Green Plumbing

Maybe you want to help the environment or maybe you want to save yourself on energy costs. Whatever the reason is there is much opportunity to achieve these goals through optimizing your plumbing system. Whether you follow one or many of the following tips you will surely benefit from the effects. In the following paragraphs I will explain to you how to achieve positive, proactive results through plumbing system upgrades.

Install a new hot water heater: Hot water heaters created say, 10 years ago, are less efficient than water heaters of today. The insulation requirements were less, the way it burned gas was less efficient. Right off the top the water heaters are less efficient. Not to mention that over time your hot water heater will become less efficient any way. Especially if you do not flush them regularly. Calcium builds up at the bottom of the tank and creates a layer between the burner at the bottom of the tank and the water inside the tank. This means that it will take longer to heat up the water inside the tank, meaning a higher gas bill!

Install Energy-Efficient Appliances: Energy efficient or HE appliances can reduce water consumption for that appliance by as much as 50%!

Fix Running Toilets: If you hear your toilet filling up throughout the day without use you may have a leaky toilet flapper or failed toilet fill valve. On the extreme end a leaking toilet can cost you $200 a month in wasted water, Amounting out to $2400 a year! This is a simple fix for any homeowner. Do a web search for “how to replace toilet tank flapper” or “how to replace toilet fill valve”. There are some toilets that are a little different than others so you may have to type in the brand name of the toilet along with your search.

Install Low Flush Toilets: Speaking of toilets, if you haven’t already, install low flush toilets. These toilets use significantly less water than the older outdated toilets. Dual-flush toilets offer the water saving capabilities of a low-flush toilet, with the power of a higher flush-capacity toilet when it’s needed.

Install Low-Flow Shower Heads: Low flow shower heads reduce water flow. This doesn’t mean a bad shower either. Read the reviews before you buy one and you will find that there are many that kick out a fair amount of pressure. This means a good shower, using less hot water, and lower energy bills.

Insulate Your Pipes: This may be a little difficult to achieve after the home is built. Unfortunately. However if you have the opportunity make sure to insulate any hot water pipes to prevent energy loss.

As you can see there are many attainable ways to saving energy and money when it comes to your plumbing system.

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