Upgrading your plumbing system to be more environmentally-friendly not only helps the earth, but also your bank account! Today, there are several ways you can modify your home’s plumbing to make it better for the environment. Here are five earth-friendly plumbing upgrades that you should consider for your home.
Showerheads & Faucets
Installing new showerheads and faucets can give your home a brand-new look. Even better is choosing ones that can decrease the amount of water you use!
Faucets with aerators can help save you water and money. The aerators increase water pressure by adding air to the water while decreasing the amount of water being used. Low-flow showerheads will decrease the amount of water being used while being customizable to the amount of water pressure you’d like. If you want to really step up your game, get coordinating fixtures so that they not only look nice but treat the environment nicely, too!
Eco-friendly toilets are one of the easier plumbing upgrades to make in your home. Older models use the same amount of water for every flush, and can use as much as 5 gallons per flush! That’s a lot of wasted water. Depending on the type of toilet you get, your earth-friendly toilet can use between 20% to 60% less water than your standard toilet.
One great option to look into is a dual-flush model. The dual-flush gives you the option to adjust the volume of water flow based on your needs. This ensures that your toilet functions optimally, while also reducing the need for unnecessary water while flushing.
Pipes are an essential part of your plumbing system and are used every day. They have the ability to wear out, so using that opportunity to switch to energy-saving pipes is a great plumbing upgrade to make.
Energy-efficient pipes help reduce leakage and heat loss while also improving water pressure and flow. If a full makeover sounds like too much, getting pipe insulators is still an option for you. They can be placed over existing pipes to help prevent heat loss, which helps to reduce your energy consumption.
Appliances are some of the most visible plumbing features in your home. And upgrading them can not only help beautify your home, but they can make it more eco-friendly.
New appliances on the market only require a small amount of water while still offering superior functionality. Consider switching out your dishwasher and washing machine for new and improved models. If you’re confused about which models are energy-efficient, look for appliances with the GE Energy Star label.
Tankless Water Heater
Unlike a typical water heater, a tankless water heater is much more energy-efficient. Traditional water heaters will constantly heat and reheat water, but a tankless heater produces hot water only when needed. They can reduce your energy consumption by up to as much as 40%. And to make them even more earth-friendly, tankless water heater’s lifespans are, on average, twice as long as a standard water heater and are recyclable. If you’re thinking about getting one for your home, call a licensed and insured plumber to make sure it’s installed properly.
Let’s Get You Your Plumbing Upgrades
At Wyman Plumbing & Mechanical, we can help upgrade your plumbing system to not only save the Earth but to save you money! What’s better than that? We can help install new appliances, change your fixtures, replace your toilet, and help get you a new tankless water heater. While headquartered in North Phoenix, we proudly service the entire North Valley area and are ready to help you with your plumbing needs!