Have you considered how optimizing your plumbing system can contribute to a more sustainable future?
Thankfully, you don’t need a complete overhaul of your piping system. Instead, small changes can make a big difference. For example, something as simple as installing a low-flow showerhead can help you save water and energy.
If you want to create a more sustainable and energy-efficient home, here are several of our top tips to guide you toward eco-friendly plumbing.
Upgrade to an Eco-Friendly Toilet with Reduced Water Usage
If you want to save money on your monthly water bill while reducing your carbon footprint, consider using a low-flow toilet.
What’s more, they come with some financial incentives too. Some WaterSense-certified toilets have rebates available, meaning you pay less on the purchase price.
But most importantly, switching to a low-flow toilet reduces water wastage by up to 60%. So you’ll be saving the environment while making it easier on your wallet.
Use Less Energy
If a low-flow toilet isn’t suitable for your home, try one of the other energy-efficient toilet systems. Choose from:
- Power flush – this system uses pressurized air to wash away waste.
- Gravity flush – rather than using the velocity of water, you press a handle, and the natural power of gravity takes away your waste.
- Dual flush – don’t need a long flush? With a dual flush system, you can choose a shorter or more powerful flush.
- Waterless system – most commonly used in areas where water is scarce, these systems use composting material to break down waste.
Check with your local plumbing professionals if unsure which system best suits your home.
Toilet Water Saver
A water hippo is an easy way to reduce the amount of water you use when flushing. These devices sit in the cistern, meaning you don’t need to change your toilet system.
Pick the Right Pipes
Investing in quality piping systems, you’ll be kinder to the environment by reducing the risk of contaminants seeping into the soil.
Opt For Longevity
High-quality piping results in fewer leaks and repairs. Choosing modern piping systems, like PEX, helps you save energy and prevents costly repair bills. What’s more, PEX pipes don’t require any natural resources for production, meaning less erosion for the planet.
Insulate Pipes Effectively
Insulation is an important part of any home improvement project, but it’s especially so for your plumbing system. Placing insulation around your pipes and water heater makes it easier for them to stay warm when using hot water.
Make the Switch to Greener Plumbing Fixtures
Here are two simple plumbing upgrades that can help you save water and energy–and reduce your utility bills.
Change Your Showerhead
Showers use less water than bathing, but you can still save water by switching to a low-flow showerhead. Whereas standard showerheads use up to 2.5 gallons of water per minute, a low-flow only uses 1.8 gallons. It’s a simple change to make and one that conserves water and saves you money on your energy bill.
Faucets Can Be Eco-Friendly Too
It’s easy to forget to turn the water off when brushing your teeth or washing your hands. However, installing a low-flow or automatic faucet could save up to 30% of water usage. That’s a considerable amount when you consider leaving the faucet running can waste up to 3000 gallons of water annually.
Regular Drain Clearing is a Must
Keeping your plumbing systems in good working order is the best way to prevent damaging leaks or bursts.
Cleaning Drains the DIY Way
There are several eco-friendly ways to clear your drains without using harsh chemicals. One of the simplest is a mix of baking soda, white vinegar, and boiling water.
- Pour a jug of boiling water down the drain.
- Follow this with half a cup of baking soda and half a cup of white vinegar.
- Cover the drain and let the baking soda and vinegar bubble and fizz.
- Rinse away with more boiling water.
Repeat this process every 30-60 days to keep your drains clear of debris.
Professional Plumbing Inspections
For maximum prevention of clogged drains, book regular plumbing inspections. The team at ASI will keep your home plumbing systems in excellent working condition, preventing any expensive repair bills down the line.
Together we can make a difference and move towards a cleaner, healthier environment. At ASI, we’re dedicated to helping you make the right eco-friendly choices. Contact us today to get your journey started.