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“Going Green” With Our Plumbing

I think by now, we’ve heard it a million times, “Going green.” So just what does it mean to “Go green?” Well, here’s one definition. I think best describes “Going green” is  “to make more environmentally friendly choices such as recycle, reduce, reuse.” In years past, “Going green” meant a considerable expense though not so any longer. Installing green products has proven to lower utility costs in the long run, as well as improve our environment. Our home plumbing system covers a wide range of green products such as water heaters, toilets, showerheads, faucets, and garbage disposals.  

There Are Many Advantages Of “Going Green”

Whether you decide to “Go green” with your plumbing all at once or gradually as your appliances start to wear, you will reap the benefits of green plumbing. There are other advantages of “Going green” that far exceed lower utility costs and that’s the fact when our families are healthier with green plumbing. Green homes provide clean filtered water to your family while conserving resources. It goes well beyond saving a buck on our utility bill.  

Don’t Be Overwhelmed by “Going Green”, Take It One Bite At A Time

How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time. A homeowner can easily get overwhelmed when trying to make your whole house green, so take it in steps. If budget is an issue, certainly don’t go into significant debt over to go green. Planning is everything, start by pricing out your water heater, an on-demand or tankless water heater is preferred. If the cost is a major factor then research storage tank heaters. When purchasing a water heater, always buy one that has the Water Sense label, it will use 8% less energy than the standard heater. Installing a  whole house water filtration system will provide clean drinking water and softer skin for your family. It will stop those plastic water bottles from getting into the environment. The life expectancy of your pipes will be extended because you’ll have no more mineral deposits growing in your pipes. 

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Old Appliances Suck Energy

If budget is an issue, then start small and move up. For example, you can purchase a low flow toilet for less than 200 dollars. For less than 30 bucks, you can get a top of the line low flow showerhead. Are you living in the dark ages when it comes to your appliances? Old appliances such as dishwashers and clothes washers suck water and electricity compared to the latest models. Install a home leak monitoring device to detect leaks. According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), 10% of homes in the U.S. have water leaks that waste 90 gallons of water a day.  Most homeowners don’t have a clue that they have a water leak. To go green is a responsibility, and while most of us can’t go out and refit our homes, we can all make affordable minor changes to preserve our climate.

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