Many older buildings have outdated plumbing which wastes water and money, and therefore you may need an energy-efficient fixture upgrade.
Newer energy-efficient models can help save natural resources and money, and will pay for themselves over time.
Energy efficient fixture upgrades
Energy efficient fixture upgrades are not only attractive but save money on utility bills. For instance, these new fixtures monitor water use. Although costly in the beginning, the investment at the end of the year is worth it, because it offsets the initial installation cost.
- Faucets – Energy efficient faucets are getting better year after year. For example, kitchens now utilize foot-operated faucet controls to manage the amount of water needed. Commercial bathroom faucets have found no-touch plumbing fixtures useful, as well. For instance, when a hand is detected, the preset amount of water begins to flow, which saves water and is more sanitary.
- Toilets and Urinals – Years ago, toilets used 4 gallons of water per flush (GPF). In 1992, the average flush only required 1.6 GPF, which is significantly less. Today, dual flush toilets are being installed. This has helped to lower the GPF to 1.28 for lighter flush loads. Furthermore, thanks to technology, fresh water is no longer necessary in urinals; These facilities now use rainwater, washing machine water, or mildly-used water from hand washing in place of freshwater. As a result, this creates a substantial savings in operating costs.
- Water Heaters – Depending on where the business is located and the climate of the surrounding area, there are different types of water heaters to choose from. The on-demand water heater is gaining in popularity thanks to its size, operational efficiency and it offers greater convenience. The typical tank water heater with technology is larger and is easier on the utility bills yet still offers constant access to hot water. Solar powered units are great, however they need backup in areas that tend to experience less sunny days.