2020 is a big year for sustainability, especially in Madison. More and more people are requesting we go green with our fixtures and upgrades. If you’re thinking about making some changes and being more environmentally friendly with your choices, here are some sustainable plumbing options that can make a huge difference in your home.
Think about investing in a tankless water heating system
Tankless water heaters are becoming a new movement when it comes to household sustainability. Whereas your old water heater will constantly heat water you don’t use throughout the day, a tankless system will only heat water when you need it to. This means you’re saving on both your emissions and your bills. A quick tip: tankless water heaters are also known to last for decades and to provide endless hot water.
Replacing your old tank
Did you know that an old boiler in the basement that heats oil can be one of the worst polluters in your home? This is because heating oil isn’t very efficient. But you can replace your existing unit with a natural gas or electric boiler, which can really help make your home green.
Fun fact: electricity that’s used to treat water accounts for 35% of U.S. greenhouse gas emissions annually. That’s right, clean water is a large source of household carbon usage. But don’t worry, switching your fixtures to low-flow ones can save hundreds of gallons of water per month and can help you keep your own personal contribution down. From toilets to faucets, there’s a low-flow option for so many fixtures in your home.
Check and Repair Leaks
If you don’t currently have the budget for brand new fixtures, another way to become more energy efficient in your home is to simply check your faucets, toilets, and pipes for moisture, dripping, or general leaks. This can help you decide which fixtures need a simple fix like a sealant and which ones you should prioritize replacing.
Solar Water Heater
A final option is to use solar panels to heat your water in place of the traditional systems. In the past 5 years, solar energy usage has quintupled, which means cells are now cheaper and more efficient so you can use fewer of them. The benefits of this option are the energy source (the sun) is free, they can be used in any climate, and you can also save money via tax credits.
If you’re thinking about making some changes and want a more personal assessment on your home, we’re here to help! Give us a call, or send us a message today to receive a free in-home consultation.