The first things that come to mind when you think about environmentally friendly living are recycling and gardening. Would you believe it if you were told that plumbing can also be sustainable?
Sure, it’s not the first thing that pops into your mind when you think ‘world greening,’ but think of water and the cost of that as a utility. Your home plumbing, utilised for sustainable living, can have some enormous benefits. If you look at the broader picture, energy conservation and waste reduction are all part of sustainable plumbing practices. The end game is that the equipment already in your home, and adapted differently, can be used to reduce waste. The choice of pipes, low-toxic fixtures and equipment that are made locally (if possible) and ethically, all add to the growth of sustainability. You can also consider how plumbing has an overall impact on the environment.
Using Sustainable Plumbing on DIY
It’s not always the job of plumbing professionals to be environmentally conscious. There are some neat ‘green’ plumbing tricks you can use on your own DIY projects. Cleaning around the house doesn’t have to be a chemical party. Use vinegar, bi-carb and lemon for different cleaning jobs. Environmentally much safer and a heck of a lot cheaper too.
Environmental plumbing means being water-wise too. Rain water that usually runs down the drain can be diverted to your garden. Watering the garden in the cooler part of the day is another basic water-clever idea. Your dishwasher and washing machines should have the highest energy rating and lowest water usage. Every little bit helps.
You can go crazy with enviro-plumbing if you really wanted to as there are lots of small but effective changes you can do around the house. Start with leaky taps, then insulating your water pipes and follow up with mulching your garden to keep the soil damp for longer.
By using a certified environmental plumber, you can go all the way towards sustainability. What is an Environmental Certified Plumber? On top of the six years of training to be a qualified plumber and gasfitter, an enviro-plumber also has to do more training in sustainable plumbing practices and then agree to the Enviro-plumber Code of Practice.
Are they any different to the everyday plumber? You bet. Enviro-plumbers are up to date with sustainable practices such as rainwater tanks, solar hot water systems, and greywater plumbing. They are qualified to help you switch to greener living and work to your budget and lifestyle.
Is Your Plumber the Real Deal on Sustainability?
How will you know? If a plumbing service is advertising their business as a sustainable one, simply ask for proof that they have passed the EnviroPlumber Code of Practice. You might want to ask some pertinent questions:
It’s all about peace of mind making sure you have the right plumbing service doing the job.
What are your Sustainable Choices?
The internet today is a valuable resource for you to be able to do all the necessary research if you decide to have sustainable plumbing. What lifestyle, goals and budget do you wish to pursue? Once you have an idea, contact an enviro-plumber and get some idea of costs and strategies.
Sustainable plumbing and an environmentally green lifestyle is a life choice as well as saving you money in the long term. It’s your positive action to ensure you leave as small a carbon footprint as possible.