With recent events pertaining to climate change, more and more homeowners today are switching to what is called "green plumbing". Green plumbing does not only help the environment, but it also benefits you by eliminating health risks and dangers that are related to water quality and plumbing issues. Although switching to green plumbing asks for a high initial cost of investment, it would save you money on future monthly water and energy bills.
If you are looking into going green, here are 7 tips you can do to convert your bathroom plumbing and kitchen plumbing into a green plumbing zone:
Situating your bathroom and kitchen plumbing pipes in the interior walls of your house helps in keeping them thawed out during winter. Extreme weather can freeze your pipes or affect the temperature of the heated water that flows through it. This could be counterproductive in providing hot water around your house, and may increase the energy that the heater needs to put out.
If your pipes are already installed in your exterior walls, you can have them insulated by enclosing them with foam-rubber pipe insulation. This helps eliminate heat loss from the hot water that travels from the water heater to the hot water output such as showers or faucets. By cutting heat energy loss, you also get to save more on monthly energy bills besides saving on energy output.
Upgrade your water heater to one with higher energy efficiency ratings. Water heater manufacturer companies are constantly innovating their water heaters to provide utmost efficiency. Getting a tankless, on-demand hot water heater may be more beneficial for your home especially if the demand for hot water in your home is low.
Getting a tankless water heater asks for a hefty amount of investment especially if the installation requires extra work done in the house. If a tankless water heater is out of your budget, you can buy an on-demand hot water circulation pump instead. A circulation pump can be installed to your current water heater. It recirculates the surplus of hot water back to the water heater and provides this already heated water to nearby water outputs. This way, no water is wasted, and energy is conserved as you wouldn't need to turn on the water heater until the stored hot water has been drained.
Water filtration system supplies your home with clean water straight from the faucet. It refrains you from buying bottled water, which reduces plastic waste output and is great for the environment. Besides this, a filtration system can also keep your water heater and plumbing fixtures last longer by removing the sediments that can cause damage to them.
If you are moving into a new house or remodeling your old home, you can opt to buy bathroom fixtures that are designed to have less water outputs without withholding functionality. There are innovative kitchen and bathroom fixtures such as low flow showers and faucets, low flush toilets, and faucet flow reducers. These fixtures are designed to conserve water and energy, which could also help reduce costs in your water and energy bills. You can also install a leak monitoring device to the pipes and fixtures that are most commonly used to avoid wastage of water when there is pipe or fixture leakage.
Proper maintenance for your kitchen plumbing, bathroom plumbing—most especially your bathroom sink plumbing, can help avoid accumulation of damage that can obligate you to pay a substantial amount for repair and replacement costs. There are times when there would be no visible signs of damaged pipes and fixtures, but tremendous amounts of water and energy are wasted. This can become inefficacious if you want to go green with your plumbing.
It is not always an easy decision to choose to switch to green plumbing. But choosing to do so would greatly benefit you and the planet we live in in the long run. Going green does not need to be a one-go-all-out thing. You can start with baby steps--just refer to the 8 tips mentioned above and pick one to start with. If you are willing to invest in green plumbing, that's great! You can ask your local plumbing service company what needs to be done to your home to successfully switch to green plumbing, as well as an estimate of the total cost you need to shell out to make your home a green plumbing zone.