Every home can benefit from some environmentally friendly updates to the plumbing system. Here are some simple ideas to maximize the efficiency of the plumbing system in your Orlando, Florida, home:
Use Low Flow Water Fixtures
One of the easiest things you can do over a weekend is replace your shower heads and faucets with low flow products. As a result, you’ll restrict the amount of water wasted during use.
Products these days maximize water pressure while minimizing splash and other wasteful practices. Changing the toilets to low flow often requires the help of an expert. It’s an easy way to reduce your water consumption and imprint on the environment.
Think About Your Home’s Pipes
The manufacturing process between metal and PVC or other plastic pipes is important to consider. All have their pros and cons.
Metal pipes, for example, typically last longer than plastic. However, they take significant resources to manufacture and are more prone to corrosion. PVC, on the other hand, takes longer to disintegrate once you dispose it. It’s currently not economically recycled. Other plastics such as polyethylene and polypropylene are easier to recycle and have a lower imprint on the environment. Therefore, they’re worth a second look.
No matter the material of your pipes, wrapping foam tubes around them is another way to save energy and reduce heat loss. The same goes for leaky pipes that may be dripping dollars away.
Install a Tankless Water Heater
Water heaters are often one of the main sources of water and energy consumption in a home. Traditional heaters require a tank that constantly stays hot and ready for your needs. Tankless water heaters consume less energy and work on an as-needed basis. There are models that use gas or electricity, giving you the flexibility your home needs.
It’s always a good idea to consult with an expert to fully assess the possibilities for additional efficiency inside your Orlando home. You can call Benjamin Franklin Plumbing® of Orlando today at (407) 584-1042 for a consultation.