Green Plumbing Practices for Your Home

If you are looking to make the plumbing system in your home a little more environmentally friendly, there are many things you can do that will help you save water. Most of them are not expensive and do not involve that much work. Here are a few ideas.

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Save more of this with green plumbing practices in your home.

  1. Install a water efficient toilet.

They are more affordable than ever before and use 60 percent less water.

  1. Install a water efficient shower head.

More than two gallons of water goes through a shower head each minute. Using a water efficient shower head can reduce that amount by about 30 percent, and you will hardly notice the difference.

You can also save water by cutting your time in the shower. The average family uses 25 percent of its water for showers and baths. If you can take a shower in two minutes or less, you will save 24 liters of water a day. And for those who are really conscientious about saving water, you can put a bucket under the faucet while the water is warming up and use it for other things, rather than letting the water run down the drain while it heats.

  1. Install water efficient faucets.

These fixtures maintain good water pressure while saving water.

  1. Install an energy efficient water heater.

Save money and energy use at the same time.

  1. Install a rainwater tank.

These kinds of tanks can potentially save you up to 26,000 liters of water a year.

  1. Only wash when you have full load.

Use your washing machine and dishwasher only when you have enough laundry or dishes for a full load. This will reduce the number of loads you wash each week. If you wash just one load laundry less than before, you will save 120 liters of water a week.

  1. Check for leaks.

Leaks can show up anywhere from faucets to toilets. They may look small, but when you consider that water is running constantly 24 hours a day, it adds up – as much as 30 liters a day.

  1. Turn off the faucet when you brush your teeth.

If you let the water run for just one minute while brushing, you have lost eight liters of water.

If you’d like your plumbing system inspected in time for the busy summer season (more time outdoors means more time getting dirty and taking showers; more time entertaining friends and family, so more dishwasher loads; more trips to the pool or beach so more beach towels and sandy clothes laundered), contact Plumbing Dynamics  to make sure your system is in great shape. Give us a call at 214-929-3431.