Now You Can Do Your Family, Budget, and the Planet a Great Big Favor by Going – and Staying – Green.
Who doesn’t want to save money, especially when it’s really easy to do so?
Well, with a little bit of green plumbing knowledge and discipline, you can do just that. In the process, you’ll be conserving water and energy, too. Plus, you’ll be helping to cut back on your plumbing repair bills. Not a bad outcome for very little effort. Don’t you think?
From our family to yours, these are some of the top and most effective ways to “go green” at home.
Reduce Energy Consumption
Your plumbing systems chew up a lot of energy. So the idea is to teach them how to work smarter, not harder.
- Insulate your pipes. Un-insulated pipes are responsible for a significant amount of heat loss. By insulating those in exterior walls and other unheated spaces, you can reduce energy consumption and protect your pipes from winter freezing and cracking.
- Kitchen & bath remodels. If remodeling is in your future, ask the contractor to keep water pipes out of exterior walls, or relocate them if necessary.
- Waiting too long for hot water? If your hot water is slow to arrive at your faucets, have an on-demand recirculating pump installed in combination with your existing storage tank model. It will heat the water instantly and save both energy and water in the process.
- Time to replace your water heater? Consider a whole-house tankless water heater. These heat water only when they pass through the system’s heat exchanger. Conversely, your storage tank water heater is constantly at work heating the water inside so it’s hot when you need it.
Green Plumbing, Just for the Health of It
Lots of things can adversely affect the quality of your water. And yet there are plenty of remedies to solve each problem.
- Request a copy of your town’s most recent water report, especially if you’re new to the area. Of course, even if the town generally has good quality water, problems can still exist on your own property.
- Have your home water supply tested, especially since there are over 2,000 known water contaminants. Most pose no threat to your health, but some do, like arsenic, lead, radon, toxic metals, pesticides, and others. If higher than healthy levels of any of these substances are found, you can remove more than 99% of them with a whole-house water filtration system.
- Purchase a new shower-head with a built-in chlorine filter. Chlorine is brutal on your skin and hair. And with itchy skin and dry hair comes the need for additional, and often costly, beauty and hair products.
Green Plumbing and the Environment
Less water consumed now means more potable water for future generations. And that’s a goal and opportunity we all have in common.
- a dual-flush toilet. Older model toilets can consume as much as 7 gallons per flush…ouch! By replacing it with a dual-flush toilet, you can reduce that to 1 gallon per half flush and 1.3 gallons per full flush. All with no loss of water pressure. The water savings for the average family of four are extraordinary.
- Install a water heater water-and-gas-leak alarm. The average lifespan of a storage tank water heater is 10-12 years. The older it gets, the more prone it becomes to corrosion plus water and gas leaks. By installing a water and gas leak alarm, not only will you be notified instantly – even remotely – but it will shut off your water heater until the problem is solved. In the process, you’ll be saving water, preventing the consequences of a serious gas leak, and preventing structural damage that water build-up can easily cause.
- Faucet flow reducers are easy to install and reduce water consumption by 40% or more.
- Low-flow shower heads are another great way to conserve water.
- When purchasing a new water-consuming appliance, look for the Energy Star label and rating. The higher the rating, the more energy- and water-efficient the appliance.
At Norhio Plumbing, we take our green plumbing responsibilities very seriously. We practice at work, in our homes, and can help you do the same. For more information on how we can help you save money, energy, and water, contact us today.