Will green plumbing clash with brown electrical wiring and ruin your indoor decor scheme? Nothing to worry about. In this case, “green” refers to environmental benefits and a healthier home. Going green will also reduce household expenses by conserving resources like energy and water and, in the long run, pay for itself. Start with simple changes as opportunity and convenience allows, or do full plumbing repairs if you’re renovating or remodeling your home.
Here are some areas where almost any house can be made more green:
- Install low-flow faucets and showerheads. Reduce water use up to 60 percent and reduce water heater energy consumption, too.
- Cut heat loss. Insulate hot water pipes inside exterior walls and/or the crawl space to reduce thermal loss. This makes your water heater run shorter cycles and saves energy. It also saves time waiting for hot water to emerge from the faucet or shower head.
- Put chlorine filters on shower heads. The fine spray emitted by a hot shower vaporizes chlorine content in water, making it easy to inhale. Also, chlorine is easily absorbed through the skin. Many people have health concerns about chlorine and are happy to reduce the amount of chlorine exposure they receive on a daily basis.
- Invest in on-demand hot water circulation. These systems continuously circulate hot water to the point of demand at the fixture, replacing water that has become cold in the pipe. The result: hot water instantly as soon as you turn on the faucet. No wasted cold water while you wait for hot water to arrive.
- Get a new water heater. Heating water represents at least 15% of total household energy costs. If your present unit is over five years old, it has exceeded more than half of its expected service life. New, more energy-efficient and effective water heaters are available these days. Start saving money by upgrading right now instead of waiting for the old unit to fail.
- Install high-efficiency toilets (HET). If your toilet model shows up in re-runs of 1980s sitcoms, it could be using up to seven gallons per flush. That’s an extreme and unnecessary waste of water resources — not to mention, a big factor in higher monthly bills. New HET models consume only 1.28 gallons per flush.
Green plumbing provides benefits from day one. Stop waiting to save money and conserve resources. Talk to a qualified plumber about upgrading to green plumbing.
If you found this blog helpful, you may want to check out “3 Best Energy Efficient Upgrades to Your Home.”
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