Saving Green by Going Green: How Green Plumbing Can Help the Environment and Your Wallet

Posted By The Eco Plumbers

25 Feb. 2015

Going green is a great choice for helping the environment, and there are so many ways to do it. By changing the way you eat, shop, travel, and even live in your home, you can make a significant impact. If you’re looking to build a green home or retrofit an existing one, you should consider green plumbing. Not only is it environmentally friendly, but it makes for a healthier home. Here are a few changes that can be made to the plumbing infrastructure that will change the way you use water.

Conserving Water Usage

Installing low flow showers, faucets, and toilets will limit the amount of water these fixtures use. Low flow fixtures use up to 60% less water by decreasing water pressure. A regular toilet uses about 3.5 to 7 gallons of water per flush. A low flow toilet will use between two to five times less than that. This saves considerable water usage and money.

You can also consider installing a leak monitoring device, which will alert you of hidden leaks as soon as they happen. Energy Efficient dishwashers and washing machines greatly cut down on water and electricity usage, as well.

Conserving Energy Usage

You wouldn’t immediately think that your plumbing can affect other energy usage in your home, but it does:

  • Uninsulated pipes will cause hot water to lose heat while traveling to the shower or faucets. Insulate your pipes to get more out of your hot water heater and cut down on gas or electricity it uses.
  • On-Demand Hot Water Circulation Pumps deliver hot water to pipes within seconds. You don't have to run the faucets for several minutes while waiting for water to heat up.
  • Installing a new, energy efficient water heater will make a big difference in the total energy your home uses. Water heaters account for up to 15% of energy use.

Better Plumbing for Better Health

You can get a water quality report from your water supply company. This will show you any minerals or chemicals in the water supply you may want to eliminate. There is a variety of water filters out there, and they all focus on different issues. Know what you want before you commit.

  • Shower head filters screw on to either replace or add on to an existing shower head. These can help with hard water and keep your skin healthy and soft.
  • Activated carbon systems are installed on shower heads to absorb pollutants that come into contact with you while bathing. Reverse Osmosis Filters can be installed on faucets throughout the home to treat water used for drinking, cooking, washing your face, etc.
  • A whole house filtration system filters water where it comes into your house and provides your home with clean water. They eliminate contaminants and microorganisms in the water from the start. This is not only healthy for you, but it also delivers clean water to your water heater, reducing its energy usage.

If you’re thinking of making some eco-friendly changes, plumbing is a great start! With benefits for you, your wallet, and the environment, there's no reason to delay making a greener choice!

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