If you caught our blog post last month with Eco-friendly Plumbing Tips, or even if you didn’t, we have a few more for you to consider. We all should be taking steps to make our homes more earth-conscious, and the plumbing system is a great place to start. So without further ado, here are 5 more tips for a home with a “green” plumbing system!
1. Eco-Friendly Chemical Products for a Green Plumbing System
Toward the end of the 2003 Pixar film, Finding Nemo, Nemo tries to get flushed down the toilet to get to the ocean to be reunited with his dad because he has been told “All drains lead to the ocean.” This phrase has been repeated over and over throughout the movie reminding Nemo that if he can just get down a drain, he will be able to get back to his dad. While Nemo finds hope in this phrase, we need to see the responsibility in it. What we send down the drain will end up in groundwater and in the bodies of water near our homes. Using bio-degradable soaps and chemicals in our homes will reduce the pollution that enters our plumbing systems, whether your home is connected to the sewer or septic system.
2. Have Missoula Plumbing Contractors Install Low-Flow Showerheads and Sinks
While all the water we use goes back to the Earth eventually, it does not go to the same location, nor in the same quality or quantity. By reducing the flow of water in showerheads and sinks, you are reducing the amount of water you are pulling from your water source. Overuse of wells can cause them to dry up. Lakes and reservoirs can get low with overuse, particularly during droughts. It is important to be aware of and conservative with our water use.
3. Green Plumbing Systems Have Updated Appliances, like Dish and Clothes Washers
Technology has come a long way in being green! Not only do high-efficiency washing machines use about half the amount of water as a regular washing machine, but they also use about one-third less energy. That’s a huge difference! Additionally, high-efficiency clothes washing machines do not use an agitator. This can help clothes retain their shape and color longer than classic clothes washing machines with an agitator. That’s more than just a win-win! That’s a triple win for your Missoula home!
4. Missoula Plumbing Contractors Suggest Using Alternative Water Sources – Like Rainwater
Rainwater collection is common practice in many countries around the world, as is solar-heated rainwater. These methods not only lower your electric bill but also bring you back to nature. Whether your Missoula home is currently connected to city water or using a well, there are alternate options that will help you have a more “green plumbing” system by lowering your electric usage.
5. Missoula Plumbing Contractors Insulate Pipes for a Green Plumbing System
By insulating the pipes on your Missoula home’s plumbing system, you can lower your electricity usage as well as lengthen the life of your pipes. By insulating pipes, the water in them stays warmer for longer. This option can be a double-edged sword depending on the material used for insulation. Whether fiberglass, cotton, or other materials, do your research to ensure that you are making a decision with a net positive for your home and the environment.
Green Plumbing Options For Your Missoula Home
Whether it was an eco-friendly plumbing option in last month’s article or one from this month that caught your attention, you are only a phone call away from getting your home on the path to being more earth conscious! Your favorite Missoula Plumbing Contractor can be contacted at (406) 728-5550 or online to make an appointment for a consultation or an installation today!