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Homeowners who switch to high-efficiency appliances and fixtures can significantly save on their water bills and electricity bills. They are helping the environment at the same time. Unlike their less efficient counterparts, these appliances and fixtures are designed to use less energy and water yet can still do more.
If you want to save money in the long run, talk to a plumber about getting high-efficient plumbing for your home. High-efficient appliances and fixtures will make your lives easier and less stressful. Also, they can minimize costly plumbing repairs when regularly maintained.
We have provided some information below about low-flow fixtures and energy-saving appliances.
These efficient toilets are designed to cut the amount of water used by traditional toilets in half. For dual flush toilets, there is a half flush option for the liquid waste and the full flush for solid waste. One of their features includes wider drainage which means you will less likely experience any clogs. By switching to low-flow toilets, you get to save about 20,000 gallons of water annually, if you are a family member of 4.
Traditional toilets use about 1.6 gallons of water while a low-flow toilet only uses 1.28 gallons per flush. For the dual flush, that’s .8 gallons for liquid and 1.6 for solid waste.
Gravity-fed – this type of low flow toilet is more affordable and is less noisy.
Pressure-assisted toilets – Noisier than gravity-fed but you can save about 45% water with this type. It uses air pressure for pushing the water down.
Always hire the services of a plumber for proper installation of these toilets.
Low- Flow Showerheads and Faucets
Typical showerheads dispense about 5-8 gallons of water per minute. With low-flow, just 2-2.5 gallons. You get to save at least 50% of water per minute. A normal faucet would dispense about 2 gallons of water per minute while an efficient faucet is 1.5 gallons. If you can’t buy a new faucet, you can always attach an aerator to save water. Call a plumber if you do not know how to attach the aerator to your faucet.
Consider WaterSense Labeled Products for your Fixtures
When getting a new bathroom or kitchen fixtures, talk to your plumber about the best WaterSense labeled products. These products have gone through an extensive certification process and are backed by the US Environmental Protection Agency. They have been tested for their performance and efficiency. You can save 20% more water with WaterSense labeled products than their less efficient counterparts. That’s about $600 average savings in your water bills each year.
They cost more than traditional washers but it is guaranteed that you get to save more on your electric and water bills. Also, high-efficiency washers tend to get clothes a lot cleaner than their traditional counterparts. This is because they do not use an agitator. These types of washers spin and rotate the clothes at low and high speeds both clockwise and counterclockwise. Unlike traditional washers, they use just enough water to wash and rinse the clothes. When rinsing, the machine doesn’t fill up as they use sprays to save more water. However, you will need to buy a special detergent for high-efficiency washing machines.
Consider getting this for your home if you want to save money every month. Most importantly, these washers are very gentle on the fabric because of their spin cycles. You are assured that it will put less wear and tear on all your clothes. For proper installation, always call a plumber in Albemarle, NC.
Energy Star Dishwashers
The electricity of more than 50% of the appliances manufactured today is from natural gas and burning coal, which releases pollutants and greenhouse gases that are harmful to the environment. Energy Star dishwashers, on the other hand, use less energy than the other models. This means it helps reduce air pollution and minimize harmful effects on the environment.
You can save about 3,800 gallons of water with Energy Star dishwashers. They also use advanced technology for effectively cleaning the dishes. With their improved water filtration, it efficiently uses detergent and water throughout its cycle. Its soil sensors test how dirty the dishes are and clean them with less water. At the same time, it maximizes cleaning through their innovative dish rack designs.
Should you consider installing one, ensure that it is through a licensed plumber. Do not attempt a DIY to avoid future problems and expensive plumbing repairs. With a professional, you are assured that it is properly installed.
Get a Tankless Water Heater
Tankless water heaters may cost more than conventional heaters but they are highly efficient. You won’t need a bigger space to store it as they are incredibly smaller than the conventional tank. It heats water only on demand which means it uses less energy. Tankless heaters are also less likely to break, therefore it minimizes flooding in your homes. They last twice as long as the conventional water heaters. It uses less energy so lesser water bills every month. The only downside to having a tankless water heater is you will not have hot water when there is no power. Other than that, it is a lot more efficient and cost-effective.
If you live in a small home, it is best for you to install a tankless water heater to save space. Make sure you contact a plumber in your area so better assist you with the water heater installation.
Contact Pride Plumbing
Talk to us if you need help with plumbing installations, repairs and maintenance. We also offer 24/7 emergency plumbing service in the Albemarle, NC area. All our licensed plumbers have had extensive experience in the industry. They are well trained to troubleshoot any plumbing problems and to properly install any plumbing fixtures or appliances.
Do you need a plumber today? Call us at Pride Plumbing for an appointment.