Tips for Greener Plumbing

There are many ways for a household to be greener and more environmentally friendly. There are tons of things you can do without having to call a plumber. A great place to start is with the plumbing in your home because as we all know, water is one of our most precious natural resources. See the list below for some tips to make your plumbing greener.

Follow these tips and tricks to make your home more environmentally friendly!

  1. Install Low Flow Shower Heads: Low flow showerheads reduce the amount of water that comes out of the showerhead to save water overall - the less that comes out the less you will use.

  2. Install Low Flush toilets: Did you know that flushing the toilet uses the most water in your home? By doing a toilet installation with a low-flow unit you will use much less water per flush.

  3. Use Energy Efficient Appliances: By using energy efficient dishwashers and washing machines, you will be able to reduce water and electrical consumption in your home. These machines are specifically designed to use less water and electricity.

  4. Only Wash Full Loads of Dishes or Clothes: By washing just a few things you waste water. Wait until you have enough dishes for a full load of dishes before you run the machine.

  5. Use your Dishwasher if you have one: It is proven that washing dishes in the dishwasher uses less water than washing by hand.

  6. Install a Faucet Flow Reducer: it is a quick and easy setup that can reduce your water flow by up to 40%. Install one on all the faucets in your home.

  7. Fix any Drips you may have in your Faucets: Drips seem like a small thing but they can add up to an immense waste of water over time. By eliminating the drip you can save water and the environment.

  8. Tankless Water Heaters: Tankless water heaters heat up water on demand. You save energy and the faster the water heats up the less time you have to spend waiting for hot water, eliminating the need to let the water run heat up.

  9. Install Solar Panels to Heat your Water: Solar panels use energy from the sun to provide electricity to homes and in this case it would be used to heat water in the home. Although it's would be a project, you can build your own solar hot water heater.

  10. Install a Rain Sensor to Override Your Lawn Sprinkler: This handy device uses a sensor to determine if your lawn has enough water by sensing if it has rained. No need to waste water on an already naturally watered lawn!

  11. Lower the Temperature in your Hot Water Heater: 120 degrees is definitely warm enough. By setting your hot water heater any higher you waste energy on heating water that is too hot.

  12. Insulate your Water Pipes: When you insulate your pipes it keeps the water inside warmer as less heat can escape through pipe walls. Insulating your hot water pipes, like in this video, can save you a bunch of money!

Going green is great for the planet and our pockets. By installing energy efficient appliances, using solar energy, and small changes to our faucets, we can save the environment and save money. It is important to reduce water waste, try following these tips to do so easily and effectively.

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