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Feb 14

5 Upgrades That Will Make Your Plumbing Eco-Friendly

dual flush toilet - plumbing eco-friendlyA few simple lifestyle changes can dramatically decrease your carbon footprint. Starting with your own home, you can upgrade various plumbing equipment to make it eco friendly and energy efficient. As the world slowly becomes more environmentally conscious, new brands of eco-friendly products make going green unbelievably easy.

While many of these upgrades you can do yourself, some might require professional attention. To save yourself a hefty bill in damages, contact a RooterHero Emergency Plumbing if anything goes wrong.  Here are 5 Plumbing upgrades that will make your home more considerate of Mother Nature.

  1. Toilets

Different types of eco-Friendly toilets are slowly taking over. There are water-efficient toilets, which simply flush with less water and use as little as 1/4 of the water as a normal toilet. There are composting toilets, which decompose waste into a soil rich in nutrients. There are incinerating toilets, which use heat to burn waste into ash. The composting and incinerating toilets both need electricity to run, but only when the toilet is actually in use. Both of these options also convert waste into a non-hazardous material that reduces harm to the environment.

  1. Water Pipes

Restoring pipes in old properties creates excess waste that floods into landfills. New technologies can fix and improve your pipes without releasing carbon emissions or producing unnecessary waste. The process involves cleaning and drying the existing pipes and drains from the inside, then fitting in new non-toxic liners and coatings. This system enhances existing pipes and makes them more efficient and environmentally friendly, thus cutting down on energy and waste that results from manufacturing all new pipe materials.

  1. Shower Heads

Numerous brands of water-efficient shower heads are available today, all of which help conserve water. Some types of shower heads release water in pulses that are fast and consistent. Though you may not notice any difference in the water stream or water pressure, this technique uses about half the water of a traditional shower head. Low flow shower heads serve the same purpose. They simply use less water, which in turn saves energy from heating the water.

  1. Sprinkler Systems

Normal sprinklers often waste water by releasing too much water for too much time. Anyone with sprinklers should have a timer on the water pipes to shut off the water after a certain period of time. This prevents sprinklers from running longer than they need to. Or you can buy water-efficient sprinklers that produce a light water mist instead of large drops. The mist not only uses less water, it provides more consistent, thorough hydration to the lawn. There are also drip systems, which causes less water to evaporate into the air since the water flows directly to the grass.

  1. Water Heaters

With new innovations in energy efficiency, such as solar or wind power, heating water can easily be environmentally friendly. Another option is tankless gas hot water heaters. These reduce energy usage and carbon emissions, and they last up to twice as long as regular water heaters so they cut back on landfill waste. Hybrid water heaters use heat from the air to warm water,  and they do not produce any gas emissions. These run on electricity, but are still better than regular water heaters in terms of energy efficiency.

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