Installing Green Plumbing Fixtures

You probably strive to live an ecologically friendly lifestyle. Practicing recycling to reduce your carbon footprint is one way to do so. Another is to conserve as much water as possible while still meeting you family's needs. One way to accomplish this task is by converting to "green" plumbing fixtures. If all United States residents converted to water-saving fixtures, three trillion gallons of water would be conserved and $18 billion dollars saved each year. You can personally improve your bottom line and help the environment by switching to these green fixtures.

Water Circulation Pump

No matter how conscientious you are about the planet, you probably still run your water until it warms up before getting into the shower or even washing your hands. You can avoid wasting water by installing a hot water circulation pump. These devices provide instant hot water, so you don't watch gallons of cold water go unused into the drain. In addition to saving water, they save you time while you hurry to get ready for work.

Low Flow Showerheads

Showers can account for as much as 20 -25% of your household's water usage. Older models of low-flow showerheads may have provided showers that were weak and unsatisfying. However, newer models use smaller holes that give you the feel of more water volume while still conserving water. Low-flow showerheads save you approximately .5 gallons a minute, which adds up over the course of a year.

Bathroom Faucets

If your home has bathroom faucets that pre-date 1992, the water may flow at up to seven gallons per minute. Those faucets that were manufactured between 1992 and 1998 flow at around 2.5 gallons per minute. New low-flow faucets cannot allow more than 2.2 gallons per minute due to government standards. The new faucets provide more than enough water to accomplish your grooming and hygiene tasks while cutting down on waste. If you do not want to replace your faucets, you can add a flow restrictor or an aerator to your current model to cut down on your water usage. 

Going green with your plumbing fixtures can save you money on your water usage and help the environment at the same time. These additions are affordable, and you can install many of them yourself. For the larger items, like a water circulation pump, a professional plumber should do the work. For more information, contact Lincoln Sewer & Drain or a similar company.