Going Green with Your Plumbing System
Tuesday, December 8, 2015 - 4:54am
The concept of “going green” has gained popularity in recent years for many reasons. While adding eco-friendly features to your home is certainly a step toward a healthier, more sustainable global environment, going green can also help you save money and enjoy improved convenience in your everyday life. Taking steps to go green with your plumbing means enjoying a plumbing system that is more efficient, less energy-intensive, and longer-lasting so you can concentrate more on your daily life and less on worries about plumbing problems or insufficiencies.
The kitchen is one of the most frequently-used rooms in the home, and also an area where you use water every day. Some of the latest green plumbing solutions for the kitchen include low-flow and touchless faucets, hot water dispensers, and appliances such as dishwashers and garbage disposals. Replacing an aging kitchen faucet with a low-flow model can greatly reduce the amount of water you use on a daily basis; touchless features can help you save even more water by activating the faucet only when you need water. Hot water dispensers can also save water by delivering the hot water you want immediately, rather than requiring you to run your regular faucet until the water has reached the right temperature. Appliances such as dishwashers and garbage disposals not only improve everyday convenience, but are considered green for their overall energy, water, and waste-saving properties. Upgrading your current dishwasher to a new model can save five gallons of water or more for each cycle you run, while also delivering superior results and quieter, less obtrusive function.
The bathroom is another area where going green is simple and convenient. In fact, the majority of your home’s water usage occurs in the bathroom, making this space an ideal candidate for green plumbing options. Just as in the kitchen, replacing your faucets with touchless or low-flow products will reduce water waste without affecting the performance of your sinks. Dual-flush toilets allow you to choose how much water is needed for each flush, which can save your home tens of gallons of water a day, depending on the number of occupants. Low-flow showerheads allow you to take showers of a comfortable length without worrying about your water usage and these fixtures are available in a variety of styles, including popular rain and handheld showerhead options. New technology can even slow your showerhead’s flow to a trickle once the desired temperature is reached, allowing you to take your time getting ready for your shower and step in to turn the hot water on full-blast, minimizing water wasted during daily bathing.
Upgrading your water heater is a simple green plumbing solution that will improve the eco-friendliness of your entire home. Water heaters can account for up to a quarter of your home’s energy usage, meaning that installing an energy-saving appliance can translate directly into lower energy costs for your home over the short and long term. Whether you choose a storage tank or tankless model, new water heaters feature a variety of energy- and water-saving properties that allow you to enjoy the hot water you want more quickly and at lower cost, improving the overall performance of your plumbing and even the value of your home. Simply replacing your water heater with a new model of the same type can save you up to 30% on your home energy bills; switching to an even more efficient system could offer further savings and environmental benefits.