These days, when it comes to home design, energy efficiency is something that people tend to really care about. Water efficiency can also be an important topic from an environmental and cost perspective.
Whether your goal is to save on your heating and water bills, to have less of a negative impact on the environment or, best of all, both, there are lots of ways you can tweak your home to have better efficiency.
When it comes to your plumbing, you should get into good habits like not leaving faucets running when you aren’t using them (for instance, turning the faucet on when you finish brushing your teeth and want to rinse, rather than leaving it running for the whole time you are brushing). However, you can also make some easy modifications that will make you eco-friendlier and save you money in the long run.
Here are three things you can implement fairly easily that will cut your water and energy bills and be kinder to the planet. You can find more ideas at theplumbinginfo.com.
Dual Flush Toilets
Dual flush toilets have been around for a long time now and are often standard in new build properties. They have two flush options and you simply use the one best suited to what you are flushing away, allowing you to use less water than when you use the same powerful flush for both liquid and solid waste, which is unnecessary. If you are upgrading your bathroom then this is definitely the best choice for toilet plumbing, both for saving water and saving money.
If you are having new pipes fitted, then it is important to choose the best material which will retain heat and mean you need to use less energy for your hot water and heating needs.
PEX and steel pipes have the best performance and are also extremely robust. However, if you want to improve the heat performance of existing copper pipes or plastic pipework, then an easy solution is to buy some cheap pipe insulation from the hardware store and use this to help them keep in the heat better.
If you are getting a new shower, look out for energy and water efficient designs. These are easy to find now and can offer you the pressure you want without wasting as much water. Some highly optimized modern shower heads can use 30% less water with no noticeable difference to the user, and so over the course of a year, this is going to really add up in terms of your family’s water consumption.
In general, modern shower heads and faucets are more eco-friendly, so if you are replacing your whole bathroom or kitchen plumbing, you will immediately see the benefit. However, it can pay to look out for products that have been specifically designed with water and energy efficiency in mind to get the biggest cost and green benefits from them. They may cost more upfront, but they tend to pay for themselves in the long run.