In today’s world “going green” is not just for the environmentalists. There are many “green” practices that are not only good on the environment but will save you a good chunk of change as well. It’s all about efficiency in the market today and we are just now starting to realize the importance of conserving water and energy. These are a few tips from a Hawaii Construction Company that will help you turn your plumbing “green”, and not the color.
Getting a high efficiency toilet is important. If your toilet is from 1992 or earlier chances are it uses 3.5 to 7 GPF (gallons per flush). Replacing your toilet can reduce that number to less than 1.3 GPF which is a 60% decrease, without compromising performance. That said, more than a few modern toilets have the option to give a half flush or a full flush. This saves even more water and money.
Fix those leaky faucets. A single leaky faucet can waste as much as 20 gallons of water per day. If you are worried that you may have a leak anywhere in your plumbing, call a plumber to check it out. The cost to fix the issue will save you a lot of money in the long run and even more if you have multiple leaks.
Low flow shower heads and aerators for sinks are wonderful for limiting the water flow as well as saving you money. A shower in particular gushes water at an alarming rate. Reducing shower time is another way to ease the pain to the wallet. Even if you cut a single minute per shower you can save up to 700 gallons per month.
Many homes are built with essential pipes running through exterior walls, which is rather inefficient. In colder states this means that the water is being cooled before it comes out of the faucet or shower and therefor takes longer to heat up. Fixing this can be as easy as insulating your pipes or even eliminating the pipes through the exterior walls.
Tankless water heaters are becoming all the rage. A tankless water heater works great in a warmer climate. Unlike water tank heaters the tankless heat only the water that is needed at that moment rather than heating a large portion constantly whether it’s used to not. This saves you at least 40 to 50% on your energy costs. That’s some huge saving.
“Going Green” is the new thing in our society today. Some people still scoff at the idea which can be a mistake. “Going Green” is no longer just for the environmentalists. The money conscious and the practical are starting to realize the benefits of a simple lifestyle or appliance change. Hawaii is a great example of this as the building materials needed are light but are storm resistant. Not only do Hawaiian residents need to worry about storms and wind, but humidity and bugs can be a big problem that needs to be addressed and this can all be done with a Hawaii Home Builder with the right mindset.