Although eco-friendly practices are certainly better for the environment (as evident by their name), the phrase “eco-friendly” has gotten a bit of a bad rep in recent years, with many people associating environmentally friendly practices with increased cost. But that couldn’t be further from the truth! It’s time to make running your home as eco-friendly and inexpensive as possible.
Tip #1: Be cautious of what you’re flushing.
There are only three things that should go down your toilet, the third being toilet paper. Even small things like cotton balls or paper products, like paper towels, can cause big headaches for homeowners. Flushing medication is another major no-no because it can damage your pipes and leak into your water supply.
Tip #2: Get an efficient water heater.
The older a water heater is, the less efficient it will be. Save yourself money each month by replacing your old water heater with a current model that’s more energy-efficient or programmable.
Tip 3: Go low-flow.
Traditional showerheads pump out 2.5 gallons of water per minute — most of which never touches your head and flows right back down the drain. Low-flow shower fixtures, on the other hand, use less than 2 gallons of water per minute. Now imagine if your entire house (showers, toilets, faucets, and all) switched to low-flow showerheads. Not only would you be conserving water, but your energy and water bill would go down considerably.
Tip 4: Install motion sensor faucets.
Even those of us with the best intentions can unknowingly waste water, especially in the bathroom. Motion sensor faucets will keep you from wasting water while brushing your teeth, lathering your hands with soap, or while washing your face.
Tip 5: Choose Hydro jetting.
Unlike liquid drain cleaners that can be toxic to your water supply and the ground beneath your home, hydro jetting uses only high-pressured water to blast clogs out of your drain. Mr. Rooter Plumbing uses HydroScrub® jetting technology to clear pipes of debris so thoroughly that you won’t have problems with clogs for quite a while.
Why Is “Eco-Friendly” Important?
Being more “eco-friendly” means living with the intention of conserving energy and preventing air, water, and noise pollution. Not only can resource conservation save you money, it promotes a healthier lifestyle and encourages sustainability. The more individuals make an effort with conservation the more impact it has on the health of the environment.
About the Author: Paul Nelson, Mr. Rooter Plumbing of Central PA
Paul has been a trusted Mr. Rooter owner of Mr. Rooter Plumbing of Central PA since 1983. With over 37 years to back him, Paul has experience with a wide range of plumbing related solutions and systems. He and his team specialize in septic tank services, water softener installation, and more.