"Green" Plumbing Tips

Go Green!                                                                            


Look for EPA Water Sense labeled products that use at least 20% less water than do regular products.

Make your plumbing more environmentally friendly
save yourself money!

Fixing a leaky faucet can save 20 gallons of water per day!  Or, invest in a new faucet with low-flow water aerators. These are the small devices that have a screen in them and are mounted to the end of your faucet.  Low-flow aerators may be purchased separately for some types and brands of faucets. A typical low-flow aerator can save up to 30% of the water used by a regular aerator - some 1.5 gallons per minute (GPM) as compared to 2.2 GPM with a conventional aerator.  When buying a new faucet, look for the EPA WaterSense® label so you know the faucet is independently certified to perform and save water.

Consider a water filtration system mounted to your faucet, or a free-standing system.  One unit can annually purify enough water to fill up to 3,200 plastic water bottles.  This will help reduce the number of bottles that are tossed out each year (which globally totals 38 billion annually)!   Reducing your use of plastic water bottles will also reduce our national dependency upon crude oil:  Since a crude oil by-product is used in the manufacture of  plastic water bottles, some 17 million barrels of oil are used each year to meet Americans' demands for these bottles!

Invest in the environment, and replace your old toilets.  With the savings on your water bills, a high-efficiency, low-consumption toilet will soon pay for itself.  They use only 1.28 gallons per flush (GPF), as compared to older models, which consume 1.6 GPF, and account for an average of 1/4 of the water we use in our homes. Look for the WaterSense® label so you know your new toilet is independently certified to perform and save water.


Don't flush your money down the drain! 

Challenge: If your toilet is from 1992 or earlier, you probably have an inefficient model that uses between 3.5 to 7.0 GPF. 

Solution:  New and improved high-efficiency models use less than 1.3 GPF.  That's at least 60% less than their older, less efficient counterparts.  Retrofitting your house with high-efficiency toilets can save a family of four roughly $1,000 over the next four years without compromising performance.  Source:  www.epa.gov/watersense/water/simple.htm

Take a shorter shower! 
Even a reduction of a minute or two will save some 700 gallons per month.  Combine that with an eco-efficient shower head to save 500-800 gallons per month.  Some of these shower heads will conserve 20% of the water used in a typical shower, as they are designed with a flow of 2.0 gallons per minute (gpm).  This compares to a standard shower head, which disperses 2.5 gpm.

Consider installing tankless water heaters to minimize energy costs in your home or business.  They are approximately 1/3 the size of a traditional water heater.  They only heat water when needed, saving energy.  Per the U.S. Department of Energy, the average annual operating cost is only $167 per year.  Customers installing tankless water heaters in their homes or businesses may be eligible to receive a tax credit of up to $300.

Run only full loads in your washing machine or dishwasher to save 300-800 gallons of water per month.

Use a broom instead of a hose to clean your sidewalks and driveways.  You'll save about 150 gallons of water each time you do this.  For each weekly cleaning, that's 600 gallons saved per month!

Don't use your toilets as ashtrays or wastebaskets.  This will conserve 400-600 gallons each month.

Capture your tap water while waiting for hot water to flow through the pipes.  Catch the water in a watering can for your plants or garden.  You'll save 200-300 gallons every month.

Some eco-friendly cleaning alternatives:

Clogged drain opener:  Pour one cup baking soda down the drain followed by one cup vinegar.  Cover the drain tightly for one minute, then flush with one gallon boiling water. 

Toilet bowl and bathtub cleaner:  Stir 1/2-cup borax acid into one gallon of water. We recommend you wear gloves.   Keep borax acid out of the reach of children.
Source:  Georgia Aquarium


These products will help make your home or business
a more eco-friendly place:

Look for the EPA WaterSense® label when shopping for new products.  WaterSense® labeled items are about 20% more water-efficient than than average products/fixtures in that category.  Learn more about the WaterSense® partnership program with the EPA by visiting www.epa.gov/watersense/  You'll find a wealth of information on ways to save water and protect the environment.
Delta Lahara Faucet #4538

 Faucets from the Delta
Lahara collection
(#4538 shown at left) are made with integrated water-efficient aerators. 
Proud to carry the WaterSense® label, these faucets provide a water
delivery solution that maximizes saving water, without compromising
on the product's convenience, beauty or durability.  See
Delta for kitchen
faucets, bath faucets, showers and custom jetted showers.

TOTO® Eco Ultra Max one-piece toilet 
TOTO Eco Ultra Max One-Piece Toilet
(shown at right)
with a 1.28 GPF system is about 20% more water efficient than a standard
1.6 GPF toilet.

This Kohler MasterShower® Ecofficient® shower head (shown at left)
disperses 2.0 GPM as compared to a conventional shower head, which
emits 2.5 GPM - a 20% reduction in water consumption.

Kohler Persuade Toilet
Kohler® Persuade™ toilet (shown at left) with dual-flush technology includes 1.6 GPF and also an eco-friendly 0.8 GPF option.  The Persuade™ toilet can save as much as 6,000 gallons water annually over a traditional 1.6-gallon toilet. 

Moen Muirfield Faucet
This Moen Muirfield faucet (shown at right) has a 1.5 GPM aerator as compared to a standard aerator of 2.2 GPM.  It will save approximately 30% of the water that a typical faucet uses.  When you run your hand under the faucet, it is hard to feel any difference!



                                                                                   RTG-53X tankless water heater courtesy of Rheem         

For more ways to conserve water, visit the EPA's WaterSense® website You'll find many useful tips to save on your water bills - and protect our environment!    

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