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Monday, August 24, 2015

Plumbing: 5 tips to saving water in your shower

Plumbing: 5 tips to saving water in your shower
Many people in developed countries opt to shower instead of bathing, in order to preserve water.

What Consumes More Water: Bath or Shower?

While the average bath uses between 35-50 gallons of water, a 10-minute shower using a low-flow shower head only uses only 25 gallons. The average shower head delivers approximately 5 gallons (19 litres) per minute, which equals 50 gallons per person per shower. Of course, at that rate, you might as well take a bath.

These figures leave a dilemma, because a shower is so much faster than running a tub, but if you’re going to use it, you may as well preserve the bath water. How do you save water in the shower?

5 Tips for Saving Water in the Shower

Here are some of the top tips for saving water in the shower from Spartan Plumbing.

1. Inspect your pipes and faucets for leaks

Of course, this applies to the whole home and not just the shower. Large leaks can waste hundreds of gallons of water, while even a small drip caused by a worn shower faucet washer can waste up to 20 gallons a day.

2. Install water-preserving fixtures and equipment

As a homeowner, you will find water-saving water restrictors or low-flow showerheads easy to install. Low-flow shower heads use less than 2.5 gallons per minute.

3. Install a converter

Shower converters can be installed on existing showerheads. These handy gadgets automatically pause running water once it gets warm.

4. Install an aerator

All showers and in fact, all household faucets, should have aerators fitted. Not only is it the best method of conserving water, but it is also the most cost-effective.

5. Don’t wait for the water to get hot

By insulating your pipes, you will get hot water much faster than when you have to wait for the water to get hot. Insulating your hot water pipes with pre-slit foam pipe insulation is both inexpensive and easy.

Call Spartan Plumbing, 541-500-1787, and learn how we can help you setup your  #plumbing to conserve water.

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