Are you looking for ways in which you can make your bathroom more cost-effective? Then you can hire a plumber to perform a variety of upgrades that will result in a bathroom that's more eco-friendly. As a result you'll need to spend less money on the energy and water bills—therefore the cost of the upgrades can at least in part pay for themselves over the long run. To find out the possible upgrades that a plumber could do for you check out the following list:
- Low Flow Toilets – you might not think so, but a lot of water is used up when flushing a toilet, and it can add up to a large volume of water each year. For a family of 4 people as many as 900 gallons of water are consumed as a result of flushing. A low flow toilet can reduce this figure by as much as half, because they can consume only 1.3 gallons of water each time you flush.
- Tankless Water Heater – do you have a water heater in your home that uses a tank? Then you could ask your plumber to remove that and instead install a tankless water heater system. It is estimated that tankless water heaters use as much as 20% less energy. That's because the heated water will not lose any heat after being heated up. Whereas, when water gets heated in a tank it will inevitably lose some of its heat, which is effectively wasted.
- Shower Heads – an experienced plumber will help you choose the type of shower head that can consume the least amount of water whilst not sacrificing on the shower experience. A high efficiency shower head will consume around 1.5 gallons of water per minute, whereas a standard one will consume as much as 2.5 gallons of water per minute. The increase in efficiency can save you a considerable amount of money on your water and heating bills.
- Water-Efficient Faucets – water consumption in your bathroom can also be reduced by upgrading your faucets from standard ones to ones that have a lower flow. This does not mean that it will be harder for you to wash your hands, brush your teeth or shave. It simply means that the flow of the water will be lower without sacrificing on the convenience. Ask your plumber to install faucets that consume only 1.5 gallons of water per minute.