Going green is a hot commodity in today’s world. Blooming discussions of global warming, droughts, and carbon footprints travel far and wide to invoke global change. As more and more people are jumping onboard, it’s important to consider the not-so-common ways of developing eco-friendly practices. Case in point: plumbing.
Water is one of the, if not the most, important substances giving life and functionality to our planet. It’s important to find more and more ways to benefit the environment. One place to start is within our own homes. Installing eco-friendly appliances and gadgets can have a huge impact on our earth’s water supply. Here’s how.
- Tankless Water Heaters- Standard water heaters tend to be constantly heating all of the water in their tanks so that it is ready to be delivered when called upon. Switching to a tankless water heater allows for not only more space, but less waste of energy. Tankless water heaters conserve energy by remaining idle until there is a need for hot water at which point it is generated and delivered.
- Solar Water Heating- Going solar is all the rage these days, and if you’re in a place that allows for solar appliances, looking into water heating options is a smart move. The rays from the sun beat down on your home and heat your water rather than electricity. This will save energy as well as money on your electric bill.
- Timed Irrigation- Irrigation makes up a large percentage of our water usage in America. By implementing timed irrigation systems, we can avoid prime time water evaporation hours and over-watering when it’s not necessary. In addition, smartphones have apps available to keep track of your irrigation system without being right in front of it.
- Appliances- There is a water-saving alternative to almost every standard plumbing appliance nowadays. Whether it’s a shower head, faucet, pipe, or toilet, the costs are usually around the same as the original option, but can cut water usage by 20%-60% and even save money on your water bill.