In Yuma, AZ, you probably use much more water during the hot and dry summers, whether by taking more frequent cool showers or keeping your indoor plants healthy. As you’ve probably seen, this results in a significantly higher water bill. In this desert climate, we don’t have much water to spare. If you upgrade to low-flow fixtures, you could conserve water and help your budget.
Low-Flow Shower Heads
Showers account for roughly 30% of water use in a household. When you install a low-flow shower head, however, you can save up to 2,900 gallons of water in a year. That savings is just from replacing a single shower head.
Today’s shower heads put out 2.5 gallons of water per minute. Whether or not you are considering full bathroom and kitchen remodeling, an upgrade to a low-flow shower head can reduce that to two gallons of water per minute or even less.
If you’re considering upgrading your shower heads to low-flow ones, PHD Plumbing suggests two types: aerating and laminar flow. Aerating shower heads mix air with water to create a mist-type spray. Laminar shower heads produce separate streams of water for a harder flow.
Like showers, toilets also account for about 30% of water use in the home. When you upgrade to a low-flow toilet, you can reduce the amount of water used for each flush. Older toilets used about six gallons of water per flush. New toilets can reduce this amount to about 1.6 gallons of water per flush.
With a low-flow toilet, you can reduce this further to about 1.28 gallons of water per flush. This is about 20% less water per flush, which is a lot of water saved in a month. You can upgrade to a gravity low-flow toilet or a pressure-assisted toilet. Remember that you should use less toilet paper with low-flow toilets to avoid clogging your pipes.
Your kitchen and bathroom faucets are other fixtures that you can upgrade to save water. By installing low-flow faucets in your kitchen and bathrooms, you can reduce the water flow by up to 30%. Most faucets run about 2.2 gallons per minute. A low-flow faucet runs about 1.5 gallons per minute. You can save on regular and hot water, which would also reduce your energy bill.
When you need plumbing services in Yuma, contact PHD Plumbing. We offer professional drain cleaning, sewer line repair, leak detection, and water heater services. We can inspect, repair, maintain, and install plumbing fixtures. We offer bathroom and kitchen remodeling services as well. Schedule an appointment today.