For most people, thinking about energy efficiency usually has to do with turning off lights and turning up the thermostat. However, water usage is also a critical element of energy efficiency that can have a lasting impact on your home’s value. If you have not yet considered adding efficient plumbing fixtures to your home, here are a few things to consider:
Toilets are one of the most egregious water wasters we have in our homes. If you are still using a toilet that was installed 15 or 20 years ago, each flush could be costing you up to 5 gallons of water! Even more recently, some toilets were still using 3.5 gallons per flush. Today’s most efficient options have gotten it down to a science while only using 1.5 gallons with each flush. In other words, you could be saving 70% more water with each and every flush by upgrading just one toilet in your house.
Another area where we have seen major improvements in efficiency is with shower heads. Many of today’s energy efficient shower heads are designed to optimize water pressure and flow to get you just the right feel while also minimizing the amount of waste. You could save hundreds of gallons each month with this 10-minute fix.
Water heaters have always been a necessary evil that consumed both electricity and excess water. However, today’s tankless models offer significant savings by producing hot water instantly instead of storing and constantly heating unused water. The price of tankless water heaters has come way down in recent years, and more home buyers are looking for this option in their homes as a sign that they are buying green.
How Does this Affect Property Value?
With just the three upgrades mentioned here, you can increase your home’s value. Not only will shoppers see that this home costs less to live in every single month thanks to your efficient plumbing upgrades, but they will also see that the plumbing has been adequately maintained and upgraded, so there should be few future problems. When a home has never been upgraded, many home buyers are wary that there could be danger lurking in the pipes.
You can virtually eliminate this risk by upgrading today with the help of your local Phoenix plumbers! For more information about installing energy efficient plumbing, we invite you to call Day and Night today. We are happy to serve residents all over the Phoenix metro area.