Going Green Information for Earth Day
Since 1970, April 22nd has been declared Earth Day, and over the years the celebration has spread all over the world. While it’s not a national holiday with kids getting off school, it’s an important time to remember that we’ve only got one planet that we all have to share and live on. And, just like our own homes, it’s up to us to maintain this world and keep it in good shape not just for our family, but also for future of our family and the children to come after. With that in mind, we’ve come up with a few tips to share to make your plumbing cleaner and greener.
Shrink Your Carbon Footprint
There’s a lot of talk in science and science-related news about carbon footprint reduction, but do you know what it is? It’s all about just how much carbon dioxide, or CO2 you send into the air. When you exhale, you create it, but there are lots of other ways this happens. CO2 build up is what keeps heat trapped on the earth’s surface, and contributes to global warming. So by taking steps to stop producing so much carbon, or buying and using products with reduced carbon emission, you’re playing your part in shrinking the “footprint” of carbon you make during your daily life.
Try Using a Water Filter
You can try buying a small one that you attach to your tap, or you can go “all in” and buy a big unit that’s integrated into your home and your plumbing. But when you buy and use a water filter, you’re taking that extra step to use clear, pure, safe water for your household needs.
Buy & Use a Tankless Water Heater
It’s not necessarily the cheapest expenditure up front, but if you’re planning on living in your home for many years, a tankless water heater is a very good, water efficient investment for any home. This is a much better use of space and energy, as it gets rid of the tank that is normally used to store gallons of water, heating it up for use. It also adds value to your property. Instead, this type of heating warms up the water directly in the plumbing, which saves both energy and water. In terms of bills, you can expect to save an average of $100 every year on utilities by introducing this type of water heating system.
Try Out Eco-Friendly Plumbing Fixtures
Plumbing can be environmentally friendly in two ways. One way is, it can be manufactured in such a way that it minimizes its own carbon footprint, such as with some plumbing fixtures that used recycled materials like glass. The other way is that plumbing can be environmentally friendly, is that it can be more efficient with water usage, like with the low-flow toilets that have come into more widespread use in recent years. Sometimes you get the best of both worlds, with a water efficient fixture that’s been created with recycled materials for the ultimate in water savings and low carbon emissions.