What Is Green Plumbing?
Fresh, clean water is a limited resource. Green plumbing takes advantage of eco-friendly plumbing products and services to reduce your family’s impact on the environment. Keep reading to learn more about how your plumber can improve the sustainability of your Houston home, allowing you to enjoy comfort while saving money on your utility bills.
Water ConservationThe average family of four uses 400 gallons of water each day. Leaks inside the home can waste up to 90 gallons per day, while inefficient plumbing fixtures and poor water usage habits result in additional waste. Green plumbing focuses both on repairing leaks and upgrading your fixtures to help your family conserve water. By using less water, you will also save money on your monthly water bills. Repairing leaks prevents costly damage to your home as well as wasted water that you may be literally flushing down the drain. Low-flow showerheads use 25-60% less water while retaining water pressure for comfort. Placing aerators on your faucets can reduce water usage by up to 1.7 gallons per minute every time you turn on the sink. Upgrading appliances such as dishwashers and washing machines to high-efficiency units allows you to save water and electricity when washing dishes or clothing.
Today, many homes are taking advantage of greener water practices such as rain barrel water collection and greywater recycling. Using a rain barrel to collect rain can eliminate the need for your garden hose when caring for your lawn. When you consider that up to 30% of your home’s water usage is devoted to lawn care, you can enjoy significant savings by recycling rainwater for watering purposes. Alternatively, you can install a greywater recycling system in your home. Greywater recycling uses the water drained from your sinks, tubs, showers, and appliances to water your lawn. By using greywater to maintain your yard, you are placing less stress on your septic or sewer system while providing your yard with essential nutrients without the need for additional fertilization.
Chemical drain cleaners pose a health hazard to your family and the surrounding environment. Overuse of chemical drain cleaners can also melt PVC plumbing pipes, leading to leaks or other problems. Making the switch to green, eco-friendly drain cleaning products creates a healthier household and prolongs the lifetime of your plumbing while preserving the safety of your local ecosystem. Green plumbing solutions such water, vinegar, baking soda, and Mr. Rooter’s BioChoiceES® Green Drain Cleaner break down or prevent clogs naturally rather than by creating a chemical reaction. These products can be used as part of your regular plumbing maintenance without causing harm to your pipes or local water sources.
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