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5 Tips From Your Plumber: How to Be More Green in Your Home

May 9, 2019

All of us should be looking into how we can be more green and efficient in our homes, not only because it’s good for the environment, but also because it saves money! You do not have to drastically change your lifestyle to be more green; here are some easy fixes from your plumber that you can employ that make a big difference with only a little effort.

Shorten Your Shower

 

On average, most Americans take a shower that is eight minutes long. That doesn’t seem like a very long shower, but in that time, you use at least twenty gallons of water. Just imagine how much more water you use with every additional minute you add to that shower. Your plumber would suggest that you should consider shortening your shower to about five minutes to reduce your water consumption. If that is too difficult, at least try to decrease your showering time in increments.

 

Fix Leaks Immediately

 

Undetected or unaddressed leaks waste a huge amount of water over time, so it is imperative that you find and fix any leaks in your home. Listen to your toilet for dripping or hissing, or check to see if there is any water at the base of your toilet. Internal toilet leaks can be harder to detect, but they can waste up to 100 gallons of water per day. If you find one or even suspect one exists, be sure to call your plumber to take a closer look.

 

Install Energy-Saving Pipes

 

Any plumber would tell you the foundation of a green plumbing system is the pipes themselves. Pipes that are the correct size and material unsurprisingly function more efficiently than pipes that are ill-fitting or made of the wrong material. Stell or PEX (flexible polyethylene) are durable and maintain heat well, so they will last a long time, improve water pressure, minimize leaks, and reduce heat loss in the water supply.

 

Buy Efficient Fixtures

 

If you have room in your budget, your plumber would suggest purchasing water-efficient toilets, faucets, and showerheads to reduce water usage. These types of fixtures can cut your overall water usage by up to 60%! Some even let you choose the amount of water flow based on the situation. If you are worried about poor water pressure in a water-efficient faucet, you should know that newer models actually have comparable water pressure to traditional faucets.

 

Outdoor Water System

 

Water used for landscaping and lawns accounts for a whopping 30% of all water used in the United States. You can help decrease that statistic by using an eco-friendly watering system that still maintains the health and appearance of your landscaping while using significantly less water. Additionally, instead of using the water from your pipes, you could start collecting rainwater to use for your lawn.

 

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