Take a glance at your monthly utility bill and you’ll no doubt see that the price of water can be quite costly. You may have heard the phrase “going green” and even applied it to your household already. You recycle and compost. You’ve installed solar panels. You have an electric car. But did you know that there’s another way you can go green? Your plumbing!
Green plumbing uses less water and energy. It also uses fewer chemicals, creating a fitter environment for you and your family to live in.
Besides a healthier home, after installing green plumbing you’ll notice a significant drop in price when it comes to your utility bills. Leaky faucets can waste up to 10,000 gallons of water yearly. That’s enough to fill an in-ground pool! Unless you plan on swimming in that wasted water, it’s probably best to think about installing green plumbing.
Your plumbing system is composed of fixtures that need water to function. In order to save on your water bill, you can get rid of your traditional tank water heater. Replacing it with a tankless unit can reduce your water bill up to 20%. These units work by heating only the water you want, when you want it, unlike traditional tanks that store water at all times just in case you need to take a shower.
Another great way to go green is with low-flow showerheads. This type of showerhead doesn’t reduce the pressure of the water, but instead controls the flow, leading to less water usage.
Some models of low-flow showerheads even allow you to shut them off while you soap up and turn them back on when it’s time to rinse without having to adjust the temperature, thus saving even more water in the process.
Dual-flush toilets are great for helping you save money on your water bill. A toilet of this type has two settings that make for two levels of flushing. There is a full flush and a lower flush option that you can use at your discretion.
It’s recommended that you use the help of a plumber when installing any of the aforementioned items. Even though there are an abundance of DIY tutorials online for helping your plumbing become green, you’ll be running the risk of installing the items improperly or even injuring yourself during the process.
Eliminating water waste by going green with your plumbing not only helps you save money, but will help you save the environment, too!