Is Our Environment Going Down the Drain? Not if the Plumbing Industry Can Help It!

Everyone is trying to be greener and more environmentally responsible these days. That’s definitely a good thing for our earth and future generations. The plumbing industry is no exception. If you’re not familiar with some of the following plumbing products, this post will help you discover and hopefully install some of these items in your home:

Tankless Water Heaters

Tankless water heaters are becoming very popular. Instead of keeping a large amount of water heated and ready for use at all times, the tankless models heat water on demand. Probably the biggest advantage is that you never run out of hot water. And because the device isn’t keeping water warm 24 hours a day, tankless water heaters are much more energy efficient. In addition, tankless water heaters send less CO2 into the atmosphere and result in less landfill usage because they are smaller in size (a little larger than a briefcase).

Low Flow Toilets

Take, for example, low flow toilets. Traditional toilets use six gallons of water per flush (GPF). In the mid 1990s, water conservation laws made it mandatory that toilets use 1.6 (GPF). While the first models were water efficient, their performance lacked a little. Sometimes the amount of water wasn’t enough to clean the bowl. Manufacturers made improvements in the design and today’s low flow or high efficiency toilets work great and conserve water. There’s even a dual-flush design that allows you to choose one flush for liquids and a different flush for solid waste.

Water Conserving Faucets & Showerheads

These are some of the bigger items that are making it easier to be environmentally responsible, but there are smaller items as well. Water saving faucets and showerheads conserve water without sacrificing flow. Touchless faucets are becoming popular for home use as well, and not only do they conserve water, but they turn off automatically when not in use so there is no way kids can accidentally leave the faucet running when they leave the bathroom.

When purchasing plumbing products for your home, look for the WaterSense label. WaterSense products are backed by independent third party certification and meet the EPA’s specifications for water efficiency and performance. These high efficiency products provide the same performance and quality you’ve come to expect, but with the added benefit of water savings. So, when you use WaterSense labeled products, you can be sure you’ll be saving water without sacrificing function. All of these green products not only save water, but ultimately save homeowners on energy and water bills to boot. It’s definitely getting easier to be green! Call Home Comfort Experts and ask us about our green plumbing products when you need plumbing repairs, replacement or installation in Fort Wayne, South Bend, Laporte or anywhere in between. Together we can save the world.

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