There’s no doubt that plumbing plays a huge role in eco-friendly living. Conserving water, especially here in California, is just part of our day-to-day life.
But making environmentally friendly choices with your home’s plumbing isn’t only the responsible thing to do, but it also will save you some money. Our friendly San Luis Obispo plumbers have come up with a list of eco-friendly plumbing tips to help get your home up to date environmentally and also working as efficiently as possible.
Low-Flow, High Efficiency
Low-flow fixtures throughout your home are a big piece of the pie when it comes to making the transition to eco-friendly living.
Low-flow toilets, as the name implies, use less water each time you flush. A dual-flush model is a great option, designed to let you choose between two options for water consumption during flushing. The first option is for liquid waste that uses less water, and the second is for solid waste, which will require a bit more water.
Just like low-flow toilets, this option is available with showerheads too.
About 20-25 percent of household water usage comes from showering, and low-flow showerheads can help decrease your water consumption up to 40 percent of your usual water consumption.
Don’t forget about your faucets, either, where a significant amount of water is used. High-efficiency faucets an aerator that combines water and air to reduce water usage while keeping the pressure the same so you don’t notice much of a change while washing your hands or doing the dishes.
Do Your Part
Behavior plays a big role in conservation, and there are a number of small changes everyone can make to be more eco-friendly.
We can all get carried away in the shower from time to time, but shortening shower time can save a ton of water. Try turning off the water while applying shampoo or lathering up – or just cut the concert to a song or two.
Being conscious of your grooming habits can also save water. Don’t leave the tap on while you’re brushing your teeth, lathering up your hands, or shaving. Bottom line, don’t leave that tap running unless you’re using it.
And lastly, check hour home’s faucets, pipes, and toilets for leaks. One simple leak can waste up to 20 gallons per day, or more.
Upgrade Your Water Heater
If your water heater has been around since you had dial-up internet and a tube TV, it’s high time for an upgrade. Old-school water heaters, which work to keep hot water in the tank 24/7, not only don’t work as well, but they’ll also lead to higher costs on your energy bill in the long run.
A tankless water heater is a smart investment for your home and the environment by reducing the amount of electricity used as it heats water on demand.