Easy and Sustainable Ways to Conserve Water This Earth Month
With Earth Day 2021 now in the past, it's important to remember that working towards a healthier planet is something everyone should be doing every day, not just once a year. This Earth Month, some homeowners may be looking for ways to help conserve water and energy. A quick, easy, and sustainable way to do this is by changing out the plumbing fixtures within the home. Whether it’s pipes, toilets, or water heaters, there is always an eco-friendly option.
Make Sure the Pipes are Right
- Chlorinated polyvinyl chloride (CPVC): CPVC pipes are simply PVC pipes with added chlorine. It is the cheapest option for indoor pipes and incredibly flexible. CPVC will split if it freezes, so it may not be best for those who live in cold climates.
- Copper: This material is durable and corrosion-resistant, making it safe for drinking water. But, copper is the most expensive material for indoor pipes, so most homeowners choose a comparable, cheaper option.
- PEX: PEX pipe has most of the benefits of CPVC but is more resistant to extreme cold. Its most appealing feature is its flexibility. With little effort, it can wind through the home with no danger of warping or splitting.
Time For a New Toilet
In the United States, toilet flushing is the largest indoor use of water in a single-family home. But there are options to help homeowners eliminate unnecessary water usage.
- Dual-Flush Toilets: One of the more popular options for a more eco-friendly toilet is the dual-flush. These have options for solid waste or liquid waste only, meaning it only uses the water needed. These use about 20 percent less water than a standard toilet, but they can be very expensive and are not always worth the added initial cost.
- Tank Inserts: If completely replacing a toilet is not an option, a tank insert is a cheap way to save water for a time.
- Bidets: While most think of bidets as “high-end,” they are one of the best options for conserving water within the home. A bidet will typically use less than half a gallon of water with each use, which is preferable to the two gallons used by a standard toilet.
Alternative Options for Water Heaters
Conventional water heaters can waste a considerable amount of water. If saving water is a priority, many options can be beneficial for the homeowner and the planet.
- Tankless: Instead of running constantly, tankless water heaters only operate as needed. Homeowners should look for an Energy Star rating for the most energy-efficient models. The downside to tankless water heaters, of course, is that they can sometimes be expensive to install.
- Heat pump: This is one of the most cost-efficient options because it uses less energy month-to-month. They also require less maintenance, making them one of the most popular options. But they can only function correctly in temperatures between 40 and 90 degrees Fahrenheit. Therefore, they are not practical for those who live in extreme climates.
- Solar: Solar water heaters are a great option for anyone wanting to conserve water and energy. These have the lowest utility costs and are even eligible for a tax credit in some states. However, these can only be used in areas where sunlight is abundant and can be expensive to install.
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