Monday, April 26th, 2021

Go Green: 5 ways to make your plumbing eco-friendly  

Even small changes can impact the planet in a big way. In fact, by simply checking for leaks in your home’s plumbing and choosing eco-friendly cleaning products, you can help keep your community green, while saving a little money on water bills.  

It’s easy to practice eco-friendly plumbing. You don’t need to buy expensive, special appliances or make big changes to your lifestyle. In fact, by just following one or two of the tips below, you can create an eco-friendlier home via your plumbing.  

Invest in environmentally friendly faucets and toilets
One of the easiest ways to make your home greener is to upgrade to energy-saving, eco-friendly toilets and faucets. Green toilets are very affordable, and they may just save you a little on your water bills. In fact, eco-friendly toilets use nearly 20 to 60 percent less water than traditional toilets. 

Aren’t ready for a new toilet? In that case, save water and help the environment by using a water saver kit. And don’t forget to routinely check around your toilet for leaks. If you detect one, contact a professional plumber. 

You could also swap out our bathroom or kitchen faucets with an eco-friendly one instead. Many newer models are designed to conserve water. One of the easiest ways to find a green faucet is to look for the WaterSense label, which ensures it meets the EPA’s criteria for saving water while also being good for the planet. 

Choose a water saving showerhead
Here’s something to consider: a traditional showerhead uses about two and a half gallons of water per minute. It’s easy, however, to save water when taking showers – just invest in an eco-friendly showerhead. In fact, most can reduce water flow by up to 30 percent. 

Just like you would when shopping for green faucets, look for the WaterSense label while shopping for your next showerhead. 

Buy eco-friendly cleaning solutions
Not all cleaning solutions are created equal. Some are much better for the environment than others.  Many contain substances that, once they enter the water system, can be toxic and cause health issues for you and your family. Instead, check labels on your bathroom and kitchen cleaning solutions and detergent and choose ones made with natural ingredients. 

Change your habits
It can be hard to break habits, but with a little time and patience, you can make different decisions that can create a greener, healthier lifestyle. When it comes to your plumbing, you can start by choosing green products. 

Additionally, choose kitchen appliances with the energy star label. You should also check regularly for water leaks to conserve water, monitor your water usage, and use zero waste personal care products. 

Contact a plumber
If you’re concerned you’ve got a water leak or are simply looking for eco-friendly plumbing solutions for your home, contact a plumber who can inspect your home’s plumbing, make any repairs and offer suggestions. 

In fact, Allied Reddi-Rooter has been helping Cincinnati area homeowners go greener for decades, and we can help you, too!