Living a healthier lifestyle is important for many individuals and families. Often the push to live healthy begins with changes in the home. There are a variety of ways to embrace a green way of living. Eco-friendly plumbing is one of those home improvement projects that can make a huge difference, both for health and your budget.
Green plumbing can reduce the energy costs of maintaining your home, make less of an impact on the environment around you. In some cases, it can protect the health of the residents of your home. Here is how green plumbing can help make your home a healthier place to live.
Green Plumbing for Your Health
Green plumbing offers cleaner water and conserves valuable resources. Your first step is to investigate your water supply. Take a sample from your tap and get it tested to see if any problems should be fixed.
Install chlorine filters on shower heads. A filter is particularly important if anyone in your family has a sensitivity to chlorine. Because chlorine is absorbed through the skin and the digestive system, reducing the amount of this chemical in your bathing water may be important.
If you’re concerned about the purity of your drinking water, consider installing activated carbon filters on your kitchen tap or a reverse osmosis system that can help purify the water you drink. Carbon filters absorb pollutants and reverse osmosis systems can be installed at sinks to offer purified water for drinking, cooking or brushing teeth.
Green Plumbing for the Environment
By installing low-flow showers and faucets, you can reduce your home water usage significantly. Using less water is not only great for the environment, but also for your bank account. Upgrading your toilets to low-flow toilets will also help your water usage. Flushing the toilet can use up to 28 gallons of water per person, per day. A low-flow toilet makes a noticeable difference in water usage. The reduction depends on your old toilet and the one you install.
Last, make sure your appliances are energy efficient. Older dishwashers or washing machines can waste water and energy. New, energy-efficient appliances can reduce your water consumption by half in some cases.
Whether it’s just a few things at a time, or a complete plumbing renovation, if you’re considering going green with your upcoming plumbing project, Meticulous Plumbing can help. We’ll recommend the best upgrades to make your home more green and recycle the fixtures and appliances we remove. Contact us at (503) 208-2812 today to learn more.