Did you know that one of the most water-wasteful things in your home is your shower? According to the Environmental Protection Agency, the average American family uses almost 40 gallons of water per day on showers alone. Not only is this incredibly wasteful, but the added wear and tear on your pipes could end up costing you even more in the long run. So if you're looking for some great holiday gift ideas for the whole family this year, why not ask the big jolly guy for a WaterSense showerhead for Christmas?
WaterSense is an EPA program launched in 2006 to promote responsible water use and water-efficient products. By building relationships with utility companies, plumbing manufacturers, and retailers in the United States, the EPA hopes this voluntary program catches on and reduces overall water use nationwide.
The EPA has specifications that water efficient products must meet in order to receive WaterSense branding. If they meet those specifications, the product is eligible for third party testing to ensure quality.
What's the Difference?
The average American family can save over 2,900 gallons of water per year with a WaterSense showerhead. Doing this will also reduce impact on water heaters, saving energy costs on that end and reducing wear and tear on that as well.
As far as performance goes, all of the WaterSense showerheads shouldn't require any new equipment or installation beyond your existing showerheads. The difference is in the showerheads themselves - several WaterSense-branded showerheads have adjustable options for maximum water-saving potential. But the high-pressure morning shower you're used to doesn't have to go away! Although WaterSense showerheads use less water than conventional ones, that doesn't mean water pressure is necessarily compromised. Think of it as using water smarter rather than making up for it in quantity.
What Does it Mean for My Plumbing?
The less water you pump through your system - pipes, water heater, sewer, everything! - the less wear and tear you'll experience, which will minimize the likelihood for breaks, leaks, and bursts. That means fewer visits from plumbers. But whenever you make a significant change to your plumbing environment, you should probably consult with a plumbing expert to ensure your pipes are up to snuff. Nothing can ruin a brand new showerhead like a burst pipe!
Contact the crew at Pioneer Plumbing and Heating to discuss how you can save money on your water bill and avoid a potential plumbing disaster with a preventative plumbing check-up!