Installing high-efficiency plumbing fixtures is a smart idea in more ways than one.
Q: We are building a new home this year and want the plumbing to be state of the art. But we also want to save water. Do you have any ideas on new plumbing fixtures that can help us conserve water, while having a little fun?
A: Installing high-efficiency plumbing fixtures is a smart idea in more ways than one.
First, many of today’s quality plumbing fixtures have been redesigned to increase water-flow performance while cutting down on water use.
Also, the addition of electronic controls has created a new line of smart water-saving plumbing fixtures.
Before we get into some of the available fixtures to choose from, keep in mind that these new electronic fixtures usually require battery or electrical-outlet power. So, discuss your choices with your electrician before you start the job.
Three of my favorite types of water-saving fixtures are:
- Smart toilets that use highly efficient electronic-flushing systems;
- Touchless kitchen faucets;
- Showerheads that can also play your favorite music. It features a wireless removable speaker that pairs up with your mobile music device. Additional speakers can be purchased, allowing everyone in the family to tune in to this fun water-saving showerhead.
Master contractor/plumber Ed Del Grande is known internationally as the author of the book “Ed Del Grande’s House Call,” the host of TV and Internet shows, and a LEED green associate. For more information, visit eddelgrande.com.