There are plenty of ways you can make your house “green,” but perhaps the most efficient way of all is to make your plumbing green. By doing so, not only will your home become more environmentally friendly, it will also save you quite a bit of money on energy bills.
However, let’s be realistic: it can often be a steep investment. It’s something you’re going to need to plan for, a long-term project that will definitely set you back a few bucks. But the interesting thing is that you wouldn’t be paying that much more if you were to upgrade your plumbing with more typical methods and materials. Not only that, but whatever extra money you’d be spending on green plumbing would come back to you in the form of reduced energy bills, and that will remain constant for as long as you live in your house.
If you need some ideas as to how you can get started with this transition, look no further. Here’s a list of some great ways to greenify your plumbing.
Install eco-friendly fixtures
This one is relatively inexpensive and it’s a great way to get started with greenifying your plumbing. You’ve probably seen motion-sensor faucets installed in stores and offices; there’s a reason why these are used so frequently, and it’s not just about convenience.
Motion-sensor faucets prevent people from wasting water mindlessly. Any time you’re not using them, they shut off. It might seem like you wouldn’t be saving much by investing in this, but imagine replacing every faucet in your house – including the one in the kitchen – with motion-sensor alternatives, and you can imagine how you’d start to see reduced energy bills.
But this won’t be enough, will it? You can also install low flow showerheads and aerators, which help limit how much water flows out of fixtures. There are also more modern toilets that have smaller tanks and waste far less water than conventional toilets, and some of them even come with a button for a full flush and another for a half flush.
When you begin incorporating all these things into your plan to make your plumbing greener, eventually you begin to notice significant savings on your energy bills.
Get a new water heater
If your home has an old heater in it, it’s likely spending a lot of energy heating up your water. Did you know that hot water heaters alone can spend 15% or more of your total energy use? Replacing yours with a more efficient modern one can help you save energy and money every time you use it, and that adds up.
Simply repair and improve what you already have
You don’t even need to invest in eco-friendly substitutes for your fixtures in order to begin saving energy. You can start by fixing and reinforcing what’s already there. By getting your pipes insulated, installing a water filtration system, or getting a leak monitoring device, you can begin to conserve water, energy and money. Every step you take in a more environmentally friendly direction will get you closer to seeing big savings from future bills.
Installing green plumbing creates huge benefits for you and your family, the environment, and whoever lives in your house after you move away. The more homes that begin to undergo this transition, the more we can mend the damage we’ve done to our world.