Green Plumbing Tips for St. Patrick’s Day

3 Simple Ways to Go Green for St. Patrick’s Day and Save Water and Money

St. Patrick’s Day is this month, and what better way to get into the spirit of green than with a few eco-friendly plumbing tips! Whether outfitting the entire home with water-saving plumbing fixtures or just changing a few bad habits, following these simple tips can make a big difference when it comes to saving money on water costs — not to mention helping Mother Nature in the process. Read on for tips for making St. Patrick’s day greener this year!

Use Water-Efficient Fixtures

showerInvesting in water-saving plumbing fixtures can be a great way to go green. Water-saving fixtures look no different than traditional ones, but they use significantly less water for the same tasks, lowering monthly water bills and saving homeowners money. 

Examples of water-saving plumbing fixtures are low-flow showerheads and faucets. Low-flow plumbing fixtures are designed to reduce water use and save on water bills while still keeping good water pressure. Another example of a water-saving plumbing fixture is low-flow toilets like the dual flush toilet. Dual flush toilets feature two different flushes: one for solid waste and one for liquid waste. The amount of water used during each flush can be adjusted, resulting in significant water savings. Households can use at least 20% less water by installing water-efficient fixtures and appliances.

Helpful Habits

Conserving water does not have to be complicated. Certain everyday habits can be adjusted to reduce overall water usage and save on water bills. For example, remembering to turn off the water while brushing teeth and shaving are easy ways to save water. Eight gallons of water can be saved daily by turning off the faucet when brushing teeth, and ten gallons can be saved per shave. Other easy ways to minimize water usage include only using the dishwasher and washing machine once they are full. 

Plumbing maintenance and inspections are also important habits that protect against wasting water by catching leaks. According to the EPA, a dripping faucet that leaks at one drip per second can waste over 3,000 gallons of water a year. To prevent leaks from spiking water bills, it’s crucial to catch them early.   

Prevent Toilet Clogs

toilet People should be mindful of what they flush to reduce toilet clogs and ocean pollution. This includes only flushing toilet paper and human waste. Additionally, avoid dumping any inorganic materials down the toilet, as these can cause serious damage to the environment. When inorganic materials are flushed, they can end up polluting the ocean. Inorganic substances like feminine hygiene products, wipes, paper towels, non-degradable diapers, and dental floss can damage marine habitats and ecosystems.

Not only do these materials threaten the health of marine life, but they can also clog plumbing systems and waste a lot of water, raising the water bill. A single toilet flush uses up to 7 gallons of water, and if a toilet is clogged, water will continue to run until the clog is cleared. If a toilet continues to be blocked over an extended period, it can waste a large amount of water and significantly increase monthly water bills, so it’s best to prevent them.

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