As each year goes by, people are becoming ever more environmentally conscious. And our industry is not immune to this, with eco-friendly plumbing becoming ever more popular.
Customers are asking more questions about ways they can make their water consumption more environmentally friendly. This is a trend that will likely ever increase as people look for a way to play their part in combatting climate change.
So that leaves plumbers in an unenviable situation of adapting processes to fit the new needs of their customers. Tradesmen will need to be clued up on eco-friendly plumbing systems to compete for the new wave of consumer interest.
In this post we are going to arm you with the facts, ensuring you are clued up on the new 21st century trend in the plumbing industry.
What Is Green Plumbing?
Before we delve into answering the how’s, we must first define what environmentally friendly plumbing actually is. Simply put, it refers to modifying your plumbing and fittings to ensure they have a better impact on the planet.
This can include a number of things, such as saving on water consumption, better conserving energy in the home or even being more conscious of what is put down the drain.
Eco- friendly plumbing solutions can help the homeowner become more sustainable on their own. It is likely that you have already made steps in that direction by introducing eco lights into the home, or ensuring that you recycle more.
Hence why green plumbing is an ever emerging trend for homeowners to have a more sustainable way of life.
How Can I Make My Plumbing Green?
When looking to make your home plumbing more eco-friendly, there are several factors that need to be considered. We have grouped them into 3 categories as follows:
As with any kind of revolutionary change it is always important to look from within. Putting the philosophical jargon aside, that means analysing the plumbing inside your home to deem whether it is suitable for the task of cutting down your home’s carbon footprint.
Your main weapons of green implementation inside your home revolve around minimising heat loss and water wastage. Check that your pipes are all the correct size and that they are made from the most appropriate materials.
Steel pipes are particularly adept to a green household due to their heat retention properties, something you will be very thankful for in the cold winter months.
We understand that this is not always the most appropriate solution for some households. On occasions where this is the case, consider insulating the pipes as an alternative. This will help to keep the pipes from freezing whilst also keep heat from escaping.
By ensuring your home is well insulated, it keeps down your bills and drives down the carbon footprint of your home.
Making changes to your outdoor plumbing is also essential to converting your home through eco friendly plumbing solutions.
Your outdoor taps and water consumption habits can require just as much water as the inside of your home. Especially if you have a garden to maintain.
Drip water systems and water butts can be the best answer to helping you get better control of the amount of water that you consume when watering your lawn or even washing the car. They work by catching rainwater and storing it for use later on.
When you then go to do the gardening or wash the car, you can use the rainwater collected and save you from having to rely on a plumbed water source for your chores. Trust us, this is an economical and environmentally friendly way of making your house that little more self sustainable!
Now we get to the perhaps more costly part of the job. Replacing items around the house for greener and more sustainable alternatives!
Look at your toilets, sinks and even shower-heads and think “could they function more efficiently?“
More and more toilets are being built with efficient flush variances that conserve the water per flush. Installing a newer eco toilet could save you up to 0.4 of a gallon upon each flush. Now that may sound insignificant, but when you consider how many times the toilet is flushed in your household, it definitely adds up. Upon every 100 flushes you would be saving 40 gallons of water.
Both faucets and showers can also have a built in capability that aids in reducing your water consumption. These will usually regulate the water flow which will lead to you using less water over time.
These kinds of replacements can lead to a remarkable amount of water saved over the course of a year. You can then feel safe in the knowledge that you are contributing to creating a more eco friendly way of living!
Why Go Eco-Friendly?
The decision to go green is an ever more popular trend with UK homeowners. But why do it?
Over the past few years it has become increasingly obvious that we all need to do our part in helping to cut down carbon emissions where we can. And with your plumbing the main 2 ways to achieve this is to conserve both water and energy consumption.
Embracing this way of living will give yourself a sense of satisfaction. At Least you can know that your home is playing its part in helping to preserve the environment. Who knows, in a few years time, eco friendly plumbing methods may be industry standard or even required.
Installing such systems in your home will help to future proof your home for the long term!
As you can see, there are many ways to turn your home eco friendly through changes to your properties plumbing.
Hopefully we have shed some light on the issue through this post, informing you on what it is, along with the considerations that you can make to live a greener lifestyle through changes to your plumbing
Should you have any questions about installing any such fittings, and live in and around the Essex area, contact Into Plumbing and Heating.