Save Water and Money With Low-Flow Fixtures

Four. That’s the number of years that the state of California has been in the midst of drought. This year, drastic measures have been announced at the state level to cut the amount of water residents use, in some cases by as much as 25 percent.

Are you doing anything in your home to reduce the amount of water your family consumes?

As a homeowner, there are easy changes you can make to not only lower your water usage, but to also save you money on your water bill by assessing your current plumbing situation.

The first thing homeowners can do is to take a comprehensive look at their plumbing to make sure everything is working correctly and that there are no leaks or drips coming from sinks or pipes. A leaky faucet can be responsible for the loss of between 3 and 7 gallons of water each day.

After assessing your home’s plumbing to ensure that not a drop of water is being wasted, another smart option is to have a local handyman install low-flow appliances throughout your home. This step can save you a flood of money over the long run.

Many are familiar with low-flow toilets, but did you know that there are low-flow appliance options for nearly ever room in your home? Here is a room-by-room look at where switching to low-flow or high-efficiency appliances can add up to big savings.


Toilet: One of the biggest areas for improvement when it comes to curbing water usage is in the bathroom. Replacing pre-1990’s-made toilets with newer, low-flow toilet option is a wise move. The newer designs are said to save up to $100 in utility costs, not to mention thousands of gallons of water.

Shower: Showering is often one of the main culprits of water use, to the tune of about 40 gallons of use each day. Having a local handyman install a low-flow showerhead can reduce that amount significantly.

Faucet: Just like a low-flow showerhead, a low-flow faucet reduces the amount of water coming out of the pipe while also adding pressure so it’s not as noticeable. A faucet must use a maximum of 1.5 gallons-per-minute to be considered low-flow.


Dishwasher: Many top appliance brands now sell high-efficiency dishwashers.  These appliances often use a fraction of the water– anywhere from 4-10 gallons – compared to average dishwashers that use 9-12 gallons of water per use. An Orange County handyman can help you install a high-efficiency dishwasher in your kitchen.

Laundry Room

Washer: Another high volume water appliance is the washing machine. Using a high-efficiency washer can save up to 40 percent of water per load. These are typically front loading washers and use only 11 to 32 gallons of water per load compared with 40 to 47 for traditional washers.

Call an Orange County handyman today to assess your current plumbing situation, or to help you install new plumbing in your bathroom, kitchen or laundry room.


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