Monday, July 29, 2013

New Perspectives: Greening Your Home with Updated Plumbing

Over time, your home’s plumbing system handles massive amounts of water. What type of system you have, and how well it is maintained can make a big difference in water use. Using less water, not only helps the environment, but can also save you money. Hiring a professional plumber might sound expensive but might end up paying for itself. For example, upgrading your current water system, or installing new water saving plumbing fixtures can make a huge difference in your water bill. Even repairing your roof and improving your gutter system can help to reduce the water waste in your home.

A professional plumber could install a low consumption toilet. This should be the first step to a more water efficient home, since these, greener versions use literally half the water of a traditional design – 6 litres compared to 13.2 litres. Government studies report that the average home will save over 80 litres of water each year just by switching out your toilets.

Shower Heads, Faucets and Taps have also become more eco-savvy. Modern, high efficiency water taps, faucets and shower heads can dramatically reduce water waste, without any compromise to comfort or water pressure. Traditional shower heads run through about 95 litres of water during an average 10 minute shower. Modern efficient showers, including the new rainfall shower head with a built in flow restrictor, consume only 76 litres during the same shower. That’s 19 litres of water saved every time someone showers in your home.

You should also consider replacing your older, outdated fixtures. It used to be popular for a bathroom to have a large tub with a stand alone shower, but these fixtures are no longer standard because of their wastefulness. 

You can become more energy efficient when it comes to using water and heating with the help of your professional plumber. This gives you the potential to save money on utility bills while reducing your carbon footprint. 

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