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Green Plumbing: Save Money, Save Energy, Save the Earth

Okay, so maybe our title for this blog is a little grandiose, but fortunately for all of us that doesn’t make it any less true.  Since the Green movement started catching on a couple years ago it’s become easier than ever to change your habits and live a more eco-friendly lifestyle.  Green plumbing practices are simple, widely available, and generally affordable. Even if the environment isn’t your main concern, green plumbing can save you green cash in the long run, and that’s something we can all agree on.

Here are a few things you can do that are two kinds of eco-friendly—ecosystem and economic:

Install low-flow showers, faucets, and toilets
We’ve done a couple blog posts on these topics before, but it never hurts to remind you of all the benefits of low-flow systems. If you’re concerned about not getting enough water pressure when showering, don’t be. Many modern low-flow showerheads are specifically designed with this in mind and will give you the pressure you need while still saving much more water than a regular showerhead. You don’t have to trade power for green with toilets either. Check out our previous post on low-flow toilets to see some of the best water saving brands currently on the market.

Repair leaks immediately
We know it may seem like that slow drip-drip in your bathroom isn’t that big of a deal, but trust us, it’s a whale of a problem when it comes to wasting water. One leaky faucet can waste up to 20 gallons of water per day. Compare the cost of 20 gallons per day for two weeks to the cost of one 30 minute visit from the plumber and we have a feeling you’ll be calling us pretty quick next time that drip-drip rolls around.

Insulate, insulate, insulate
We all know that a drop in temperature means a hike in heating bills. Most people go to great trouble to insulate their windows and doors to try and save money on heating costs during winter, but if the same amount of people also remember to insulate their pipes as well a whole lot more energy could be saved. Water that runs through pipes in exterior walls takes more time and more energy to heat up during the winter. By insulating the area around exterior wall pipes you’ll save energy, make your water warmer sooner, and keep more money in your pockets.