3 Green Habits to Prevent St. Patrick's Day Pinching
St. Patrick's Day is all about the color green. Traditionally, the consequence of not wearing green on St. Patrick's Day has been getting pinched. But, the color green has come to represent more than a festive spring holiday. Green now stands for environmental responsibility, and the consequences of not partaking can be dire.
Homeowners consistently make choices to green up their homes to become more energy-efficient. The plumbing in a home represents a huge opportunity to make eco-friendly and cost-saving changes. Here are some tips from local plumbers about going green and saving some "green."
Install Eco-Friendly Appliances
It's not every day that a homeowner replaces appliances, but one should select energy-efficient models as soon as the opportunity arises. Eco-friendly appliances will be good for the environment, but they also save money on operating costs. Three good places to start are:
- Washing Machines: High-efficiency washing machines use about 30% less water than conventional washing machines. They also use soap more effectively which means less pollution in waterways once the wash is done.
- Dishwashers: Energy Star rated dishwashers can use as little as 3 gallons of water per cycle. This is 70% less water than traditional dishwashers.
- Water Heaters: Water heaters won't save water, but the unit's energy efficiency rating can be more eco-friendly. The higher the efficiency rating, the lower the carbon footprint will be, and consequently the more money the homeowner will save.
Green Plumbing Habits
Eco-friendly appliances can be costly to purchase and install, so it may take some time before that is within the budget. Luckily, homeowners can do some free and cheap habits to make their plumbing more eco-friendly. Try things like:
- Install low-flow faucets and showerheads
- Repair leaks promptly
- Wait until loads are full before washing dishes and clothes
- Take showers instead of baths
- Don't allow water to run unnecessarily while shaving, brushing teeth, or bathing
- Water lawns in the morning and install rain sensors on irrigation systems
Be Careful of What Goes Down the Drain and Toilet
A great place to start is keeping inorganic materials out of the toilets. Most sewer clogs result from wipes or hygiene products that aren't intended to be flushed. By discarding these items in the garbage, they stay out of pipes and out of water treatment facilities and the waterways they dump into.
Another cost-saving and eco-friendly thing to do when it comes to drains is to discard food waste in the trash. Grease and food scraps clog plumbing in a home and are also difficult for the environment to deal with. As food waste breaks down, it ruins the delicate balance of marine ecosystems and can cause stress to aquatic life.
About Master Plumbing, Heating & Cooling
Master Plumbing, Heating & Cooling is a locally-owned business serving the community since 1986. They offer same-day service, upfront pricing, and a 100% satisfaction guarantee. They are also available for emergency response 24/7. Call today for service in Cedar Rapids, IA.