Conservation in Plumbing
Ductless mini-split combo heating and cooling systems use less energy than boilers and furnaces. Air from outside is recycled in and vice versa. An air duct system is not used, which minimizes the release of pathogens in the air. In addition, each room can be set at its own temperature.
Tankless water heating systems use far less energy than gas or electric water heaters. Electric or gas water heaters heat gallons of water at a specific temperature on a consistent basis. With a tankless system, water is heated only when the faucet calls for it.
Dual flush and low flow toilets are common eco-friendly options. Many manufacturers are designing toilets with jetting and low flow properties. An EPA label from WaterSense is awarded to toilets that use a small amount of water.
Water softeners and filtration systems deliver pure, clean water throughout your home or through the kitchen faucet. It reduces the build up of calcium and mineral breakdown of pipes. Clean water in the house decreases the need to purchase bottled water and increases the longevity of water supply lines.
Many suppliers now offer dual flow, low-flow, and high efficiency kitchen and bathroom faucets, as well as showerheads. Engineers have invented a variety of innovative but popular options with water conservation in mind.
Old, rusting pipes cause water to be contaminated. Copper, cast iron, and galvanized steel are all recyclable pipe options. PEX is not recyclable, but like copper and cast-iron it doesn't require soldering and/or adhesives that cause toxic fumes.
Upgrade your old washing machine and dishwasher with newer eco-friendly models. Modern machines come with water level sensors and other energy saving and noise pollution features.
Installing a timed watering system and replacing a spray system with a drip system are a couple of ways to conserve water. Installing an outside tank for rain catchment is also recommended.
Insulate hot water pipes to save energy. By reducing heat loss, your boiler or furnace will not have to work as hard. You will not only save energy, but money too.
Address plumbing leaks, even if it's currently a slow drip. The amount of wasted water from even the smallest leak is astounding.
Consider upgrading your faucets, shower-heads, and toilets with newer eco-friendly models.
Keep track of your water usage to help you gauge your needs and conservation efforts going forward.