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Take These Steps to Go Green

Go GreenOn April 22nd, the world will be celebrating Earth Day. Earth Day serves to acknowledge the importance of protecting the planet's varied ecosystems and the environment by spreading awareness and knowledge on the subject, helping people to move towards a more sustainable and eco-friendly way of living.

Protecting the Earth starts with small changes within communities, but more importantly, at home. The planet’s most precious resource – water – must be protected before a crisis begins.

There are a variety of efforts that families and individuals alike can make to decrease the overall amount of water used in daily life while maintaining a healthy and happy lifestyle. Take the following steps to go green, and do your part in saving the Earth.

Install Eco-Friendly Plumbing Fixtures

In modern days, there is an ever-expanding list of eco-friendly technologies being developed, including water-saving plumbing fixtures. These plumbing fixtures are designed to limit the consumption of water within a household, including:

  • Low-flush toilets
  • Dual-flush toilets
  • Low-flow showerheads
  • Automatic/timed faucets
  • Faucet Aerators

Invest in a Tankless Water Heater

A tankless water heater, also known as an instantaneous water heater, works to heat water on-demand, without Go greenthe necessity of storing and heating the water within a tank.

By eliminating the continuous filling and heating process that traditional heaters require, tankless water heaters are an energy-efficient alternative to heat a home’s water supply.

These units intake water through pipes, and heat it using either a gas burner or electrical element, before it is sent to the hot water output.

If your home runs large appliances simultaneously, such as a dishwasher or washing machine, consider investing in multiple tankless water heaters that can be installed at various hot water outputs in a home to ensure a consistent flow of hot water.

Reduce Your Overall Carbon Footprint

Go greenA carbon footprint is a measurement of environmental impact by a group or individual, measured in units of carbon.

Limiting water usage helps you and your family reduce your overall carbon footprint, by limiting the amount of energy needed to move and heat the water. Try cultivating better water-saving habits, such as:

  • Washing clothing only in cold water, to reduce the amount of hot water needed within a home.
  • Run the dishwasher only when completely full, or instead, wash dishes by hand using a small and controlled amount of water.
  • Replace furnace filters a couple of times a year, to help ensure that your furnace is running as energy-efficiently as possible.
  • Get Rid of Plastic Water Bottles by Using a Water Filtration System

Sadly, Americans buy more plastic water bottles than any other nation in the world. As a result, there are more than two million tons of water bottles that can take one thousand years to decompose sitting in landfills. Recycle your plastic water bottles once and for all by installing a water filtration system within your home.

These water filtration systems remove impurities from a home’s water supply, such as dirt, clay, silt, and other sediments. Ensure that your family has access to healthy drinking water straight from the tap by having a plumbing professional assist you in the installation process.

Contact William C Diamond Plumbing and Heating for professional plumbing service today!