When you’re designing your new bathroom, chances are you’ve considered how the appearance of your new fixtures will fit into the overall look. But have you thought about a more important role your fixtures might play? Choosing the right showerhead, toilet, and interior faucets during your bathroom remodeling can make a huge difference in your family’s water consumption. The EPA claims that changing your fixtures could save you up to 2,300 gallons of water per year. This also reduces the usage of your water heater, which can account for a quarter of your power bill.
According to the EPA, a family of four uses up to 400 gallons of water a day. Simply replacing older fixtures with those meeting current guidelines can make a big difference. Old showerheads often used as many as seven gallons per minute! Similarly, older toilets used three to seven gallons per flush, whereas new ones use only one and a half gallons per flush.
Fixtures that are certified with the EPA’s WaterSense logo are 20 percent more effective than those that only meet minimum federal specifications. For instance, WaterSense showerheads have a maximum flow rate of two gallons per minute, while modern showerheads flow at two and a half gallons per minute.
When water-saving fixtures first became popular, they often did not stand up to the performance of standard fixtures. They also come in a wide range of styles and price points. However, new advances have helped to change this, and they are often just as good. WaterSense showerheads must meet performance requirements including spray force, spray coverage, and range of pressure.
So when you’re planning your bathroom remodeling, don’t choose your fixtures just based on aesthetics. Pick one that will be good for the environment, and your family!