Our part of the world may have abundant water, but the same could not be said about many other parts of the globe. In these areas, water is a dwindling resource. With water shortages everywhere, it’s only proper that we practice water conservation ourselves.
There are many different ways that we can conserve water at home. For one, we can take shorter showers, because showers can waste a lot of water per minute. We can also get rid of the habit of keeping the tap running while brushing our teeth. However, few techniques are as effective at water conservation as installing low-flow faucets and showerheads.
Benefits of installing low-flow faucets and showerheads
Installing low-flow faucets and showerheads offers a lot of benefits, the most obvious of them, of course, is that they help you save a lot of water. While many home owners are aware that they do save water, most of them have no idea how much water they really save.
Consider this: a typical showerhead uses about 15 to 25 litres of water per minute, while a standard tap uses up some 15 to 18 litres per minute. A showerhead with a Water Efficiency Labelling Scheme (WELS) rating of three stars, on the other hand, uses only 6 to 7 litres per minute, while low-flow faucets use as little as 2 litres per minute depending on how the water is used. If you get showerheads and taps with higher WELS ratings, the more efficient they would be. That leads to water savings of thousands upon thousands of water each year.
It goes without saying that reduced water use also mean lower water bills. With your water use dropping significantly, that drop will automatically be reflected on your next water bill. If you have a low-flow showerhead or faucet installed, you can strike a few hundred dollars off your annual water bill.
Low-flow faucets and showerheads also do more than just reduce water use and lower water bills. They can also help lower your energy bills. Remember that a significant percentage of your energy use is dedicated to water heating. The less water is heated while showering or washing, the less energy is used, whether your heater runs on gas or electricity.
Types of low-flow showerheads
If you’re thinking about installing low-flow showerheads, know that there are two main types. There’s the aerating showerhead, which works by mixing air with the water. The result is a wide field of droplets that make people feel that the water flow remains liberal, as if it wasn’t reduced.
Then there’s the laminar-flow showerhead, which is perfect for homes with humidity issues. That’s because thin individual streams of water that it produces helps reduce the amount of moisture introduced to the air.
As for low-flow faucets, it’s the aerator that controls the flow rate. When screwed onto the tip of the faucet, the aerator separates a single water stream into multiple smaller streams that use less water, but provides greater coverage.
You can install these low-flow faucets and showerheads yourself, or you can get a professional plumber to do it for you to make sure it’s done properly and quickly. You can call Beez Neez Plumbing for this kind of help, and we’ll be more than happy to provide this kind of assistance.