As all of the world’s industries tend to shift to a more eco-friendly approach, it is logical to expect that plumbing jumps on the “green train” too.
Besides the obvious benefits for the environment, greener technologies are in high demand. So if you’re a plumber, working with them will give you a competitive edge over companies who don’t.
On the other hand, if you’re a homeowner who wants to reduce their energy costs and carbon footprint, you too will like what you’re about to read.
Today, I’m going to discuss how you can make plumbing greener and why you should do it. If this is something that you might be interested in, please, read on.
The Benefits of Greener Plumbing
In this section, I’m going to try to explain just how exactly can optimized plumbing be good for the environment.
You see, new technologies in this field focus on two interconnected things: energy efficiency and reduced water consumption. What many folks don’t realize is that using less water also means using less electricity or gas, which is a great way to cut one’s energy bills. However, there is another, more significant impact of green plumbing. As fossil fuels are required for water processing and delivery, reducing the amount of water we use will automatically lower the usage of the fuels that we extract from the Earth. To sum up, eco-friendly plumbing means less energy use, which results in lower bills and reduced fossil fuel expenditure. It is a win-win situation for you and the planet.
The Leading Green Plumbing Technologies of 2019
Now that you’ve realized the value that greener plumbing could provide you with it’s time to check out some of the latest technologies that plumbers use to achieve this goal. Let’s put those wrenches to good use!
It is impossible to imagine having a green and enjoyable yard without a sprinkler system, so you know just how important these things are. However, sprinklers use up a lot of water, and the new technologies aim to change that. The new systems are all about efficiency, and they manage to use less water due to their optimized water delivery methods designed in a way that’ll spread water more evenly across your lawn. As I’ve mentioned earlier, this decreases your water and energy bills and has a positive impact on the environment.
Solar-powered Water Heaters
This is a big one, as all of us need large amounts of hot water every single day. In case you haven’t known, standard water heaters use up quite a lot of electricity, and solar- powered heaters are the polar opposite. The latter presents one of the most energy-efficient technologies utilized by plumbers today. To be frank, some parts of the world do not get a lot of sun, except maybe in the summer, so they might not experience great benefits from these systems. However, those who live in warm and sunny places should not think twice about using solar energy to heat up their water.
Water Heating Without a Tank
The usual water heaters with a storage tank require a lot more energy than their tankless counterparts. As a matter of fact, some estimates have shown that, in the long run, tankless heaters could lower energy use for more than 30%. This is a huge number, and although installing these systems is more expensive than going for a traditional tank, it pays off. If you want to know how they work, these systems use a device called a heat exchanger to provide your home with hot running water, thus removing the need for water storage.
Recycling of Greywater
Take a moment to think about how much greywater you produce every day. Now imagine if all that water could be recycled and repurposed, instead of just going down the drain. Well, this can be done with some of the latest plumbing technologies. Water from our showers, sinks, and appliances doesn’t contain as many dangerous bacteria as the water from the toilet, so it doesn’t require a lot of treatment to be suitable for reuse. Sounds great, right? It sure is, and the only problem with these systems is pinpointing the exact cost, as it depends on a lot of factors.
As you can see, you have a lot of options on how to use up less water in your household and become more responsible towards our planet. Having all four systems installed right away might be too much of a financial hit for some, but I’m sure that most of the readers could start with at least one. Like I mentioned earlier, these might seem like big investments in the beginning, but be absolutely certain that they will all pay off in the long run.
About Ethan: Ethan Johnson is a mechanical engineer with a passion for all things DIY. He is the mastermind behind Manoffamily.com, a blog that’s going to teach you anything you want to know about home renovation, woodworking, gardening and more.
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