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Reduce your Home’s Water Consumption with Low-Flow Faucet Aerators

Published: May 8, 2013
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Water ConsumptionWater consumption is a growing concern in homes across the country. By reducing the amount of water you use at home, you can help protect the environment and lower your utility bills. Although there are major upgrades you can make to your plumbing system to reduce your home’s water consumption, there are also many small and inexpensive changes you can make, such as installing low-flow faucet aerators.

What is a low-flow faucet aerator?

A low-flow faucet aerator is a small part that’s added to the end of your faucet that breaks a single stream of water into many separate streams. By separating one stream of water into multiple streams, aerators reduce the amount of water that flows out of a faucet while still maintaining an adequate flow.

What are the benefits of installing a low-flow faucet aerator?

  • Inexpensive. Of all the ways you can reduce your home’s water consumption, installing low-flow faucet aerators is among the least expensive. In fact, installing low-flow aerators typically pays for itself quickly in future water savings.
  • Easy to install. Installing low-flow faucet aerators is a simple do-it-yourself project. All you have to do is unscrew your faucet spout and replace the existing washer and screen with the new low flow aerator and washer. The whole process can be done in about 30 seconds.
  • Significantly reduce your home’s water consumption. Of course, the whole purpose of installing low flow faucet aerators is to reduce your home’s water consumption. Although faucets are considered “low-flow” by the EPA if they have a flow rate of 2.2 gallons per minute (gpm), adding low-flow aerators can reduce a faucet’s flow rate even further to as low as 1 gpm. Imagine the many gallons of water you can save by making this simple upgrade!

If you have any questions about a low-flow faucet aerator, or if you’d like a plumbing system serviced or installed in your home, contact Tiger, your St. Louis Metro East plumbing, heating and air conditioning company.
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