According to the U.S. Geological Survey, each American uses about 80 to 100 gallons of water daily, and our home plumbing is a big factor. Each time we flush the toilet, take a shower, or use a sink or washer, we use water. By going green, we can help protect our indoor plumbing and save money while also working to protect the environment.
We can start with these simple plumbing tips:
- Insulate your pipes: Incorrectly insulated pipes are more likely to leak and break, leading to lost water and damage to your plumbing system and home. In addition, insulating your pipes helps preserve heat, allowing your water heater to be more efficient. Insulation is a DIY project you can complete yourself in many cases.
- Install low-flow showers and faucets: Low-flow faucets, showers and fixtures save you money and water each time you use them. In many cases, this is a simple installation you can complete yourself. You can even install just faucet flow reducers at the end of each faucet. These simply screw on and can be installed in seconds, but can reduce water flow by 40%. Be sure to install low-flow flush toilets, too. Toilets account for most water usage in the average home, and low-flow toilets use two to five times less water for every flush when compared with traditional fixtures.
- Take care of plumbing maintenance: Outdated plumbing systems and fixtures may no longer work efficiently and may use up more water than needed. Upgrading can help you avoid some emergencies while reducing your water use. It is also smart to upgrade water-using appliances, like clothes washers, to energy-efficient models which help you conserve energy and water.
- Install a new water heater and on-demand hot water circulation pump: A new water heater is more likely to be water- and energy-efficient, especially if your current model is older. Tankless systems are more efficient and last longer, saving you money. On-demand hot water circulation pumps get hot water to your sink and fixtures as soon as you need it, so you do not have to run your water for a while. With these pumps, hot water will not sit and cool in your pipes, either.
- Fix leaks: Even a small leak can lose gallons of water each day, which can add up. In some cases, they can cause water damage or damage to your plumbing system. Always get leaks fixed fast.
- Be mindful: Take showers instead of baths and wash loads of laundry only when you can run a full load. Turn off sinks when brushing your teeth or otherwise not directly using the water. Keep ice water in your fridge rather than letting the water run until it turns cold. Being more careful about how you use water can help you cut down on your water waste.
If you need a plumber to help you evaluate your home system or assist you in going green, contact Mr. Rooter Plumbing of Greater Syracuse for a job estimate or call us at 315-472-1203.