We normally hear about going green when it comes to purchasing a car or household items such as cleaning detergents but did you know that you can go green with your plumbing? Green plumbing is a concept most house owners and developers are turning to as a way to save water, reduce energy consumption not to mention protect your family from harmful pollutants. You will also be playing a part in reducing and eliminating waste by recycling items and reusing old objects. Green plumbing is very achievable and if you and your household have been looking for ways to play a part in reducing your carbon footprint, we will show you how.
Reduce water usage and shift to water saving appliances
Most of the water usage in many households comes from the bathroom meaning some renovation will need to be done there in order to install water saving appliances. For example if you still have the older toilet models, you will need to change that with a dual flush toilet as they lessen the water you use when flushing by 67% as you get to choose the amount of water needed to flush. As for showers, you could switch to a water saving shower head or a low-flow one. Don’t forget to change your water heater if it’s old as hot water heaters lose their steam with time so replacing it with a new one makes it more efficient.
Speaking of low flow, reducing your house’s water flow will make a huge difference. Shifting to energy efficient appliances such as energy efficient dishwashers, washing machines and water heaters will help reduce the amount of water used.
Don’t ignore your pipes
Your pipes move a lot of water over long periods of time which can cause them to break down. The water that moves through your pipes may contain chemicals that can react with the pipe material. Apart from that, the speed of the water movement and also temperature of the water can cause erosion of the pipe material as well. With that being said, the first thing you need to do is get your water tested by a professional. The next best thing you can do is install a water filtration system in your home to eliminate the presence of chemicals and microorganisms in your water. Lastly, go for insulated pipes to prevent heat from escaping as water travels from your hot water heater to your faucet.
Install a water filtration system in your home
Like we mentioned earlier, a water filtration system eliminates the presence of chemicals and microorganisms. Apart from the fact that you get healthy water, filtration systems also help extend the life of hot water heaters. These systems come in a variety for you to choose from depending on what you will suit you best and meet your needs. Another option could be installing activated carbon filters. If you are concerned about your water quality being low, consider installing carbon filters in your faucets and shower heads to absorb pollutants.
Fix or replace your pipes or old faucets
Green plumbing is all about using water efficiently and responsibly but leaking pipes and faucets end up doing the opposite of that. If you suspect that your home is having a leak, make sure to call your local professional plumber to have a look at your water bill and usage so as to identify what the main issue could be. Your plumber will advise you on the kind of material you should purchase for your pipes and taps. You are better off investing in sturdy high quality materials as they are less likely to break or wear down quickly hence you won’t have to replace them too often. Alternatively, they could purchase the material themselves especially from suppliers with green practices. They could even go further by giving you advice on water efficiency.
Repurpose your water
You could consider setting up a system that recycles your greywater. Greywater is that water which comes from baths, sinks, showers, washing machines and they can be repurposed to water the garden. This system can be set up to immediately redirect the greywater into the garden or you can use a treatment system that will treat the water so that you can store it up and use it for future purposes.
In conclusion, it’s important that you note green plumbing modifications will cost you money in the short term but the benefits will be long term both for you and the environment. You’ll spend less money while conserving water. That’s a win win if you ask us. To avoid spending lots of money at once, pick one idea and try it out. If you love the results, then you can go ahead and try out the rest.