It ain’t easy being green, lamented Kermit the Frog. But that was 1970. These days it is far easier to act green.
The smallest change can make the biggest difference, especially at home. Here’s a few ideas to get you started;
- Proper insulation of your pipes can mean reduced energy costs, but also better delivery of hot water throughout your home.
- Check for leaks. A dripping faucet or shower head might be easy to identify, but other leaks are not so obvious. A single leaky toilet can waste thousands of litres per year.
- Install a solar water heater system. Although initially costing more than a traditional system to install, the long term savings speak for themselves. On average, if you install a solar water heater, your water heating bills should drop 50%–80%. Also, because the sun is free, you’re protected from future fuel shortages and price hikes. It’s not like we are short of sunshine in this part of the world!
- Install a rainwater system. Devising solutions to naturally collect free resources, and reuse where possible to reduce wastage. Rainwater systems typically collect rainwater from a house roof and store it in a tank for future use. That use could range from garden irrigation to toilet flushing and clothes washing. To further this, Greywater reuse systems, by contrast, take wastewater from baths, showers and hand basins and, in some cases, from laundries, and store it in a smaller tank. Although, greywater use (after filtration) is usually limited to irrigation or toilet flushing
- Low Flow Taps are an increasingly popular solution. They reduce excess usage by mixing the water with air, giving the impression of a stronger pressure, whilst actually using less water. Normal taps account for 15 to 18 litres per minute, while a low-flow model can use as little as 2 litres per minute, or a third of a standard tap.
- Install filters on your existing taps. Asides from the economic savings, they are super beneficial to your health too! Canberra has the highest levels of chlorine added to the water supply in the whole of Australia. Whilst the chlorine makes the water safe from bacteria, it’s not the tastiest or the most pleasant to shower in. Installing filters on to your existing taps and shower will give you peace of mind and help protect our natural resources.
Green plumbing is about working smart and there are several easy to install options that help with energy efficiency and conservation. We are experts in green plumbing and efficiency and would be happy to help with any questions you may have.
When was the last time you had a health inspection for your plumbing?
As you look around your home and wonder what you can do to make it more efficient, why not give us a call for a free no obligation quote.