Houston Home Service Experts

Save Money, Water, and Energy with Low-Flow Fixtures

You can save approximately 2 gallons of water per minute and 40% on total water consumption by installing low-flow plumbing fixtures in your Houston home. The savings will pay for the upfront costs within a year.

Did you know that the average American uses around 50 gallons of water a day and that the average family uses more than 300 gallons of water per day(source: EPA)? By utilizing low-flow fixtures, you’ll save anywhere from 25%-60% water savings!


  • We recommend selecting a shower head with a flow rate of less than 2.5gpm (Gallons Per Minute). When choosing a low-flow showerhead fixtures, it’s important to note that there are two types: aerating and laminar-flow.
  • Aerating showerheads mix air with water, which forms a misty spray.
  • Laminar showerheads form individual streams of water.

Since Houston is pretty humid, you may want to install laminar showerheads as they don’t create as much steam and moisture as an aerating one does.

Many showerheads that pre-date 1992 had flow rates of 5.5gpm! So if you know your shower-heads are older than that, you might want to consider replacing them. If you aren’t sure of their flow rate, here’s a quick, simple test you can perform.

  1. Place a bucket (marked in gallons) under your showerhead.
  2. Turn on the shower at normal water pressure.
  3. Time how long it takes to fill the bucket to the 1-gallon (3.8 liter) mark.

If it takes less than 20 seconds to reach the 1-gallon mark, there’s no doubt you could benefit from a low-flow fixture.

If you and your family find that your hot water heater is not producing enough hot water for the whole family, consider purchasing low-flow showerheads instead of purchasing a new, expensive hot water heater. Less water use per shower means more hot water for the whole family!


The aerator, also known as the screw-on tip of the faucet, determines the maximum flow rate of a faucet. They are inexpensive to replace and can be extremely cost-effective.

  • For maximum efficiency, purchase aerators that have flow rates of no more than 1.0gpm. You can save as many as 700 gallons per year. That’s around 45 showers!


Toilet uses around 15 percent of your total water use, both inside and outside your home (source: Alliance for Water Efficiency).

According to the Ultimate Guide to Low-Flow Toilets:

“Since 1992, U.S. law has mandated that new toilets sold in the United States be low-flow or low-flush, which means that they consume no more than 1.6 gallons (6 liters) per flush. Before that time, typical toilets sold in the United States used 3.5 to 7 gallons (13.24 to 26.5 liters) per flush.”

Savings: 10,823 gallons a year (based on a family of four previously using standard 3.5 gallon flush)

Replacing older, less efficient plumbing fixtures is a greta way to save water and money. If you have toilets, sinks, and faucets that are from the early 90s or older, low-flow fixtures is a relatively inexpensive way to reduce your water use and save money over the course of decades.

New technology has made it possible for less water to be used with a similar amount of pressure. Although you may not notice a decrease in pressure, you will feel better knowing that there is actually less water being used.

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To conclude, watch this video for water-saving tips that you can employ at home. By combining these tips along with low-flow plumbing fixtures, you will see a dramatic reduction in your water use and costs!