You’ve heard the benefits of energy efficient appliances. Maybe you’ve known a neighbor or friend who has invested in the types of appliances and plumbing fixtures that are suppose to save you hundreds, if not thousands, over the course of a year.
But, do these energy efficient appliances and plumbing fixtures really save you money?
Do these energy efficient appliances and plumbing fixtures really lower your carbon footprint and improve our quality of life?
Energy Efficient Homes
The simplest explanation and reason for upgrading to newer appliances is that your old, outdated appliances are using too much energy and too much water to work properly…they are just plain inefficient when compared to newer products.
If your washer or dryer, or even fridge, is over 5 years old, I can guarantee that there is a newer product out there that will be far more efficient, use less water, use less energy, and take less time to do the job.
Thus, in this type of situation, a newer appliance will really save you money.
When it comes to plumbing fixtures and saving water, as a Gilbert plumber I’m all for switching to more efficient systems…
Technically speaking, The Environmental Protection Agency runs the Water Sense program to identify products that can cut down on your water usage, as well as provide tips on how to adjust your behavior to find even more efficiencies.
Products that get the Water Sense certification must perform as well as their standard counterparts but conserve at least 20 percent more water. Among the options to help you save:
- Toilets: Ultra-low-flow toilets use 1.28 gallons of water per flush or less. That’s compared to 1.6 gallons for normal low-flow models, and as high as 6 gallons for older toilets. Other models have two flush options so you can use even less water when flushing only liquid waste.
- Sink fixtures: Standard federal regulations cap water flow from sink faucets at 2.2 gallons per minute, but Water Sense products go a step beyond that, limiting output to a maximum of 1.5 gallons per minute. The average family can save 700 gallons per year by making the switch, according to the EPA.
- Showerheads: American families use up 40 gallons a day in the shower, or 17 percent of total household water use. Ultra-low-flow showerheads use two gallons of water per minute or less, helping you hold your consumption to a minimum.
By consuming less water, using state of the art plumbing technology, you are not only doing your part for your community, you are literally saving money by saving water.
Interested in learning more about plumbing systems and appliances that will save you money? Call today!