PFT #40 - Personal Finance Tip: Low-Flow Faucets and Fixtures Save Money and the Environment
Updated: Feb 2, 2022
This week’s topic is about saving water and money with low-flow household fixtures.
When we say “low-flow” this means that less water is used when washing your hands, flushing the toilet and showering.
According to BobVila.com you can save up to 60% over traditional fixtures so let’s run through key points on this topic:
1. Using less water doesn’t necessarily mean less pressure. Manufacturers have designed these products to give you the same or better experience.
2. According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), some toilets can consume six gallons of water per flush or (GPF), whereas low-flow models use less than 1.5 GPF; and they work well to empty the bowl.
3. The EPA sets high standards for qualifying products so when making a purchase look for the EPA’s WaterSense label.
So here’s a few more things to consider:
1. When purchasing a toilet you can opt for Dual-Flush Toilet; one for solid waste while the other is for liquid.
2. For old faucets you may be able to retrofit with an aerator which is the screen that the water goes through.
So to sum things up Bureau of Reclamation reports says .5% of the world’s water is drinkable so choosing these types of products help the environment.
So when it comes to your budget, know that when you purchase these products the upfront cost will be outweighed by the water savings cost in the long run.