Is Your Bathroom Efficient?

Is Your Bathroom Efficient?

Homeowners in Ottawa are always trying to identify ways to make their homes more efficient. For one, it’s beneficial to the environment to use less energy. It’s also beneficial to your wallet to reduce utility bills. In the bathroom, the primary concern is water use. Let’s explore how you can enjoy full use of your bathroom while reducing water usage as much as possible:

Sinks

First things first, you’ll want to make sure your sink has an efficient faucet with a flow rate suitable for domestic use. Hold an 8-cup (2 litre) measuring cup under your faucet at full volume. If it fills in under fifteen seconds, you should consider replacing your current faucet with an aerated faucet. Essentially, a faucet aerator is a metal screen that divides water into many small streams instead of one large one, with air in between. Not only does it create a steadier, more stable steam, but it creates a high-pressure stream while using less water. Faucet Fix can help install an aerated faucet from one of the top brands.

Other water conservation methods include turning the tap off while brushing your teeth and shaving with a plugged sink instead of letting the tap run. If your faucet is constantly dripping, then get a plumber to look at the problem right away. You could be wasting up to six gallons of water a day from one leaky faucet.

Showers and tubs

The flow rate of a shower is supposed to be no more than 2.5 gallons per minute. If it is more than that, then it would be wise of you to consider replacing it with a low-flow model. Once again, Faucet Fix’s handy team can install this fixture on your behalf.

Slow or fast, it won’t matter if you shower for too long. You only need five minutes to shower unless you have been in a mud fight. When lathering and shampooing, turn the shower off to save water.  If you are using the tub instead, then don’t wait for the water temperature to change, plug the tub right away. Minimize water wastage as much as possible.

Toilets

Water can run in the toilet endlessly and uselessly. If you suspect the toilet is running silently, the put food colouring in the tank to confirm your suspicions. Old toilets use 3.5 gallons of water per flush whereas new models use 1.6 gallons per flush. The difference is significant and change your toilet right away. You can save water without replacements too. Flush just once and do not waste flushes on tissues.

These may feel like really little things but they can save significantly when effort is made more collectively. Tell your children how to use water in the bathroom and teach them the importance of conserving water. Keeping the planet safe is our responsibility so let’s step up and do our part.

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