“Green plumbing” is a bit of a buzz word in our industry lately. Green plumbing is a great way to minimize waste and save money, water, and energy.
What is Green Plumbing
Green plumbing modifies traditional ways of plumbing to make it more efficient, reducing water waste, and even sometimes using waste water for activities such as gardening. Reducing waste water is one of the easiest things you can to make your home more ecologically friendly. And, it can save you money.
What Can You Do?
Sinks and Showers
Sinks and showers can easily be fitted with low-flow faucets or shower-heads to reduce the amount of water used during operation. They still provide plenty of water flow for normal use. One of the largest producers of waste water is the kitchen sink, where water is left running during washing or dishes. You can install a house fitting on the sink to shut water off when the handle is released.
You can also have sensor-operated water faucets installed. These faucets reduce waste, and reduce germ transference, because they are hands-free.
One way to reduce waste water is through the use of low-flow or dual-flow toilets. Low-flow toilets can reduce water waste by up to 75 percent. Low-flow toilets became the standard when water conservation laws in the mid-nineties mandated that toilets could use no more than 1.6 gallons per flush. If your home still uses an older model, upgrade to a low-flow model to save substantial amounts of water.
If you prefer more control over how much flushing occurs per flush, consider a dual-flow toilet. Dual-flow toilets allow you to select a regular flush or a low-flush. The dual-flush toilet design can save up to 68 percent more water than a conventional low flow toilet.
Another water-saving alternative is a composting unit. Composting units do not use water at all. Instead waste is combined with sawdust, coconut coir, or peat moss to support processing. These types of toilets are often used in State Parks throughout the United States. Special installation may be required for typical home use.
Traditional water heaters keep large amounts of water consistently heated in order to allows for hot water usage when necessary. They encourage water waste, waiting for hot water to run through the system and energy waste maintaining constant heat. Tankless water heaters heat water only when warm water is called upon, reducing the amount of energy used to heat water.
If you prefer keeping hot water on hand, there are alternates to traditional water heaters, such as point-of-use water heaters, which are located in specific areas where more hot water may be needed quickly such as bathrooms.
Another alternative is solar-powered water heaters. These reduce the amount of energy required to heat the water in the system.