Eco-Friendly Plumbing and Home Performance
Going Green with Eco-Friendly Plumbing
Homeowners who want to go green have many options when it comes to eco-friendly updates. There’s a lot of focus on energy-efficient lighting and green building materials, but it’s important to think about plumbing and home performance improvements too. Your plumbing and performance systems do a lot for your home, which means that there’s big potential to reduce your carbon footprint.
Environmentally Friendly Plumbing & Performance Systems
Water and energy use are two of the hottest topics in California today. Residents have been urged to conserve, but doing that isn’t always as easy as it sounds. Even the best efforts to save energy and water water can fall short when the systems that deliver and control it aren’t up to date. Green updates to performance and plumbing systems are effective because they address these shortcomings.
Evaluating Your Home’s Eco Profile
The first step in making eco-friendly plumbing and home performance updates to your property is to evaluate your current systems and their fixtures and appliances. A contractor experienced in green methods can assist with evaluation, but it’s helpful if you jot down notes about any plumbing or home performance concerns you’ve had. Common concerns include:
- Water leaks.
- Increases in utility bills.
- The need to run air conditioning all day to keep a home cool.
- Poor indoor air quality.
- Inadequate hot water supply or an inefficient water heater.
- Poor performance from plumbed appliances.
Updates for Your Plumbing System
Once you’ve looked at your plumbing’s eco profile, you can prioritize updates that will make it more efficient and environmentally friendly. Common updates include:
- Replacing old, inefficient water pipes.
- Choosing an on-demand hot water recirculation pump.
- Installing faucets and low-flow showerheads that conserve water.
- Using water-saving toilets.
- Opting for a shower instead of a bathtub.
- Installing a tankless or solar water heater.
- Insulating current pipes to minimize heat loss.
- Removing plumbing from outside walls and areas where it’s susceptible to heat loss.
Eco-Friendly Home Performance Updates
Technologies designed to increase the efficiency of your home’s comfort system can also help you create a healthier, greener environment and save money. Installing an energy-efficient heating and cooling system is a good first step, but it’s important that you choose powerful performance controls too. The right thermostat can improve efficiency, comfort and air quality.
Another great way to improve the performance of your home’s comfort system is to choose a whole-house fan. These fans help to move hot air and odors out of your home. They provide excellent ventilation and can decrease reliance on your HVAC system during the summer.
Of course, making the switch to eco-friendly plumbing and home performance systems does more than just reduce your bills and protect the environment. It also keeps your family safe and comfortable. Using the latest performance and plumbing technologies ensures that you have clean water and air, and that you can stay comfortable without breaking your budget too. At McDonald Plumbing, Heating and Air, we think that simply makes sense. If you want to talk about the eco-friendly potential of your home, contact us today.