7 Tips For Making Your Plumbing Eco-Friendlier

Posted on: 4 July 2016

If you are looking to make changes to your home to make it eco-friendlier, look no further than your plumbing. Your plumbing not only relies on water, but there are also electrical and gas costs that go with using it. To help you cut down on your energy costs and become a bit more green, here are some changes you can implement in your home's plumbing system. 

  1. Update your water heater. As time passes, your water heater becomes less efficient due to wear and tear. By contrast, a new water heater will offer more efficiency. For additional savings, consider buying a tankless heater. The water is heated as needed, which cuts out the need for a tank that is constantly heated using energy.
  2. Install aerators on the faucets. An aerator attaches to the end of a faucet. It works by mixing the water streaming through it with air. The mixture decreases the amount of water that flows through the faucet, but still leaves the impression that the water pressure is the same. 
  3. Insulate your pipes. Exterior pipes that are exposed to cold temperatures can expand and burst when the water in them freezes. By insulating the pipes, you can reduce the likelihood that the pipes will freeze and keep the water free flowing. 
  4. Change to low-flow fixtures. Fixtures, such as your toilet and shower, account for a major part of your water usage. By swapping the fixtures out for low-flow fixtures, you can lower your water usage while still ensuring that you have the water needed. 
  5. Install a rainwater system. A rainwater system works by collecting rainwater during a storm so that it can be used again for tasks that do not require clean water, such as watering the lawn. 
  6. Turn down the water heater. The simple act of turning down the temperature on your water heater's thermostat could potentially save you up to $30 each year for every 10 degrees you drop it. Instead of setting the thermostat at 140 degrees, lower it to 120 degrees.
  7. Insulate the water heater. Even if you have updated your water heater to a newer model, insulation can provide you with additional savings. An insulation blanket wraps around your heater and helps to keep the water within the tank hot so that the heater has to work less to maintain the desired temperature. 

Your plumber can help you identify other ways you can make your plumbing greener. 

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