aerated tap waterGreen plumbing is a new trend that is rapidly gaining in popularity

Homeowners seem to like the eco-friendly benefits as well as the fact that it brings benefits that lower their utility costs as well as decreasing  any negative environmental impact. Green plumbing fixtures also add value to a home when the home is being prepared for sale, making these updates a worthwhile investment for years into the future. Learn more about how much money green updates can save you, and how to get started on greening the plumbing in your home.

1. How Much Water and Energy Can Green Plumbing Updates Save?

Updating old leaky plumbing fixtures with new efficient green fixtures could reduce water usage in the home by 30 percent or even more. When the amount of hot water that is used in the home is reduced, this can further lower energy costs due to the cost of heating the water as well as the wear and tear on the water heating system. For a typical household, several hundred dollars could be saved each year just by greening the plumbing fixtures.

2. How Do I Get Started?

Getting started on green plumbing is best done with an experienced plumber. Professional plumbers have the right tools and equipment to make updates to any type of plumbing fixture. They also do the work quickly and accurately so that no damage is caused during the updates. An easy way to get started is to update one or two fixtures at a time, such as switching over to low flow faucets or dual flush toilets. Making the transition over a period of time might make it easier on everyone in the home. However, for the most bang for your bucks, there is no better way than to have all the plumbing updated at once.

3. Is It Worth the Cost?

While there is a small investment required to purchase green plumbing fixtures and to pay for their installation, the savings will be reaped for years into the future. In most cases, replacement of old leaky fixtures with new energy efficient ones will recoup any initial investment within one to three years of regular use.

4. Types of Green Plumbing Fixtures

There are many types of green plumbing fixtures for home use. These include:

  • Tankless water heaters. Operated with either natural gas or electricity, a tankless water heater uses a fraction of the energy of a traditional water heating tank.
  • Low-flow faucets and shower heads. These devices add air to the stream of water so that the pressure is not affected by the reduced amount of water released by the fixture.
  • Dual-flush toilets. These toilets offer two flushing options, one for liquid waste, which uses a fraction of a gallon of water, and the other for solid waste, which uses the typical one to two gallons per flush.
  • Aerators. Adding aerators to the kitchen and bathroom faucets reduces water flow but not the water pressure of what comes out of the fixture.

5. What Homes Benefit from Green Plumbing Updates?

All homes benefit from green plumbing updates. Any home can be retrofitted with devices such as a tankless water heater, dual-flush toilet or new aerators on the faucets. In most cases, homeowners do not even notice a difference in the quality of their showering or hand washing experiences after making the upgrades to more energy efficient plumbing fixtures. What they will notice, however, is the decrease in water, electricity and natural gas costs once the plumbing upgrades are installed.

This post has been submitted by Rachel West:

Rachel is a blogger for Aramendia Plumbing, Heating & Air, a plumbing company in Fort Worth specializing in green plumbing updates such as tankless water heaters. You can follow Aramendia @GoodGuys1st.


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