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What are my plumbing options for a green home?

Prime your home for progress by upgrading to these eco-friendly fixtures and appliances. Choosing energy-efficient systems can help lower your energy and water bills significantly. These products are easy to install, and with a little research you can find the best options for your home.

  1. Low-Flush Toilets: Most toilets built before the early 1990s use upwards of 5 to 7 gallons of water per flush, but low-flush toilets just use up to 1.6 gallons of water. If your toilets are from the mid-1990s or earlier, you might want to replace them to save more water per flush.

  2. Low-Flow Showerheads: Replace your standard showerhead, which typically uses 4.5 gallons per minute, with a low-flow model that only uses 2.5 gallons per minute. Modern low-flow showerheads are so well engineered you won’t realize you are using less water.

  3. Faucet Aerators: Faucet aerators prevent splashing while increasing water pressure, ultimately reducing water waste.

  4. Tankless water heaters: These heaters only heat water while it is being used, which can lower energy costs and water consumption.

  5. Greywater Systems: Greywater is water that has been used from certain appliances and is filtered and stored for reuse. These installations make it easy for households to recycle water.

These options are all great steps toward green plumbing. Green plumbing systems are an investment that will pay off for years to come. There are also many other things you can do to save water and energy at home.

  • Choose showers over baths to use less water.

  • Frequently check your plumbing systems for leaks.

  • Switch to house plants that use less water.

  • Shut off water while brushing your teeth or shaving.

  • Utilize the energy-efficient settings on all your current appliances.

Taking these steps towards conservation is easy. If you need help installing green plumbing systems, consult an expert. Roto-Rooter is always available—simply call 1-800-768-6911.

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