Going green is increasingly popular and it’s easy to see why. Not only do eco-friendly actions help the environment, but they can often help us save money. When it comes to water conservation for the plumbing in your home, there are a variety of things you can do to make a positive impact on the environment and your pocketbook.
Hot Water Heaters and Other Systems
Hot water delivery systems have improved greatly in efficiency over the last few years. One device that can be a big help when it comes to saving water is a hot water recirculation system. These systems help to deliver hot water to your taps sooner, even the ones farther away from the source. This means less time letting the water run down the drain while you are waiting for the right temperature.
You might also consider having a plumber install a tankless water heater. Rather than keeping an entire tank warm all the time you, you can install a system that provides hot water on demand, which reduces energy, but also helps with water conservation by reducing the wait time.
Dishwashers & Hand Washing
If you have an older model dishwasher, you may consider upgrading your appliance. Newer models are designed for energy efficiency and recycle water at a greater rate, helping to keep your consumption down.
Whether you have a newer or older model, there are often settings that can help cut down on energy and water waste. If possible, use a shorter wash cycle and eliminate unnecessary, cycle like pre-rinsing.
When washing by hand, try filling up a sink with warm water to wash the dishes, rather than leaving the water running. This can also help keep water consumption down.
Showers are a big waster of water for a lot of us. While taking a nice, long warm shower is undeniably enjoyable, when you have water conservation in mind it can account for a lot of consumption that can be reduced.
You can install timers to help you and your family reduce the time spent in the shower, however you can also cut back on consumption with you cutting back on your shower time. Try installing a showerhead with a water reducer. Often time these can be obtained directly from your water company, at little to no cost, but you can also find them at your nearest home hardware store.
Adjusting how you do your laundry is one of the easiest ways you immediately make changes to improve your water conservation practices. To start, you can reduce the numbers of washes that use higher water temperature settings. Consider using shorter wash cycles when appropriate and always adjust the water level to meet the needs of your wash load.
If you are able to upgrade your washing machine, this will offer you the greatest opportunity to save money and water. Older models can use as much as 25 gallons more per wash cycle than some of the newer energy efficient models. Some washers also have automatic sensors that control the water level to meet your load requirements, saving you even more water.
Toilets and Faucets
Anywhere you can make an upgrade, can usually result in water saving. Toilets are another great example. You could save as much as 5 gallons per flush with a new model, versus an out of date one. Faucets, especially if they are leaky, should be addressed immediately. If you think you might need a new faucet or a new toilet, it’s a fairly easy process and can be handled by your local plumber in a short amount of time.
Other Things You Can Do
Research water conservation. The EPA has a lot of products and tips to help you implement water conservation in your home. Doing simple things like turning the water off when you are brushing your teeth or limiting your sprinkler use can help make an impact on all of your water saving efforts.
Making a few changes today can obviously make for a brighter day tomorrow. At Knight Plumbing we want to help you with all of your plumbing needs, whether it’s an emergency or just an upgrade. Let us help you save money and make an impact on the environment with some easy changes to upgrade and bring value to your home.