3 Tips to Make Your Home More Efficient

3 Tips to Make Your Home More Efficient

According to the US Geological Survey, we use between 80 and 100 gallons of water every day. Making a few changes to the appliances in our homes and the way we use water can save us a significant amount of water and money, and make our homes more efficient.

If you are concerned that you and your family members are using more water than is necessary, then implement a few of the improvements that we have listed below to see a significant difference in the amount of water your household uses.

1. Bathroom

Toilet

Upgrading your toilet could equal massive savings for your household. Did you know that an older toilet can use up to 6 gallons of water every time you flush? The average person flushes a toilet about five times per day, which means that over a year, one older toilet uses nearly 11,000 gallons of water.

In contrast, a new low flow toilet uses between 1.28 and 1.6 gallons of water with every flush, averaging out to under 3,000 gallons of water used every year. That’s nearly an 8,000-gallon difference between the two toilets and hundreds of dollars in water bills.

Shower Head

According to the Environmental Protection Agency, nearly 17 percent of your residential water use is attributed to showering. Most conventional showerheads use about 2.5 gallons of water per minute, which is equivalent to nearly 10,000 gallons of annual water use for each individual in your household, and that’s if they’re only taking 10-minute showers. That’s a lot of water coming out of the fixture just to go right back down the drain.

If you installed a showerhead with a WaterSense label, this would guarantee that your shower head was using no more than 2 gallons of water per minute. This might not seem like a significant difference, but over a year, the water savings add up. If you do the math, you’ll see water savings of over 2,000 gallons per year.

Faucet

The same goes for your sink faucets, upgrading to a WaterSense product will guarantee that you’re not wasting water where you could be saving it. Most conventional faucets use 2.2 gallons per minute as opposed to the WaterSense faucets that use a maximum of 1.5 gallons per minute.

*Another helpful tip is to turn the sink off while you brush your teeth. A lot of us are in the habit of letting the water run while we brush, but it’s unnecessary and a major waste of water.

2. Water Heater

The next step in your journey to becoming more efficient is to take a look at your water heater. If your water heater is between 8 and 12 years old, then it might be time to replace it, even if it still heats water properly. The cost of heating your water is responsible for nearly 20 percent of your household budget, and this percentage only increases as your water heater continues to age.

Traditional

If efficiency is what you're searching for, upgrading your water heater from a traditional tank heater to a newer model may be the best solution for you. Recent federal regulations require tank water heaters to operate more efficiently. Additionally, sticking with the tank model will save you money that you would otherwise have to spend to retrofit your plumbing and electrical for a tankless model.

Tankless

Tankless options are another great way to conserve energy as they conserve even more water and energy than an upgraded tank model. They have the added benefit of heating water on demand, so you don't have to worry about your family running out of hot water on a busy morning.

3. Washing Machine and Dryer

Lastly, take a look at your washing machine. If you don't have a newer model, there is a good chance that you are wasting both energy and water. Most conventional washing machines use around 23 gallons of water with every load as opposed to the 13 gallons used by ENERGY STAR certified washers.

Installing a new washing machine can help you conserve both water and energy and can provide you with cleaner clothes. For even more energy savings, look into buying a dryer that conserves energy as another great step towards becoming more efficient.

At High 5 Plumbing, we care about all of our customers and their needs, so if your goal is to make your home more efficient and water-wise, our team can help you make that happen. Call us today or visit our website to start your journey towards a more efficient home!

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