Five Ways to “Go Green” with Your Plumbing

Five Ways to “Go Green” with Your Plumbing

Looking for ways to make your home’s plumbing system more efficient and eco-friendly? Our new columnist has five helpful tips!

New homes are being built and new systems are being installed. Updates are being made to electrical, HVAC, and plumbing systems so that we can all do our part to be more eco-friendly and save the planet. Your plumbing system is something that you may not really give much thought to. After all, as long as your water is running, toilets are flushing, and dishwashers are working, you may not think there are any problems. It’s more of a in-the-back-of-your-mind system compared to electrical and heating issues. 

Whether you’re building a new home or wanting to make some updates to your current home, there are things that you can do to help make your home’s plumbing system efficient and eco-friendly. 

Here are five things you can do to help make your home’s plumbing system more green:

  1. Tankless water heater – We’ve all seen the trend moving toward tankless water heaters – and it’s not necessarily a bad thing. Tankless water heaters save space and can heat water more quickly and efficiently than traditional water heaters, which tend to lose efficiency as they age because of failing parts and leaks. 

  2. Dual flush toilets – Dual flush toilets can not only help to protect the environment but they can also reduce your water bill – using significantly less water than traditional toilets. These dual functions will allow you to select the amount of water flow that you need. 

  3. Dye test your toilets to make sure they are not running – Having a running toilet is not only a water of water, it also means an increase in your water bill. A dye test can help you to determine if your toilet is running and needs to be repaired or replaced. To complete a dye test, all you need to do is put a dye tablet or food coloring in the tank of your toilet. Do not flush and come back 10 minutes after to check the toilet. If there is color in your toilet bowl then there is a leak. It’s also not a bad idea to do a dye test every so often just to be sure that you don’t have a running toilet.

  4. Turn off the water while brushing your teeth and shaving – Turning off your water while brushing your teeth and shaving is something our parents have been telling us our entire lives, and most likely what we also tell our children. Save water and your plumbing system by turning off the water when you brush your teeth and shave.

  5. Only run full loads in your washing machine and dishwasher – Save your plumbing system the potential of overload by running your washing machine and dishwasher when you have full loads. You can save several thousand gallons of water by only running these when they are full. Full loads also take the pressure off your plumbing system.