Homeowners have always taken into consideration the cost of owning, maintaining, and upgrading their most precious investment. But in this millennium there’s another concern not far from every homeowner’s mind: Are you using resources efficiently and effectively? How can you reduce usage? And are the energy and water savings you will gain sufficient to offset the cost of upgrading to more environmentally-conscious fixtures and methods?
The good news is that eco-friendly plumbing isn’t just good for the environment, it’s good for your wallet, too. Check out the savings you’ll reap every year, year after year.
Flushing Dollars Down The Drain
Consider the new toilets that have a dual flushing mechanism, one for solid and a second for liquid waste. Used as instructed, this small upgrade may save you 50% off your toilet water usage, cutting your household water usage overall by 15%. Depending on your municipal water rates, that can save you $50 to $270 per year.
Savvy Sprinkler Systems
Outdoor use of water, like watering a lawn, accounts for about 30% of water use in the United States. Automated sprinkler systems that run at night or have a WaterSense irrigation controller that can detect moisture levels keep your lawn green in an environmentally effective way. Drip irrigation systems are the most eco-friendly. These use 20% to 50% less water than a standard sprinkler system and can save a homeowner 6% to 15% on their annual water bill.