We’re sure you’re aware that plumbing fixtures come in all different styles and designs, but were you aware that they also are made for different water flow levels? Some fixtures, such as your shower heads and toilets, are designed to use less water than others, and for good reason.
Low flow plumbing fixtures offer a number of benefits for both your home and the environment — all the more reason you should make the switch.
The Benefits of Low Flow Plumbing Fixtures
Low flow plumbing fixtures are designed to limit the amount of water they expel. Generally, they lower flow rates of showerheads from around 5.5 gallons per minute (GPM) to 2.5 GPM, faucets from 2.5 GPM to 1.5 GPM, and toilets from 3.5 GPM to 1.6 GPM.
Since they don’t expel as much water each time you use them, low-flow plumbing fixtures can save thousands of gallons of water per year.
Since you’re using less water with each fixture, that means some of your appliances that use water won’t use as much energy as they would with regular flow fixtures. For example, if you use a low flow showerhead, your water heater won’t have to warm as much water for your bath, and that ends up saving energy and the costs that go with it.
This one is pretty simple — when you don’t use as much water or energy in your home, your utility bills shrink over time. That’s more money in your pocket to save or spend on new home systems, like a tankless water heater.
Save the Planet
Water is the most precious resource we have — it quite literally gives us life — and yet we’re running out of safe and clean water more and more every day. By using low flow fixtures to decrease your water use, you’re doing your part to conserve our greatest resource.
There are plenty of ways to save water and money in your home, and low flow plumbing fixtures are a great way to start! For more advice on how to reduce how much water you use, ask the plumbing experts at Prestige Plumbing.