How to Make Your Bathroom More Water Efficient

Written by Channel 8 Cleveland on December 24, 2013. Posted in Commercial toilets, Contemporary toilets, Corner bathtub

Bathroom sinks and faucets

When you own a home or run a business, you’re always looking for ways to cut costs. Mortgages, overhead and utilities all add up at the end of the month, so it’s to you benefit to figure out ways to start paying less when those bills come in the mail. One of the biggest problems areas in a home isn’t the kitchen, as a lot of people tend to think it is, but the bathroom.

Indeed, the Environmental Protection Agency reports that bathrooms require the most water usage of any other room in a building or home. But today, saving water has never been easier, thanks to the innovations and modernization of energy efficient technology. If you’re trying to find a few ways to lower your bills or operating costs, starting with these three quick tips might help.

Opting for low-flow modern toilets

Toilets
can use an excessive amount of water, especially the older they are. Depending on when your home was built — or when your office building was last renovated — you could be dealing with toilets that simply aren’t water efficient when they flush. Low-flow toilets use far less water than regular ones because of their unique control system, making your home or business, in turn, need to pay less in water expenses. Plus, low-flows are more sleek, meaning they can complete your particular style and bathroom design.

Checking for leaks

The most high-tech toilets won’t be much help if your water is escaping from a leaky pipe and costing you hundreds extra. It’s important to regularly examine both the toilet and shower bases for any water that might accumulate after a shower or a flush. Check the connecting pipes as one could have easily sprung a leak. Call a plumber in if you find something you’re not sure about. No matter what you do, always know where your water is coming from and where it’s going.

Installing efficient faucets and shower heads

Base leaks aren’t the only kind you have to worry about. Older faucets and shower heads can drip relentlessly, too, racking up the costs where you shouldn’t be worrying about them. The newer your faucet, though, the less it’s likely to drip, and the less wasteful its regular water stream is. The same thing goes for shower heads — and even come equipped with timers that will shut off after a certain number of minutes to help you maximize your total efficiency. Aesthetically, it’s the same story here when it comes to style and bathroom design.

No matter what type of bathroom you’re looking to upgrade, know that you have options both for your hardware and for your style and bathroom design. A good rule to remember is: The more modern, the better for your bills (and your bathroom’s feng shui). Here’s to saving money and saving the planet!

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