Do you want to make a positive impact on the environment? There are plenty of methods you can take to accomplish this. For instance, you can change some of your plumbing habits in order to become more energy and water efficient. The advice below will help you make your plumbing eco-friendly.
Repair Your Leaks and Drips
Plumbing leaks and drips waste water resources and generally inflate your water bill. In fact, a leaky toilet will waste up to 200 gallons of water per day. Test your toilet with food coloring by adding a few drops to the tank. If the color in the bowl changes, there is a leak that needs fixing promptly. Additionally, have a professional inspection done to detect any leaks in the walls or other areas.
Install a Water Filtration System
By installing a home water filtration system, you will improve the conditions of your plumbing system by preventing corrosion, which leads to numerous water leaks. In addition, a water filtration system removes contaminants and other harmful materials from your water.
Use Low-Flow Technology
Low-flow technology reduces the amount of water you use daily, such as in faucets and shower heads. In addition, low-flow toilets can reduce up to 60-80% of the water you use while flushing, without sacrificing the same hygienic effectiveness.
Upgrade Your Heating Systems
Newer versions of water heating systems are more energy efficient than in the past. For instance, by insulating your pipes, you can prevent higher energy use caused by heat loss from the pipes. Also, circulation pumps reduce the time that water uses to reach the faucet, which also reduces water and energy use.
Be Mindful of Your Water Use
In addition to the upgrades and improvements you’ll make to your plumbing equipment, you can also take small steps in your use of water to improve conservation. For example, closing the tap while you brush your teeth saves up to eight gallons every day. Also, a shower usually puts out 2.5 gallons per minute. Limiting your shower time can greatly reduce usage. Finally, wash your clothes with cold water on the correct cycles for your load.
About the Author: Vincent Sposari, Mr. Rooter Plumbing of Seattle
Vinnie has been a trusted plumber since 1989 and a Mr. Rooter owner since 1992. With over 31 years to back him, Vinnie has experience with a wide range of plumbing related solutions and systems. He and his team specialize in plumbing repairs, drain cleaning, emergency plumbing, and more.