Like every other industry these days, plumbing is "going green." It only makes sense, given that the average household uses up to 400 gallons of water a day. In order to reduce your family's impact on the environment and reduce water consumption, here are three ways you can use green plumbing technology in your home.
Smart Sensors For Water Efficiency
Those automated faucets in many public restrooms are more than just the latest green gimmick, they're also a tremendously effective tool that helps you reduce water waste by limiting the amount of water that flows out. By using a combination of a low-flow faucet with a sensor built in, you can prevent up to 70% of the wasted water that goes down the drain when washing in the sink. Sensors that are set to run for a lather cycle of 20 seconds meet the recommended hand-washing procedures, and can save gallons of water every day.
Waste Removal Without Water
Low-flow toilets are old news in the green plumbing industry. If you really want to make an impact on reducing your water waste, opt for a waterless system. Waterless toilets and urinals offer you the ability to safely and cleanly dispose of bodily waste products without the need for water. Waterless toilets come in a variety of styles and types, including one that composts bodily waste matter into a form that can safely be used to fertilize your lawn or garden. A waterless urinal works much like the urinals in public restrooms, but with no flush feature. An incinerating toilet burns up solid waste into harmless ashes.
The waterless systems offer convenience at a small price. The waste eventually has to be emptied, though it won't remain in its original state. Compost or ashes need to be removed and disposed of every so often. The urinals send the liquid waste to a processing plant, just like a toilet, but the mechanism used to control odors needs to be changed after a certain number of uses. Still, these systems can save an enormous amount of water waste every year, if you are willing to use them.
Water Collection And Use
One of the simplest ways to reduce the amount of water you use is to collect water from available sources, usually rainwater, and use it for watering your garden, pouring down the toilet to flush waste away, or to keep on hand for use in fire suppression systems. This method obviously works best in areas with a large amount of rainfall, but it can be used anywhere that it rains in order to save water.
Whether you are looking for the latest high-tech ways to green your plumbing, or just want to use an old-fashioned rain barrel, every little bit helps. Talk to your plumber, one like Four Elements Plumbing, about making your plumbing more eco-friendly, and enjoy the benefits that it can bring.