As we continue to deplete natural resources, the need for energy conservation and water conservation increases. Eco-friendly plumbing is just one way you can change your behavior to be more sustainable. Adding eco-friendly additions to your home will not limit your comfortability, but will help keep our natural world from falling apart. While there are many green additions you can add to your home, improving your plumbing can make your home more comfortable while keeping your home sustainable.
Tankless Water Heaters
Traditional water heaters with tanks use a substantial amount of energy to constantly provide you with hot water. Tankless heaters only heat the water when you need it, so it is not constantly running. Reducing energy consumption is the best way to be more sustainable, improve your access to hot water, and save money on energy bills.
Gently used water from your bathroom sinks, showers, or tubs is referred to as greywater. Most homes let this water go to waste, but filtering this water to be used again can help achieve more eco-friendly plumbing practices. Proper filtration can help you use this water for watering the lawn or washing the exterior of your home.
Harvesting rainwater is another conservation technique that can be used in your home. This also is a great way to reduce your reliance on the municipal water system and will prepare you in case of an emergency. Harvesting rainwater can be done in a few ways, rainwater collection barrels, ground water pumps, or other pump and gravity combination systems.
It is best to use the rainwater you collect for non-potable tasks. Watering plants, washing cars, or flushing toilets. All of these tasks can add up on your water bill each month, so using rainfall can help you save the environment and money.
Instal Low Flow Faucets And Shower Heads
Decreasing water usage is another way to hack eco-friendly plumbing. The world’s water supply is decreasing, so having multiple ways to conserve water in your home is a responsible idea. Low flow faucets and shower heads reduce the amount of water being let into your pipes to only give you what is really necessary. For example, a typical 10 minute shower with a traditional shower head uses 26 gallons of water, whereas a conserving shower head only uses 20 gallons.
Additional Energy Efficient Appliances
In addition to lower flow shower heads, larger appliances in your home can also be upgraded to be more eco-friendly. We briefly mentioned water heaters, but washers, dishwashers, and fridges can all be upgraded to use less water for a cycle. Not only does this help conserve water, but shorter wash cycles or less ice production will use less energy.
Repair Leaks Quickly
Hidden leaks are oftentimes one of the biggest water wasters for homeowners. An unknown or untreated leak can cost you thousands without you even realizing. Even just a small drip from a faucet can add up to gallons of water over time. If you want to improve your plumbing to be more sustainable, it is important to repair leaks quickly.
As part of your routine home maintenance, you should be listening and watching for leaks in your home. When you do notice a leak, work with a skilled plumber to get it repaired right away.
Upgrade Your Toilets
Typically, your toilets use about 3 liters of water every time you flush. That can add up over weeks, and months of use. Installing more water conscious toilets in your home will help you conserve water and lower your energy bills. The low flow toilets will use about half the water of a traditional toilet making your home more environmentally conscious.
Help From S&B Plumbing
No matter how you want to implement eco-friendly plumbing, our experts can help. We can recommend the best systems and brands for your home and install them quickly. Homes in Utah can benefit from eco-friendly appliances and rainwater collection. Our plumbing experts have worked on homes and businesses of all sizes, so we are prepared for anything.
Our team is proud to serve our community. Helping to improve the quality of the environment and giving homeowners all the available options is something that we love here at S&B Plumbing. Serving the Ogden, Davis, Weber, and Salt Lake counties is important to our livelihood. We appreciate all our loyal customers and any new clients who trust us to work on their homes. Contact us today to install more eco-friendly options!