Everyone has heard the term going “green”. Some of the easiest step you can take to green up your home is with your plumbing. In fact, by taking steps to change your plumbing to different green options you can save up to $400 a year annually on a typical 3 person household. Not only can it help you save money but it can help reduce the number greenhouse gases released into the atmosphere. Over 91 million tons of carbon dioxide a year can be spared is more people went to greener options when plumbing. What are those options? Which options can I choose with my Chicago Plumbers? How can I change my entire plumbing system around for a greener option? How much money can it save me in the end?
Green Chicago Plumbing Options
Here is a checklist of some options that your Chicago Plumbers can help you install and guide you with advice on how it can help you in the long run. This is by no means a full list with a wide variety of techniques and items in existence that well help reduce your carbon footprint and lower your cost, however these are some main ideas and easy to install:
___ Dual Flush Toilets: Without going into too much graphic detail the concept behind these is pretty unique. Dual flush toilets use less water when flush after urinating and more water when you flush after….well you know. This actually saves water consumption and reduces water waste in your home.
___ Insulate Pipes/Install On Demand Water Heater: This will save you money and reduce water usage. Millions of gallons of water are wasted every year by turning on the water and waiting for it to warm up. By insulating your pipes this will take less time, and by installing an on demand water heater, no more wait, saving you money. Call your trusted local Chicago Plumber today and they will advise you on which options are right for your home. Simply by replacing an old water heater can save 15% on energy costs.
___ Low Flow Faucet/ Toilet: You can also switch to low flow systems in your home which will reduce the amount of money you spend on your water bill.
___ Install Home Leak Monitoring System: Yes it is true, this system will monitor whether or not you have a leak in your pipes. Leaks in your water pipes cannot only increase your cost of water, but also lead to dangerous health implications through mold growth and other nasty bacteria in stagnant water. You’ll want to consult with an Chicago Plumber before doing this to make sure there are no existing leaks or dangerous mold growth.
___ Install Energy Efficient Appliances- While it might sound costly to replace all the appliances in your house, by installing Energy Efficient Appliances, you can reduce your personal energy costs by about 50% overall saving you lots of money per year on that electric and water bill.
___ Install A Whole House Water Filtration System: This will actually recycle the water you use in your home. Don’t worry it’s not as nasty as it sounds. With in home filtration systems and separate lines, you have nothing to fear. In fact, with homes that already have this system in place, the water has been tested and found better than the water coming in from their local community.