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Go Green and Save Green by Saving Water

Doing things in a way that isn’t environmentally friendly has its costs, but many people hesitate to take steps toward being greener because being green can be expensive too. What if there was a way that someone could be more eco-friendly and save money simultaneously?

Fortunately, with some tips from local plumbers, homeowners can go green and save some green at the same time. Observing some simple plumbing habits is a great way to accomplish both goals. Here are their top tips to minimize water wastage, protect waterways, and save money. 

Shut Off the Tap

tapHaving fresh and safe water always available is very beneficial; however, the environmental cost and carbon footprint of treating water can be high. Therefore, a great way to reduce water consumption and plumbing costs is to find opportunities to turn the water off more often. Some great places to start are: 
  • Shut off water while shaving, brushing teeth, and lathering up hands during washing
  • Install high-efficiency appliances like dishwashers and washing machines
  • Only run dishwashers and washing machines when loads are full
  • Dual flush toilets can reduce flushed water by 50%
  • Turn off the water while scrubbing in the shower

Doing any number of these things will lower water usage. The more, the better! With each habit practiced, a home gets greener. 

baths vs showers

Do Baths or Showers Use More Water?

This is a great question. It depends, but showering generally uses less water. There are a couple of things one can do to maximize savings and save the most water during hygiene rituals. First, install a low-flow showerhead. Low flow showerheads use about 30% less water than conventional showerheads. A well-designed model will distribute water so the individual showering won’t notice a difference in the volume of the water flow. 

Secondly, limit the amount of time in the shower. A long, hot shower is great, but it comes at a cost. Instead of standing idly under the flow of water, stay on task. Each minute a shower gets longer, around 2 gallons of water are wasted. The recommendation is to try a 7-minute shower. 


Don’t Allow Certain Things to Go Down the Drain

Watching what goes down the toilet drain is important to keep plumbing truly eco-friendly. Everything that gets flushed down the drain ends up in a body of water, so homeowners need to find ways to minimize foreign matter entering plumbing. Providing trash cans in bathrooms is a great way to keep non-biodegradable wipes and hygiene products from being flushed. Additionally, discarding food scraps and cooking grease in the trash can keep these pollutants out of delicate marine ecosystems. 

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