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Eco-Friendly Plumbing Tips to Help Save the Environment

04/04/23

If you’re like us, you’re more than a little worried about the impact human actions are having on the environment. Climate change is a growing concern on a global level, and we should all be doing our bit to help save the environment.

Recycling, watching our carbon footprint, and steering clear of burning fossil fuels are some ways you can live a greener lifestyle. However, how often do you consider your plumbing system a contributing factor?

Whether you’re shopping for new bathroom faucets or just interested in learning about water conservation, it’s not that tricky to create a greener plumbing system for your home.

Change Your Toilet

If you’re looking for ways to save money and the environment, one of the easiest places to start is with your bathroom. The average household uses up to 30% of its water usage by flushing toilets – that’s a lot of water that’s literally going down the drain.

Low-flow toilets use less water than traditional toilets. For example, the average low-flow toilet uses 1.28 gallons per flush, while older toilets use anywhere between 3.5 and 7 gallons per flush.[1]

What’s more, a low-flow toilet will save you money on your water bills—good news for your bank balance.

Implement Less Energy Usage

It isn’t only low-flow toilets that save energy. Other models are available, like a power flush system. These toilets use pressurized air to wash away waste.

Another low-energy usage system is a dual flush. Or opt for a gravity toilet – where the pull of gravity takes away your waste with very little water or energy usage.

If you need help determining which toilet best suits your home, seek advice from your local plumbing expert.

Install A Toilet Water Saver

Don’t want to replace your toilet? Use a water hippo instead. These effective devices sit in the toilet’s cistern and reduce the water used when you flush.

Pick the Right Pipes

Buy low-grade pipes, and you could end up with a system that pollutes the soil and groundwater. So save your plumbing system from damage while helping save the environment.

Use Durable Piping

Some piping systems create more damage to the soil than others. But the longer-lasting the pipes are the less chance of leakage. You could also opt for PEX pipes. Not only do they use less energy for heating water, but they are also recyclable.

Save On Heating Bills By Insulating Pipes

An easy way to save energy is by insulating your pipes and water heater. When hot water passes through pipes, it loses energy – insulating pipes can reduce heat loss by up to 40%.

Another good reason to insulate pipes is that it prevents them from freezing in the winter. Frozen pipes are no fun and can be costly to repair if they burst. Insulation saves your pipes from the cold.

Switch to Eco-Friendly Plumbing Fixtures

When it comes to water conservation, small changes can make a big difference. Here are two simple changes you can start with today.

Shift Showerheads

If you have an older shower, there’s a good chance your showerhead uses more than 2.5 gallons per minute. That’s a lot of water flowing down the drain!

eco-friendly shower head

An eco-friendly solution is to install a low-flow showerhead that uses 1.8 gallons of water per minute. As a result, you’ll conserve water, which is good news for the planet.

Choose from an aerated model that mixes air with water to create a mist spray or a laminated flow for individual water jets. Whatever your shower pressure preference, there’s a showerhead to fit.

Opt for Eco-Friendly Faucets

When was the last time you remembered to turn off the faucet when brushing your teeth or washing your hands? Most consumers are in the habit of leaving the water running. Did you know that this practice uses up to 3000 gallons of water yearly?

eco-friendly faucets

Automatic faucets alleviate this problem by switching them off after a specific time or when you remove your hands. These low-flow faucets save up to 30% water usage—a much friendlier option for the environment.

Don’t Forget to Clear Your Drains

Regular plumbing maintenance is an easy way to help the environment while saving you money on potential future repairs.

keep drain clear with eco friendly solutions

DIY Drain Cleaning Solutions

Drains get easily clogged with debris, like food or hair. So, to prevent any overflows or blockages, clean your drains every 30-60 days. If you don’t want to use harsh chemicals, try a homemade solution of baking soda, white vinegar, and boiling water. The baking soda reacts with vinegar to bubble and dislodge any blockages.

Professional Plumbing Inspections

The best way to prevent repair bills is to book professional inspections. The plumbing experts at HELP will keep your plumbing systems in top working order.

Ready to start taking care of the planet and building a sustainable future? At HELP, we’re here to guide you every step of the way. Contact us today for all your eco-friendly plumbing needs.

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