Did you know the average person uses between 80 and 100 gallons of water each day? That’s nearly 3000 a month for every person in your household! Not only is that a lot of money spent on water and the electricity for the water heater, it’s also not great for the environment. The more water we use, the more processing that has to happen to clean it. Did you know there’s an easy solution to using even less water? Let’s check out how you can save money by installing plumbing retrofits.
Before we can lower our water usage, we need to know where it’s being used. The fact is, most water is used from flushing the toilet, closely followed by showering and bathing. However, no one really wants to change their showering or flushing habits. It’s inconvenient and people don’t tend to be flexible about changing their hygiene standards. Therefore, the first thing you need to know is that plumbing retrofits don’t require any change in habits.
What are Retrofits?
Retrofits are plumbing hardware that can be installed retroactively. That means you don’t need to have your bathroom remodeled to install them. Simply put, they’re fixtures that limit how much water is used. For instance, there are retrofits for your shower head that limit the amount of water allowed to come through at a time. These retrofits also narrow the passage through which is flows. By upping the pressure of the water in your shower, you don’t need as much water to get the soap out of your hair. It’s a win win!
What Kinds Are There?
You can save money by installing plumbing retrofits in more than just the shower. You can also get plumbing retrofits for:
- The toilet. A retrofit can be put into the tank of a toilet to limit the amount of water used when flushing. It uses the same mechanic of higher pressure over water volume.
- The sink. Sink retrofits don’t increase pressure, as it could cause splashing. You don’t really need a lot of pressure for a sink anyway. Instead, sink retrofits use a filter to aerate the water. This allows you to use less water without feeling like you’re washing your hands under only a trickle of water.
- The urinal. If you run a business with a urinal, you should know plumbing retrofits can be added to them as well. Not only will they allow you to save water, they can flush automatically.
Installing Plumbing Retrofits
Installing retrofits isn’t terribly complicated, but it does go faster and ends with more success if you know your way around plumbing. Therefore, it’s best to hire a professional if you’re not very familiar with the inner workings of your bathroom plumbing.
If you need help installing plumbing retrofits in the Toronto area, give us a call at POM Plumbing and we’ll be happy to help you out.