Maintaining a home can be overwhelming. However, certain updates like conserving energy and water can make your home more efficient while also decreasing your monthly bills. While surprising to learn, updating certain plumbing fixtures can help your home become more eco-friendly and add value to your home.
Use this guide and your plumber's assistance to make your home more eco-friendly by conserving energy and water.
1. Tankless Water Heater
The water heater is an imperative part of your home and an essential part of your family's daily life since it provides the hot water needed to bathe, do laundry, and even wash dishes.
Unfortunately, traditional water heaters are also the main source of your home's total energy usage. Traditional water heaters use a constant stream of energy to continuously heat water, even when you are not actually in need of this hot water. This energy usage can be wasteful and costly.
In contrast, tankless models use energy to heat water only when it is necessary. Also known as demand water heaters, tankless models conserve a great deal of energy.
Determining the exact amount of energy your household will save can be difficult because the total savings will depend on your household size and the amount of water used each day. However, according to the U.S. Department of Energy, if your home uses 41 gallons or less of hot water, then you can expect a tankless water heater to be 24 percent to 34 percent more energy efficient than traditional models.
Take advantage of the benefits that a tankless water heater offers by replacing your old water heater with a tankless model.
2. High-Efficiency Toilets
The toilet is one element you might not realize is a source of water waste. Understanding how much water toilets waste can be shocking especially when you want to live an eco-friendly lifestyle.
On average, older toilets use between 3.5 and 7 gallons of water with each flush. This may not seem like a large amount of water, but it can add up to a tremendous amount over time.
Replacing your old toilets with high-efficiency models may be an expense, but it can be a smart investment, especially if you want to go green, add value to your home, and save money on your monthly water bills.
High-efficiency toilets are designed to flush faster, moving water rapidly through the tank and into the bowl. Not only does the water move faster but also the toilet design ensures water and waste discharges quickly through the drain. High-efficiency toilets use an estimated 1.28 gallons of water with each flush. Basically, the design of these eco-friendly toilets provides a more powerful flush using less water.
3. Low-Flow Faucets
Another way you can conserve water is by replacing old faucets and showerheads with low-flow models. From washing your hands in the sink to shaving, showering, and brushing your teeth, the amount of water you can conserve with these water-efficient fixtures is astonishing.
In fact, by replacing your older faucets and showerheads with low-flow models, you can reduce your water usage by 30 to 50 percent.
The overall design of low-flow faucets and showerheads vary according to the manufacturer, but they are capable of reducing the volume of water without affecting the actual flow.
Thankfully, you do not need to compromise on style when choosing these water-conserving fixtures. Today, manufacturers offer efficient showerheads and faucets in a variety of styles, designs, and colors, and finishes. Finding low-flow plumbing fixtures that work with your personality, budget, and home's style will be simple.
If you are ready to upgrade your plumbing with eco-friendly options to save energy and water, then contact us at John Manning Plumbing today.