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Remodeling a Kitchen or Bathroom: Choose Money Saving Plumbing Products

Dreaming about remodeling a kitchen or bathroom with shiny faucets, new appliances and gleaming countertops? It’s easy to get excited about upgrading your home, but it can also be a big project with big decisions… that can make a big impact. It’s important to realize that when you’re out searching for appliances and fixtures, your choices will not only be affecting how your space looks once the remodel is complete.
Brown’s Heating, Cooling and Plumbing reminds all our DIY enthusiasts to consider choosing appliances and fixtures that will save you money in the long run, maximize the energy efficiency in your home and improve your carbon footprint.

Saving Money When Remodeling a Kitchen or Bathroom

Kitchen and Bathroom Faucets

Leaky faucets with a seemingly minor one-drip-per-second, can waste 1,661 gallons of water and cost more than $35 per year. While that may not seem like a lot initially, it definitely adds up if you also take other measures to reduce water usage. You’ll be benefiting the environment and your pocket book.
Saving Money When Remodeling a Kitchen or Bathroom Faucet
Faucets are a fairly easy energy lifehack: either fix the faucet leak or install a low-flow fixture. “Do I repair or replace?” This is the question you’ll hear yourself repeat in your head over and over as you plan your kitchen and bathroom. One might think that repairing an older faucet can save more money than buying a new one, but the truth is that your old faucet may be costing you more money down the drain (literally).
Save on water with a low flow faucet and you can save a considerable amount of money in water bills and home heating bills each year. Look for new fixtures that have labels indicating they are part of the Environmental Protection Agency’s voluntary WaterSense program. Don’t worry, these products perform just as well (if not better) than their less efficient counterparts and are at least 20% more efficient than the average product.
Think your leak is bigger than just a drip? A leaking pipe can cause serious damage to floors and ceilings. Give us a call at 800-741-0694 and our master plumbers will come and take a look.

Bathroom Shower Head

Considering that showering accounts for about 20-30% of overall household water usage, switching to a low-flow shower head is a good first step to take when making more environmentally friendly upgrades in the bathroom.
The current Federal regulations mandate that shower head flow rates can’t exceed more than 2.5 gallons of water each minute (pgm), or lower flow shower head which disperses 2 gallons or less of water per minute. By installing a low-flow shower head, you can save up to 15,000 gallons a year per person. For a family of four, that’s $200 per year off your water bill.

Toilets

An average toilet requires between 3.5-7 gallons of water every time it’s flushed. Purchasing a low flush toilet that uses just 1.3 gallons per flush can result in a 60-80% savings (almost 16 thousand gallons of water per year). It will not only make a real difference in your yearly utility bill, a shiny new toilet can really spruce up the look of a bathroom, too!
Not sure if you have a low flush model? More than likely, if your toilet was installed in 1992 or earlier, you can be pretty sure it’s not. That being said, not all modern toilets are considered low flush. When in doubt, give us a call to evaluate your situation and recommend the best toilet for your bathroom remodeling project.

Water Heaters

Remodeling a kitchen or adding a new bathroom to your home can mean that your current hot water heater may no longer be large enough to support the new water demands. Besides, replacing older models will result in bonus savings as modern water heaters tend to be at least 10% more energy-efficient.

We Have the Plumbing Solutions When You’re Remodeling a Kitchen

When you need plumbing services for kitchen and/or bathroom remodeling, the professionals at Brown’s can provide start to finish services that will exceed your goals. Whether you have a simple plumbing repair to be solved, complex installation, or you’re in need of preventative maintenance, you can count on us to provide a solution.
Contact us to speak with one of our plumbing installation experts today.