4 Green Plumbing Upgrades That Help You Conserve Water and Save Money

16th January 2018
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Water has a long list of uses.

Beyond drinking water to hydrate our bodies, this clear liquid is also used for irrigation and sanitation purposes.

Approximately 70 percent of the Earth is covered in this liquid, but only less than a percent of it is potable.

As the Earth’s population continues to skyrocket, combined with the careless use of resources and contamination of our water supply by corporations, it is becoming more difficult for people to gain access to pure, clean water.

With such problems, it has become more important for people to find ways to conserve water.

Not only will this help people save money but can also conserve our remaining resources.

Besides getting your dripping taps fixed, here are a few upgrades that can help you conserve water.

1. Water Saving Toilets

Toilets encompass approximately 30 percent of the total use of water inside a home. Using more efficient models can help bring that consumption level down.

Bathroom fixtures that feature low-flow or ultra-low-flow features have been around for a while.

These technological marvels allow homeowners to use less water without affecting performance in flushing waste.

There are many efficient models.

One way to determine if your toilet is performing up to par is to check its consumption.

Toilets produced and installed prior to 1994 used a whopping 1.6 gallons of water for each flush or gpf.

If you own a vintage and plan to replace it, consider these models instead:

  • Ultra-low flush toilets use less than 1.28 gpf
  • Dual flush toilets feature two buttons. One is meant for liquid waste while the other uses more water and designed to flush solid waste.
  • Composting toilets use little to no water when flushing

2. Showerheads

Bath times account for another 20 percent of water use inside the home.

By switching to an ultra-low-flow fixture, you can reduce consumption by up to 70 percent.

Older models use 2.5 gallons of water per minute or gpm.

High-efficiency models use approximately 2 gpm.

Avoid luxury shower towers.

These types of showerheads are water guzzlers and can disperse as much as 20 gallons of water a minute.

Besides reducing water consumption inside the home, high-efficiency showerheads can also help you save on your electricity bills.

Ultra-low-flow showerheads have a lower demand on your home’s water heater.

By shifting to a more efficient showerhead, you could effectively save up to 300 kWh of electricity each year.

The amount of energy you save on your water heater is enough to run your TV set for the same period of time.

3. Faucets

Old tap models use over 2.5 gpm of water.

If you want to save on water and costs, go for more efficient models. High-efficiency types have a flow rate of less than 1.5 gpm.

For some homeowners, a more practical alternative is to get a flow restrictor or an aerator installed on all of your taps. Your local plumber can install this modification for you.

4. Bathtubs

You can still save water without doing away with bathtubs altogether.

There are now smaller tubs that allow you to soak and relax while minimising wastage.

Plus, you can use the free space inside the bathroom to install storage or place additional focal points.

Keep in mind that you will need to acquire the services of a professional plumber to get the upgrades installed properly and maximise their benefits.

With their experience and expertise, professional plumbers can give you suggestions on what other plumbing and bathroom fixtures you can have installed that will allow you to save money and water.

If you have the budget and once you are ready, opt to get all of the water fixtures replaced or upgraded at the same time.

This may cost more upfront but will help you save on labour and travel costs.

Act today and contact your local plumber to get your taps, showerheads, toilets and other bathroom and kitchen fixtures upgraded so you can reap the benefits.


Based in South Melbourne, Blue Diamond Plumbing was founded in 1985, working on new homes, repairs and commercial contracts.

Over time they have grown to become some of the best plumbers Melbourne has to offer.

Since 2001 the company has specialised in Emergency Plumbing and Property Maintenance, Repairs and Renovations for homes and businesses in Melbourne and inner city suburbs.

Owner Rod Diamond has over 30 years experience with emergency plumbing in Melbourne’s inner suburbs.


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