Green Plumbing Tips for Birmingham Home Owners

Energy and natural resource conservation has gone way beyond a “nice thing to do” here in Birmingham and neighboring communities.Birmingham

People far and wide are engaging in green living practices to the point where they’ve become habits.  And great habits, at that.

At Eagle Service Company, we’re green living advocates with numerous ways to provide assistance, and often by simply offering up some friendly neighborhood advice.  So, from our house to yours, here are five highly effective green plumbing tips

1. Repair Leaky Faucets

An unattended leaky faucet can waste 20 gallons, and more, per day.  Fast action is the best response.  But what about those leaks that aren’t so easy to spot.  From time to time, remove everything from under your sink and check for damp areas on the cabinet floor and the wall behind it.  You can also check for leaking water around the base of your water heater and behind your refrigerator, especially if the latter has a built-in ice maker.

2.   Insulate Exposed Water Pipes
If you have water pipes inside un-insulated walls, crawl spaces, or your garage, insulating them allows water to heat up faster, which means less waste.

3.   Replace Your Water-Guzzling Older Toilet with a Low-Flush Model
Older toilets use 3-5 gallons per flush.  And while that was an improvement over their “Jurassic” predecessors that consumed about 7 gallons, it’s still far cry from today’s low-flush and dual-flush models.  Environmentally-conscious low flow toilets use just 1.6 gallons per flush, max.  That means an average family of four will reduce their water consumption by 22,000 gallons of four by replacing just one toilet with a low-flush model.  At the same time, you’ll cut your annual water bill by about $100. Birmingham-2

4.   Shower Heads and Faucets
Low-flow shower heads and faucets also go a long way to reducing water consumption without any significant loss of pressure.

5.   Tankless Water Heaters Tankless water heaters conserve both energy and water.  First, they heat up water only when you turn on a hot water faucet or appliance.  By contrast, your storage tank water heater works 24/7 to heat its contents so it’s ready when you are.  With its hot water “on demand” function, a tankless water heater also conserves water by providing hot water almost  instantly.

Contact Eagle Service Company today or any time for help in reducing your family’s water and energy consumption.  We have the experience and modern technology to make it happen.