10 Tips for Greener Plumbing

As the world increasingly works towards a greener planet, new and innovative plumbing technology arises. Being green has never been easier and with professional help, you can make sure that your plumbing is environmentally safe. Of course, practicing eco-friendly methods in your home is a proficient way to avoid wasting money and water. When you are cautious of your plumbing and usage, you can assure a greener lifestyle.

1. Purchase low flow plumbing options

Nowadays, low flow toilets, faucets, and other similar products are extensively obtainable and cheap. Most professional plumbers will be knowledgeable of the best options if you prefer to get an opinion before making a purchase. Low-flow fixtures can provide you with significant savings on their water bill and be offer a sustainable and eco-friendly measure

2. Upgrade your water heater

Older water heaters tend to be less efficient than newer models. If your water heater is more than 10 years old, you might be wasting a lot of energy to keep your water warm. Almost every new boiler manufactured today is a condensing boiler. This means that it is able to utilise a lot more of the heat energy that the boiler produces compared to non-condensing alternatives. Condensing boilers are therefore considered a lot more efficient than older boiler models. By having a more efficient boiler in your home, you can reduce your energy bills in the long run. This is because a more efficient boiler operates better than your current and possibly older boiler. Therefore, saving you money long-term on your energy bills. 

3. Look at alternatives to your water heater

It can be an expensive business, upgrading or replacing a gas boiler. Given the volatile nature of energy prices and the current push for eco-friendly living, looking at the alternatives to gas boilers is a pretty smart idea if you are looking for greener plumbing ideas. Not only will you reduce the risk of carbon monoxide building up in your home, but you’ll also be future-proofing and adding value to your house.

GME Group believes that using modern green energy solutions such as ground source heating, air source heating or solar heating systems is the most environmentally friendly way of delivering your energy needs for the future with regards to the home, businesses, industry and public sector.

4. Always hire a professional plumber

Always hire a professional plumber, like GME Group limited, for any leaks, clogs, or plumbing issues you face. Trying to fix a plumbing issue on your own will often lead to worse damage and more expenses. Plumbers, like our experience engineers, will have the experience and tools to properly conduct any correction necessary.

5. Avoid overly hot water

Turn down your water heater. The excessive use of the heater will raise your bill and the energy being exerted. As a note, you should ideally set the temperature of the water between 60 and 65 degrees Celsius.

6. Protect outdoor water valves

Turn of the valve leading to your garden hose and look into other ways to avoid frozen pipes. Pipes can easily burst or become completely useless when they freeze. If you intend on leaving your home for a holiday or for a longer period of time, turn the water off for the entire home.

7. Avoid getting things in your drains

Food, oil, fat, hair, and other similar items will easily clog a drain. Clogged drains can lead to extensive damage if it is not tended to by an experienced plumber who knows what they’re doing. Drain clogs are one of the top reasons that homeowners have to call in a professional plumber.

8. Keep up with maintenance

Taking precautionary measures regularly can greatly increase your plumbing system’s life. Performing a routine check annually will save you a lot of money and time in the future. Hire a professional plumber to identify developing problems and plumbing issues so you can tackle them beforehand to prevent any unnecessary wastage of water of other issues.

9. Use Energy Star appliances

Energy Star ratings let you know just how much energy appliances like washing machines and dishwashers use. Appliances marked with an Energy Star rating are usually more energy-efficient than non-Energy Star appliances and will save you lots of money on your water and energy bills.

10. Get yourself a water filter

A Brita or other water filter replaces the need to buy fresh bottled water. It filters your tap water and can make it just as fresh as any bought bottled water. Also, keep a reusable water bottle in the fridge to fill up—the last thing you want to do is throw away all kinds of empty plastic bottles.

As long as you heed to all of the advice given above, you can maintain greener plumbing in your home. Not only should you purchase reputable eco-friendly faucets, toilets, and other plumbing accessories, but you should practice methods that protect you from wasting water and money. One of the biggest issues with the environment is overly excessive waste of water.

Always check your plumbing for leaks and damage. When you notice anything out of the norm, contact a plumber immediately. While you might think that you can handle the fix on your own, calling a plumber is always the wiser decision. They will get the job done right and assure the quality of the new accessories or materials used during the task.

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