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The Importance of High-Efficiency Fixtures


     The trend toward fixtures and appliances that are water and energy efficient has been in full swing for over twenty years.  The bright yellow Energy Star tags have become a normal sight in home improvement and appliance stores.  But just how important is it to purchase these types of appliances?

     According to the Environmental Protection Agency, if every household in America made the switch to efficient appliances and fixtures, the U.S. would save 3 trillion gallons of water and $18 billion dollars per year.  That’s a pretty staggering statistic, and it means that even a small fraction of participating households really do have an impact on the environment.

     Making the change doesn’t require a change in lifestyle.  Many of today’s low-flow fixtures are engineered to work just as well as, if not better than, their less efficient counterparts.  They can be purchased as old equipment breaks down and needs replacement anyway.  Examples include:


     -Toilets – There are several types that can cut down your water bill.  These include low-flush toilets that use just over a gallon of water each time and dual flush toilets that allow you to choose more or less water.


     -Showerheads and Faucets:  These are inexpensive and easy to install, which makes them a great first option for those who are working toward water conservation.  An ultra-low-flow showerhead can reduce the amount of shower water a household uses by up to 70%.  This creates a reduced demand on the hot water heater, saving about 300 kilowatt hours of energy annually.  That’s enough to power a television for an entire year!


     -Washers – Not only do HE washing machines use less water than conventional machines in the first place, they also remove more water during the spin cycle.  This means the clothes have to spend less time in the dryer.  Many people have noticed less wear and tear on their clothing after using HE washers.


     It’s easy to see how small changes in your household can have a significant impact on your environment and your wallet.  Every household counts, including yours.  A&W Plumbing is here to help when you’re ready to install your new energy efficient fixtures.