It’s so easy to assume that water will always be abundantly available at the tap, but there are no guarantees that it will always be so. If you want to start conserving to protect this vital resource, these green plumbing tips will help you achieve water savings.
- Fix the drips. Dripping faucets are responsible for millions of gallons of wasted water in the U.S. each year. Some of that water may have been heated, which raises your energy bills, as well.
- Phase out old faucets. Installing new WaterSense faucets and showerheads will save a good deal of water. Look for the WaterSense — a U.S. EPA operated program similar to Energy Star — labels on new plumbing products.
- Size up the loads. Select the right load size when washing clothes. Some new dishwashers have load size selectors, as well. If your washer or dishwasher doesn’t have this sensor, only wash full loads to save water.
- Switch to water-efficient irrigation. Look for drip irrigation systems or bubblers that keep the water as close to the soil as possible to prevent evaporation losses. Rain barrels are another way to save water by capturing the rainfall that runs off your roof.
Gray water systems use wastewater from your home, but if you go this route to practice green plumbing, you’ll have to switch to special soaps and detergents. Chemicals in most soap harm plants and the soil.
- Use the broom. Instead of hosing down the patio, driveway and sidewalks, use a broom instead.
- Go to the carwash. Unless you wash your vehicles using a bucket and not the hose, take it to the carwash. Many of them recycle the water they use. Even if they don’t, their methods are far more water efficient than using a hose at home.
Choosing to practice green plumbing habits saves water and lowers your monthly bills.