Environmentally-friendly plumbing solutions have plenty of benefits. They help you save on your water consumption, which will lower your bill. They also aid with water conservation and support the environment. Even minor changes to your plumbing system can make it more Earth-friendly. The money you will spend on these changes could easily be recouped in terms of your water bill savings.
Here are a few eco-friendly plumbing fixtures to invest in:
- Water-efficient showerheads – Slowing the water pressure in your showerhead will allow you to save hundreds of gallons per year, which translates into a lower water bill. Rain-style showerheads use less water. A flow-optimized showerhead can reduce the flow of water from the standard 2.5 gallons per minute to 1.75 gallons per minute, which is a considerable savings in terms of water use.
- Eco-friendly faucets – This type of water faucet reduces your water consumption because of the slower flow. Just don’t let this faucet lull you into a false sense of conservation. Turn off all faucets when they are not in use—even Earth-friendly faucets.
- Eco-friendly outdoor water systems – Lawn sprinkler systems guzzle water, and a lot of that water is wasted on water runoff. When you water the lawn when the weather is hot, a lot of water will dissipate through evaporation. If you have a choice between a water sprinkler or drip irrigation, irrigation is much more efficient. With irrigation, water is supplied directly to the roots of the plants instead of being wasted in areas where it is not needed.
- Water-efficient toilets – Toilets are heavy water users. Old toilets use as much as 7 gallons of water per flush. Replacing them with high-efficiency toilets that use only 1.6 gallons per flush will save you a lot of water. Another option is the use of dual-flush toilets with two types of flushes. A weaker pressure flush is for liquid waste while a powerful flush is reserved for solid waste.
The use of Earth-friendly plumbing solutions at home will reduce your water consumption, lower your bills, and allow you to contribute to the preservation of the environment.