There are two types of PRVs that you can buy: pilot operated and direct acting.
The direct-acting valve is the most common. It's shaped like a pear and has a spring-loaded pressure-equalizing mechanism. It works automatically every time you turn the water on. The pilot-operated valve is the least popular option.
5. Recirculating Hot Water System
Recirculating hot water systems keep the hot water circulating so you don't have a bunch of freezing-cold water in the pipes. When you start the shower, you waste gallons of water waiting for the water to heat up. With the recirculating system, the water will be warm immediately so every drop of water gets used.
6. Low-Flow Toilets
Low-flow toilets are high-efficiency toilets that don't waste unnecessary water with every flush. Standard toilets use up to seven gallons of water with each flush. It doesn't take that much water for the waste to go through the pipes. The low-flow toilets only use 1.6 gallons of water, saving more than five gallons per flush. With a family of four, if everyone flushes three times per day, you are saving 60 gallons of water each day.
There are many ways to save money on your water bills and reduce your carbon footprint on the planet. Make sure you check out these different green fixtures so you can save as much money as possible. Contact a company like Roto-Rooter Sewer & Drain Service for help installing any of these appliances.