Did you know that there are a few ways that you can make your plumbing more energy efficient?
Over time, the plumbing in your home can easily get pretty bogged down, and that in turn increases your water consumption. By neglecting to practice proper maintenance or general proper usage, problems can become worse down the line.
Here are four ways to make your plumbing more efficient:
Gray Water Recycling
Gray water is the wastewater that comes from sinks, baths, washing machines, and other appliances. Since it is technically reused water, you wouldn’t want to use it for bathing, drinking, or other common uses, you can find good uses for it on the outside of your home. By using the recycled gray water, you can cut down on the water usage for watering your garden and a few other outdoor uses.
Replacing Faucets and Shower Heads
After a certain amount of time, your faucets and shower heads can endure a good amount of wear and tear. With all this wear and tear going on, it is more prone to cracks, leaks, drips, and water damage. Not to mention the lime, soap, and rust buildup that can accumulate after years of use.
By replacing your faucets and shower heads, you can reduce the amount of water you waste by ensuring that your systems are up to date and in the best condition.
Upgrade to Energy-Efficient Appliances
Just like it’s a good idea to replace your faucets and shower heads, it’s also a good idea to upgrade those things and other appliances to an energy-efficient appliance that saves you money! It may be more costly upfront but investing in an energy-efficient appliance can pay you back in the long run.
Another good idea is to evaluate the water-heavy appliances you have and decide if that’s something you need to be using in your house. If you live in an older house and still use some of the appliances that came with the house before an upgrade or renovation, chances are they are outdated and using more water than they should.
Insulate the Pipes
If you live in an area where your pipes have the chance of freezing over, extra insulation on the pipes may be a good move. When the pipes in your home freeze over, it increases the risk for cracks and damages to occur, ultimately resulting in water loss. By insulating your water pipes, you can greatly reduce the chances of cracks and damage that make you lose water. It’s also smart to insulate your cold water lines as well just to make sure your water stays cool in the summertime.
Why is Plumbing Efficiency Important?
When it comes to reasons why high-efficiency plumbing is so important, the list goes on and on. Being attentive to your water usage can help to lower your water utility bill, reduce stress on your home and assist in preventing water shortages. Practicing sustainability now can encourage future generations to practice it as well.
For more information on the ways that you can make your home more energy-efficient and how to get started, call on the experts at Norman Heating and Air.