Smart plumbing ideas to conserve water and save energy
Saving water as well as energy is more important than ever. Here are a few tips that will help you save money and have less of an impact on the environment:
- Save hundreds of gallons of water each week. Just install low-flow showerheads and aerator faucets.
- Update your toilet. Toilets made before 1993 usually use at least 3.5 gallons per flush, whereas new high-efficiency models use less than 1.3 gallons. Installing a new toilet could save a family of four more than $90 on their water bill annually, $2,000 over the lifetime of the toilet.
- Fix toilet leaks and faucet drips. Did you know a leaky toilet can waste 73,050 gallons of water a year? Or that a faucet dripping at once per second can waste more than 3,000 gallons of water a year?
- Think about investing in a tankless water heater. You’ll reduce heating costs and water waste because you won’t have to let the water run while it heats up.
- Wash only full loads of laundry. Refer to the appropriate load size selection on the washing machine to save water.
Put some of these simple “green plumbing” ideas to work around your home and you’ll be doing your fair share to protect our environment.
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