5 DIY Upgrades That Will Make Your Plumbing Eco-Friendly

On February 10, 2018 by Himanshu

Want to make more money? Go green. Consumers are becoming increasingly aware of how eco-friendly certain brands and businesses are. And businesses owners are on to this. But there is a huge misconception out there. Most people think that “going green” is more expensive.

However, nothing could be further from the truth. In fact, the definition of going green is finding a more eco-friendly and more cost-effective way to do business. Inspired by recent droughts in California and South Africa, this is article is going to share with you 3 ways to go green with your plumbing.

Upgrades that Conserve Water

  • Installing Eco-Friendly Toilets

Eco-Friendly Toilets
Older toilet models would use as much as 7 gallons per flush, and present conventional models use between 3.5 to 5 gallons whenever you flush. But newer eco-friendly models are using as little as 1.28 gallons per flush. Even less efficient eco-friendly models will save upwards of 60% of the amount of water conventional toilets are using now.

  • Installing Eco-Friendly Faucets

Eco-Friendly Faucets
Older faucet models release between 2.5 to 7 gallons of water per minute. But today there is a wide array of eco-friendly faucets you can choose from to make your plumbing friendlier to the environment and to your pocket. These models are designed to maintain good water pressure while using features like low flow designs and handless water shutoff to minimize water use.

  • Installing Low Flow Showers

Low Flow Showers
The traditional shower head is designed to use up to 2.5 gallons of water per minute, but with newer eco-friendly models that amount is reduced by up to 30% without any noticeable change in the showering experience.

If for any reason any of these installations go wrong and you find yourself wondering “where is the closest RooterHero plumber near me?” contact a professional immediately.

Upgrades that Conserve Energy

  • Using Energy Efficient Water Heaters

Energy Efficient Water Heaters
Conventional water heaters will keep water stored in a tank continuously heating until the time when you need it—and then you find yourself at the sink running water, waiting for it to get hot. Eco-Friendly models solve this problem either with solar power or going tankless. Solar power is renewable and cheap to harness, while the tankless models heats water on demand, only when you need it, thus saving energy in the process.

Upgrades that Conserve Both Water and Energy 

  • Replacing Water Pipes or Insulating Them

Water Pipes
If you’re managing an older property you may be thinking of replacing your old pipes with new ones. But this process is costly and produces a considerable amount of waste, while requiring a similar amount of materials. A better option would be to retrofit existing pipes with a structural liner or insulation to help preserve structure and retain heat as water passes through. This option preserves energy and water, as well as existing infrastructure.

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