The notion of going green to save some green is good for a lot of things. From the things we purchase to our everyday practices. The thing about going green is that there are multiple benefits aside from helping the environment, and protecting our health. Going green can actually help you save some green as well, even with your plumbing. So here are some eco-friendly plumbing tips!
Eco-friendly Drain Cleaning
Clogged drains are a nuisance. They are messy, inconvenient, and can elude to other plumbing problems. Many people are quick to reach for the liquid drain cleaner; it’s cheap, it’s handy, and instead of spending money to get to the root of the problem, some people just want to sweep it under the rug. The problem with liquid drain cleaner is that it is toxic. It’s dangerous to handle, it can eat away your plumbing pipes, it is bad for the environment, and it can mask a more serious plumbing problem. A simple clog can be cleared up with some elbow grease and the use of a plunger. Using a mixture of hot water, vinegar, and backing soda has also proven to be effective at not only unclogging minor clogs, but also deodorizing drains. If reoccurring clogs tend to be afflicting your plumbing, then you have a more serious problem. In which case, you should call a professional plumber. Professional drain cleaning is safer, more effective, and will end up costing less in the long run.
Turn Down the Heat
When it comes to going green to save some green one of the easiest ways to make your home more efficient is to turn down the heat on your water heater. Most water heaters are set around 140
degrees or so, you can actually save quite a bit in operating costs by lowering the temperature to 120 degrees. You can also save some green by adjusting your thermostat on your HVAC. Try setting your heater at 60 degrees instead of 70 and during the summer vice versa. The increase or decrease in 10 degrees can make a huge difference in your energy consumption without sacrificing comfort.
Low Flow Aerators and Shower-heads
When going green to save some green with your plumbing one of the easiest things you can do is to install low flow aerators or shower-heads. Low flow aerators and shower-heads restrict the flow of water without sacrificing pressure. By installing low flow aerators and shower-heads you could reduce the amount of water you consume by 50% which can also reduce the amount of hot water you use, further decreasing your energy consumption. Most faucets have rivets inside for easy installation of low flow aerators. Installing low flow aerators is one of the most affordable ways to go green and save some green.
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