Water Conservation in Walnut Creek
When is the last time you opened your utility bill and were surprised by the low cost of energy? Yeah, us either. That's part of the reason our Walnut Creek plumbing team dedicated a great deal of time and effort to understanding the newest, greenest technologies available in our industry. What we found out was shocking! With the right combination of upgrades, a home built in the 1970s could cut utility bills by up to 50% by upgrading standard fixtures to new WaterSaver and Energy Star qualified ones. That would be like taking a $200 bill and cutting it to $100. What could you do with an extra $100 a month?
There's never been a better suited phrase for water conservation than “stop flushing your money down the drain.” Toilets account for over 40% of all household water use in the average family. A toilet made before the 1980s used a whopping 5.5 gallons of water per flush, ones made in the 1980s and 1990s used 3.5 gallons (in the 1950s they used up to 7 gallons!). The tanks that are available today use between 1.1 and 1.6 gallons of water per flush. By installing one of the dual flush variety toilets you could save a minimum of 1.9 gallons of water per flush (at least a 54% reduction). So, just by replacing your current toilets with low flow fixtures you can save over 20% on your water bill.
Start Saving Money By Updating Your Fixtures
While you could buy all new WaterSaver approved faucets for your home at over $100 a pop our Walnut Creek plumbing pros have another suggestion, adding aerators. Adding an aerator to each of your existing faucets can reduce the flow rate from 4 gallons per minute to roughly 2.5. This is almost a 40% reduction in water usage in the kitchen and bathroom sinks. These aerators cost about $10 each and are available for almost every faucet on the market. Even though faucets don't account for a considerable amount of water usage, the savings should be enough to pay for the aerators in under two years.
Another major water waster in the traditional home is the showerhead. Some showerheads use as much as 5 gallons of water per minute. The WaterSaver approved replacements use half that. With flow rates of roughly 2.5 gallons of water per minute you could take twice the number of showers and still come out even. If you stay on your current shower schedule you'll cut your showering cost in half!
Get a High Efficiency Water Heater Installed
Our Walnut Creek plumbers are experts in conventional and tankless water heater systems. There is simply too much information to put in this tiny section so we've dedicated an entire page to explaining the benefits of switching to a tankless system as well as ways that you can improve your water efficiency if you choose to stay with a conventional tank.
Call our Walnut Creek plumbing team now to schedule an appointment to see just how much money you could save each and every month just by switching to eco-friendly water solutions.