Making home plumbing sustainable has several benefits – it reduces the expenditure, provides better performance and also reduces wastage of water and energy. Here are a few cost-friendly ways to make your home plumbing sustainable.
Water Pipes – The right size and the right material for pipes can make a huge difference in making the plumbing system eco-friendly. While steel and PEX pipes are highly recommended, a cheap way in which plastic or copper pipes can be made more efficient is by installing pipe insulators. They can seriously reduce heat loss, which means that the ultimate energy consumption in heating water will be diminished.
Toilets – Eco-friendly toilets are inexpensive and also reduce the water consumption. They use about 20-60% less energy overall, thus leading to a decrease in not only the water bill, but the ultimate energy consumption also.
Shower Heads – Standard showerheads are responsible for a major portion of the water wastage. However, water-efficient showerheads are now widely available, which are cheap and can decrease the water flow to 1.75 GPM (gallons per minute) as compared to the standard 2.5 GPM. Thus, it is a cheap and eco-friendly alternative which enables one to use only 70% of the water consumed with standard showerheads.
Faucets – Eco-friendly faucets are again, an inexpensive and eco-friendly alternative as they reduce the amount of water flowing out of it at once, without reducing the pressure.
Outdoor Water System – One should consult plumbers before installing irrigation systems for lawns and outdoor landscapes, as drips may be more energy efficient than spray systems in many settings. It is also important to schedule watering through irrigation systems in such a way that wastage through evaporation or running off is reduced. There will not be any additional expenditure if one chooses the energy-efficient alternative.
Greywater Reuse – Instead of using fresh water for flushing toilets, a better and more energy-efficient option is to use sink water (passed through a filter and disinfectant) to flush toilets. It is another inexpensive technique, as all one needs to do is install the filter and the disinfectant, which are pocket-friendly and tweak the plumbing system a bit to route sink water to the nearby toilet tank.
Additionally, it is important that the plumbing systems are regularly checked for leaks and other damages. Regular check-ups and timely repairs by plumbing contractors reduce wastage to a great extent. Installing eco-friendly plumbing systems is a cheaper option in the long-run even if the immediate costs may be high, as all energy consumption bills are reduced.