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How to Bring the Green Revolution to your Plumbing Fixtures

Eco friendly plumbers across America raise the public's awareness to green plumbing. Maximizing energy efficiency and water conservation, green plumbing is valuable both to our environment and your wallet. Reducing energy and water wastage, green plumbing fixtures can cut the costs of residential utility bills in half.

Follow Plumber Washington DC tips to bring the green revolution into your home's plumbing fixtures:

Less baths, more showers:
When showering we use less than 10 gallons of water whereas through bathing we spend up to 25 gallons of water.

Low Flow Showers & Toilets:
Replacing standard shower heads with low flow ones can reduce water and energy consumption during showering by as much as 50%. Low flow shower heads are inexpensive and easy to install. Position a 2qt. saucepan under the shower's water flow and count the seconds it takes to fill the pan. Less than 12 seconds indicate the need for low flow.

Switching 3.5 gallon toilets to 1.6 or 1.28 gallon low flow toilets will do wonders to your water savings. Although by law toilets sold in the U.S. use 1.6 gallons of water or less to flush waste, the 3.5 gallon toilets still prevail in old homes and waste in comparison to low flow models a whopping 14,000 gallons of water annually for a family of four.

Faucet Aerators:
Inexpensive and easy to install faucet aerators split water flow into small streams so you can still wash adequately while using much less water. Look at your faucet type aerator to see its gallons per minute (GPM) indication. A higher value than the required 2.75 GPM should send you straight to the shops to get low flow aerator of less than 2.75 GPM.

Water Heaters:
Conventional tank water heaters have a 7 year old life span during which they waste gallons of water and energy. Tanked water heaters make us run the shower on while we wait for the cold water flow turn hot. Statistics show that a family can waste more than 10,000 gallons of water down the drain just by waiting for the hot water. If your tanked water heater is within the range of his lifespan than the insulation of the hot water storage tank and pipes will increase its energy efficiency. Consider replacing faulty tanked water heaters of more than seven years with demand water heaters that come without the traditional water tank. Devoid of a tank which you pay to keep full of hot water a demand unit supplies you with hot water instantly. Homes using up to 41 gallons of hot water daily can benefit from demand boilers which are up to 34% more energy efficient than conventional units.

Leak Plumbing Repairs:
Small scale leaks can waste 27 hundred gallons of water annually. In light of this fact although not all leaks pose a plumbing emergency - for the sake of water conservation fix all leaks that you encounter in your home within the minimum time frame. Don't let water flow freely until the plumber arrives on scene, instead while you wait turn off the shut off valve to stop the water supply to the leaky fixture.

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