According to the U.N., global demand for water is expected to increase by one-third by 2050. It’s an increase we’re not expected to meet, unless we do something about our current water habits.
Your bathroom is the culprit behind much of the water we lose every day. Picture this: we flush over 270,000 trees down the toilet every day, which means now is the best time to invest in a sustainable bathroom.
The good news is, having the right plumbing fixtures in place will help you conserve more water. A bathroom remodeling company can help you find ways to turn your bathroom into a sensational spa-like escape with innovative, water efficient plumbing fixtures.
Keep reading to find out about some of the water-wise fixtures that you should consider adding to cut water use in your bathroom.
1. Performance Showerhead
For every shower you take, much of the water goes down the drain unused. When you’re idling under the shower, waiting for the water to get hot, lathering your body while the water’s running or taking your time in between your conditioner and body wash, you waste literal gallons of water.
We recommend you consider installing a low-flow showerhead in your bathroom. The device is pretty inexpensive and can help cut down your water loss. The water-saving showerhead features a shut-off valve that gives you control over the water flow while performing in-shower tasks that don’t need water.
They also come with adjustable spray nozzles that help you control the water pressure coming through the fixture. You have a variety of styles to choose from including hand-held, standard and rain-shower, for a luxurious shower experience using less water.
2. High-Efficiency Faucets
Aren’t we all guilty of leaving the faucet running while we brush our teeth or lather our hands? While it might be difficult changing your loved ones’ faucet-use habits, you can consider installing a high-efficiency faucet. Choosing a sustainable bathroom faucet can significantly reduce your water use.
A bathroom faucet with the WaterSense label can save you 30 percent or more of water compared to a standard faucet. The fixture features an aerator that mixes air into the water at high pressure, which is delivered through the faucet. You won’t even notice a difference in the pressure produced, but it will prevent more water from being wasted.
If you’re worried about sacrificing aesthetics when you decide to go green, worry not. There are dozens of sleek faucet models available in varying styles and price points to suit all kinds of home owners.
3. Recirculating Hot Water System
Nobody wants to wait for hot water to flow from their shower or faucet when they turn it on. Those extra minutes are not only inconvenient but also waste a lot of water.
You can install a residential recirculating hot water kit in your bathroom to end your agonizing wait for hot water. It saves you time and water, plus energy and utility costs.
Conventionally, unused hot water (i.e. the hot water that’s still in the pipes after you’ve turned off the taps) stays in your pipes, where it cools down. It then becomes the cold water that usually runs down the drain when we turn on the hot water tap and wait for water to heat up.
The recirculating hot water system in most instances features a motion sensor which activates the circulation pump when you turn the tap on. It moves water back to the water heater instead of the return plumbing line, reducing the amount of time needed for hot water to reach your shower or faucet.
4. High-Efficiency Toilet
A simple switch to a low flow toilet could cut down your water consumption by up to 60% and save you a whopping $2,200 in the long run, as reported by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Low-flow, Ultra-low-flow, and low-flush toilets are designed to consume half of the amount of water used by conventional toilets.
Apart from using up less water, some low-flush toilets allow you to customize every flush. These highly water efficient plumbing fixtures come with dual buttons where you can select either ultra-low-flow (which acts as a half flush to clear liquid waste) or a full flush (which utilizes more water for solid waste disposal). Most low-flow toilets are also designed to reduce waste clogs, since the drainage passage is bigger.
There are two types of low-flow toilets: gravity-fed and pressure-assisted. Gravity-fed toilets use the weight of water to push waste through the bowl. They are inexpensive and less noisy. Pressure-assisted options use air pressure inside the tank to push the water down the bowl. They can reduce water consumption significantly compared to gravity-fed toilets, although they are quite noisy.
And if you really want to cut down on your water use, you can always switch to a composting toilet.
Real changes happen when we make small tweaks in our daily routines. Making the choice to remodel your bathroom by adding water efficient plumbing fixtures will help conserve water for future use and cut down your monthly utility bill.