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Thursday, July 27 2023
Eco-Friendly Plumbing: Sustainable Practices for a Greener Home

The world is becoming more environmentally friendly. Efforts include upgrading utilities to ensure they don’t produce waste. In addition to saving energy, these measures also reduce energy bills.

There are several ways to upgrade your plumbing system to minimize water waste. Read on for some practical suggestions. 

Install Low Flush Toilets

Low-flush toilets use less water than traditional toilets. Before the early 1990s, when low-flush toilets came out, toilets used about 3.5 gallons of water per flush. They also used float valves that often leak and increase water loss.

When governments became aware of water shortages, they developed water-efficient standards for toilets and other appliances. Low-flow toilets were a result of these developments. They use 1.6 gallons per flush. They reduced water waste by over 50%.

Use Low Flow Water Heads

Before 1992, traditional water heads used five to eight gallons of water per minute. Today’s showerheads are low-flow and must adhere to no more than 2.5 gpm. Most utility companies will install low-flow showerheads in your home free of charge.

Utilize Water Efficient Washing Machines

Newer model washing machines use less water and energy than older models. ENERGY STAR-certified models use 25% less energy and 33% less water than regular washers. Front-load washers will also use less water than top-load washers because they fill only the washer’s bottom, while top-load washers soak the entire wash.

Get a Tankless Water Heater

Tankless water heaters only heat as much water as you need when needed. The on-demand heating can reduce energy use by 34%. It varies from a traditional water heater that heats water continuously. Traditional heaters waste energy and increase your risk of running out of hot water.

Tankless water heaters also last five to ten years longer than traditional heaters. They are a wise investment.

Have Your Pipes Checked

Your water pipes contribute to the water and energy use in your home. Steel and PEX pipes hold heat well and are an energy-efficient option.

Have a contractor check your system to ensure you are using high-quality pipes. They can also check for leaks that may be causing water waste.

Fix Leaks

Leaks may be coming from your pipes.  But they can also come from faucets and random appliances. If you find a leak, address it immediately to avoid a worsening problem and more water waste.

Touchless Faucets

Homes waste a significant amount of water when faucets are left on. They may be partially shut off,  or they may not be shut off at all.

Motion sensor faucets will only activate when your hand comes near the sensor. They will shut off immediately when your hand moves away. They can save you gallons of water.

How Barner Murphy Can Help

Barner Murphy Plumbing Company can help you create an eco-friendly plumbing system for your home. We offer complete plumbing installation for new construction, including environmental features. We provide high-quality water heaters that conserve water and energy. Our general plumbing services include the repair of various fixtures and faucets to eliminate leaks.

We offer repairs, installations, and replacements that help you save water, energy, and money. Contact us to schedule your eco-friendly service today. 

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