Sunday, December 16th, 2018

Eco-friendly plumbing – Go green in 2019

The new year is the ideal time to make positive changes, and while most of us will focus our New Year’s resolutions on personal improvement or checking off something fun on the bucket list – like a trip of a lifetime, it’s a great time to consider making changes to your plumbing.

One of the best improvements you can make to your home’s plumbing is to make it more eco-friendly, which not only helps the health and quality of your life and your family’s too, but it also helps the planet and can save you money.

You don’t need to completely redo your home’s plumbing to make it green. In fact, there are ways you may be already helping the planet in your home with your own water and energy saving solutions.

Take a look at our four easy ways to make your home’s plumbing a little better for the environment and your pocketbook, too.

Reduce your energy 

Make sure to insulate any pipes, because unprotected ones can mean heat loss as water flows from the hot water heater to faucets. Also, invest in an on-demand hot water pump that can generate hot water in seconds and only when you need it, rather than letting hot water sit in the tank unused, which costs money. You could also invest in a new hot water heater if more than 15% of your home’s energy is being spent heating water.

Keep your water clean 

First, test your home’s water with a kit you can buy at your local home improvement store or through a professional tester. Also, make sure you’ve got a chlorine filter on your showerheads, as chlorine can cause dry skin, rashness and itchiness. This will save you a little money on moisturizers, even.

You could also install a charcoal filter or reverse osmosis filter, which can really help if you live in an area with poor water quality. Additionally, you could invest in a filtration system for your entire home, which not only keeps your water free of scary things like chemicals and micro-organisms, but it will keep your pipes from corroding too.

Save water, save energy 

When going green, think less is more. You want to use less water overall, which saves energy.

This is pretty easy to do. First, start in the kitchen,  you should turn off the faucet in the kitchen sink when you’re cooking and preparing meals as much as you can. Always put food scraps in the wastebasket, not in the sink.

The same goes for the bathroom. Turn off your faucet when you’re brushing your teeth, and never use the toilet as a waste basket. Also, conserve water by taking showers instead of baths. And, in the laundry room, wait to do laundry until you’ve got a full load.

Green solutions in the bathroom (and elsewhere) 

This year, consider installing a low-flush toilet that greatly reduces your water use. In fact, it can save you about 30 gallons of water per day. You can also easily install faucet flow reducers.

In the bathroom – and your entire home – invest in a device that you can buy at your home improvement store that will alert you when there are leaks present in your faucets and pipes, and upgrade to energy efficient toilets and appliances.

A wise frog once said, “It’s not easy being green.” But it’s easy to go green when it comes to your home’s plumbing. Follow these tips and you’ll save money and better the planet and your health in no time.