Today there is a concerted effort to create more energy efficient ways to do almost everything. There are many things that can be done around the home to ensure that you are observing green plumbing practices. There are three basic areas that can be concentrated on to make the home greener, or more energy efficient:
- Plumbing that reduces energy use
- Greener options for a healthy home
- Green plumbing to create a better environment
Plumbing Practices which Reduce Energy Usage
There are many different ways to reduce the energy used in your home. Each home is different and has a unique plumbing structure. But there are four basic ways for every homeowner to conserve their use of energy.
- Insulate all Pipes to save on utility bills
- Place plumbing and fixtures inside structures instead of on outside walls
- Install an on-demand water pump
- Install a more efficient water heater
Greener Plumbing for Creating a Healthy Home
A water leak of any magnitude can wreak havoc on a home and in many cases even cause health issues such as respiratory problems. There are some steps which can be taken to ensure that your home’s plumbing is designed to prevent health issues. These are some tips on creating a healthier home by using greener plumbing options.
- Investigate the water supply and install water purification systems when needed
- Reduce chlorine levels by installing chlorine filters on your showerheads
- Extend the lives of water heaters and other plumbing fixtures by using a whole house water filtration system
- Install carbon filters or reverse osmosis systems on faucets and shower heads to remove pollutants
Green Plumbing to help the Environment
Maintaining our health is important, but it is also essential to help protect the environment through our conservation efforts. Here are a few tips on how to protect the environment through plumbing practices.
- Install low-flow features on toilets, showers and faucets
- Install energy efficient appliances like washers and dishwashers
- Install a faucet flow reduction device
- Use rain water for non-drinking uses
- Install a leak monitoring system
- Set up a simple collection device for re-useable water