Are you planning a bathroom remodel? Do you want to install a new bathroom? Water Conservation is something many of us living in a desert, whether that be in Lehi or elsewhere, think about. Below we’ve listed a few ideas to consider adding into your remodel or brand new bathroom that will help to conserve water. Take a look, who knows you might find something you like!
Sink and Toilet Combination
One simple idea is instead of buying a separate toilet and sink, get a fixture that is both! These toilet and sink combos come in many different styles, sizes, and colors. Generally the two most common styles have a sink either to one side or right on top of the toilet. The general idea is that the water used in the sink goes down the sink drain and into the toilet tank. The water then sits in the tank until the next time you flush the toilet. A really good system will have a filter between the sink and the toilet.
There are several different faucets or faucet attachments that you can have installed to help save water. The first is to add an aerator to your faucet. The water still flows at about the same rate, and the spread is just as wide as your regular faucets spray, but adding air to the water means less water is used at one time. The aerator can actually be added to most faucets, but if you are unsure you can always ask your plumber. Like the aerator, there is an attachment for regular faucets which turns the spray into a mist, and thereby uses less water at one time.
The sleek modern glass and metal faucet produced by 1Limit is another good way to help watch how much water is used at one time. While not great for a kitchen, it would be perfect for a bathroom. The faucet is attached to a regular waterline, but the water doesn’t go directly into the faucet itself. A curved portion of glass is attached to the back of the faucet head holds about one liter of water. When the lever is closed, the glass portion refills if empty. In order to use the faucet you simply open the little lever and it lets the water flow out of the tap. Considering that our faucets release about six times that amount during a single hand washing, this faucet really helps to conserve water!
If you are looking for a slightly more high-tech option, a sensor faucet like you find in public bathrooms is a good choice. Though it doesn’t change how much water runs through the tap, it does turn itself on and off when not in use.
The first water-saving tip we have is to use a low-flow shower head. These shower heads simply restrict the flow of water so less water is used but they keep the same amount of pressure. Low flow shower heads usually use about 2- 2.5 gallons per minute while standard shower heads use somewhere between 3 - 8 gallons a minute. A simple solution and it doesn’t require a ton of remodeling to install.
Another solution is a sensor shower. Much like sensor faucets, the sensor shower head has a sensor that it uses to tell when someone is using the shower head. If you step away from the spray, it automatically stops the water. Step back under the shower head, the water turns back on. Easy, right?
Want to see how much water you are using but not have it restricted by an outside source? The Amphiro A1 Smart Shower Meter attaches to your shower and tells you how much water you have used.
Installing a low-flow toilet can conserve water, but only if your pipes can handle a low-flow toilet. If this option interests you, your plumber in Lehi can help you test your pipes to see if this is an option for you. What is a low-flow toilet? A toilet that uses less water per flush. Low-flow toilets use to be considered inefficient, not flushing all the waste away. Now, however, many companies that make low-flow toilets now have made modifications to the toilets design so they work just as well as regular toilets. Again, if you have questions your plumber can help you decide which type of toilet is right for you.
Found something you want to add to your home? Give Your Plumber Lehi a call today for renovations and installations.