Many homeowners hear all of the buzz about “going green” and wonder about the benefits of going green. And others have gone green in many areas of their lives but forget about one way to contribute to saving the planet that they may not have considered. For those looking for ways to live green and those already in the movement, eco-friendly plumbing is a fantastic way to reduce your environmental impact and save money on energy costs.
Plumbing has always played a part in waste and extra power usage, but the industry has made strides in implementing green options. Howell Plumbing shares ways to go green by choosing eco-friendly plumbing options.
What is Green Plumbing?
Green plumbing involves reducing consumption and increasing energy efficiency. Eco-friendly, sustainable plumbing products minimize your impact on the environment. It’s not just about the products you use but also the practices you follow. Not only can you do your part in helping the environment, but you also benefit by way of lower utility costs.
Green Equipment for Plumbing
Modern plumbing equipment and fixtures are available to help you conserve water and energy and protect the environment. These options are affordable, but they may also provide relief from rising energy costs.
Plumbing fixtures are an easy change to make on the road to achieving a green home. Opt for low-flow showerheads and faucets to reduce the amount of water that flows from the tap. Water-Sense faucets and showerheads found at the Home Depot offer high performance and water efficiency.
When brushing your teeth, washing your hands, and washing dishes, homeowners commonly leave the water running even when you’re not using the water. A touchless faucet operates by a motion sensor, turning on only when your hand crosses the sensor.
These toilets use less water than traditional models. Some options offer a dual flush, allowing you to choose the water flow before each flush.
Energy-Efficient Water Heaters
Old water heaters repeatedly reheat gallons of water throughout the day, even when no one is home. Choose a tankless water heater to heat water only when it’s needed.
Insulated Energy Saving Water Pipes
Older homes often have outdated plumbing systems, with the pipes to match. With insulated piping adequately sized for your home, you can enjoy energy savings. There is also the benefit of improved water pressure and reduced leaks and waste.
Upgrade Your Laundry Room & Kitchen
Choose eco-friendly appliances when it’s time to upgrade your washing machine, dryer, or dishwasher. Energy Star certified washers and dryers reduce energy use. Sensors in the washing machines determine the amount of water needed for each load. Dryers have sensors that detect when clothes are dry and terminate the drying cycle on their own.
Green Practices for Plumbing
Going green isn’t always about what you’re using in your home, it’s often about how you maintain your plumbing system.
Identify and Take Care of Water Leaks
Small leaks that may be hard to identify can waste a large amount of water in your home. You should also handle those small and obvious leaks immediately, no matter how small. If you notice a dripping faucet or toilet constantly running, a repair is in order.
You may have a hidden leak if your water usage has suddenly spiked or your water meter runs even when all faucets are off. Have a licensed plumber inspect your entire system for leaks.
Insulate Your Pipes
Speed up the time it takes for hot water to get to your faucets by improving the insulation on your pipes. The water doesn’t lose as much heat as it travels. Any exterior pipes should be easy for you to insulate but call in the professionals for concealed pipework.
Use Green Water Treatment Products
You can positively impact the environment by choosing natural products to use in your home. Remember that whatever goes into your plumbing system can end up in the groundwater. Don’t dispose of grease in drains. If you need to handle a clog, use only eco-friendly plumbing products.
Enroll in a Plumbing Maintenance Program
The Howell Services Plumbing Maintenance Program helps you to proactively maintain your plumbing system. Regular maintenance and annual inspections are the best ways to avoid critical plumbing problems and catch energy-wasting leaks. The program also offers priority service and discounts on repairs to members.
Go Green with Howell Services
With these eco-friendly ideas, you’re armed with the knowledge to make your home greener. Before you employ these eco-friendly plumbing ideas, research your options and seek advice from your professional plumber. When choosing products, inquire about the possible tax breaks for upgrading to sustainable and energy-efficient products.
Remember that you can start making co-friendly changes without breaking the bank by recording and monitoring your water usage each month and checking for water leaks. Howell Services is here to help you reach your goals. Our expert licensed and insured plumbing professionals can address your concerns. Check out our coupons and schedule your appointment today!