Conserve Water With Plumbing Improvements
If you live in Southern California, then you’re probably aware that many parts of our state have been categorized as areas of “extreme drought” or worse. In fact, California is the driest it has been in 500 years! Despite these alarming facts the average water usage in a three bedroom single family home in our area is about 174,000 gallons.
What can you do to conserve water? AAP Home Services can help! Our plumbing experts can help reduce water usage by as much as 20% for customers in Riverside and throughout Southern CA by improving their home plumbing systems with water conservation in mind.
Regulating Water Pressure
When it comes to plumbing systems, the biggest attribute to water waste is excessive water pressure. How high is too high? Uniform Plumbing Code 608.2 defines high water pressure as excessive when the PSI (pounds per square inch) exceeds 80psi. In addition to wasting water with daily usage, excessive water pressure can cause pipes to fail and leak, which compounds the problem of wasting water. The solution to high water pressure problems in your home? Add a water pressure regulator to your plumbing system. Installing a water pressure regulator will allow you set a conservative water pressure rate in the range of 50-75psi. This will ensure that you are not wasting water with each shower, flush, or load of laundry. To learn more about water pressure issues, visit the High/Low Water Pressure page on our website.
Efficient Plumbing & Appliances
Once you establish a conservative water pressure, the next step to water conservation is to update plumbing fixtures and appliances. Appliances account for close to 20% of the average household’s energy use. Here are some examples of the savings you will see when you replace your everyday plumbing items with newer, more efficient models:
- Low Flow Toilets – Save about 6.4 gallons per flush.
- Faucet Aerators – Save 1.5 gallons per minute.
- Low Flow Shower Heads – Save 22.5-3.5 gallons per min.
When it’s time to replace washing machines and dishwashers, be conscious of the efficiency levels and choose appliances that help conserve water. Choosing a Plumber that is Green Plumber Certified can also ensure your appliances and the installation are as efficient as possible. The Federal Government issues tax rebates on a variety of Energy Star Qualified Appliances, so that is something to consider as well. To learn more about AAP’s plumbing installation abilities, visit our Plumbing Installation page on our website.