Eco-Friendly Remodeling Tips to Reduce Water Usage
Every year in March, people around the world celebrate World Water Day to bring attention to the importance of access to clean water. Many want to reduce water usage and commit to a more sustainable lifestyle, but for some, knowing how to make an impact on the sustainable management of water is a challenge.
The truth? Small changes can make a profound impact. For homeowners, creating a more sustainable lifestyle by reducing water usage is a great place to start.
Many homeowners are remodeling their homes instead of putting them on the market. Remodeling is an excellent opportunity to go green and positively impact the environment with sustainable upgrades. In honor of World Water Day, here are some eco-friendly remodeling tips to help reduce your own water use.
Hire A Professional
A professional will ensure the job gets done right and will save you time, money and potential stress from DIY projects. If you are tackling a bathroom remodel, hiring a local plumber is vital. Look for someone familiar with eco-friendly remodeling techniques, who can guarantee you will be reducing energy and water usage. Their knowledge of the industry will help your home remodel be as efficient and eco-friendly as possible. Share your goals with your plumber early so they understand what is most important to you and can recommend what is best for your project.
There are many smart home upgrades that can help you achieve your water conservation goals. While planning your home remodel, research high-efficiency, water-saving products like dual-flush toilets and touchless faucets, and figure out if these upgrades are within your budget. If they are, you’ll save as much as 50 percent on overall water use just by installing a touchless faucet. This is a great solution if you tend to leave the water running while brushing your teeth or shaving. Replacing outdated, inefficient bathroom faucets and toilets don’t just conserve water. They also look stylish and can help you nail those popular bathroom trends you’ve been obsessing over!
Heating water is the second largest expense in your home and accounts for 18 percent of your home’s energy use. Take a look at your current water heater to see if it needs replacing (most last about 10-15 years), and if it does, research units that best fit the needs of your home and family. If you have a large family, the hot water can often run out before you’ve had a chance to shower. If this sounds like your household, consider upgrading to a tankless water heater. Going tankless can save you as much as 40 percent on your energy bill since it provides hot water as needed. If you’re looking for a quick, alternative way to save energy and money, check the current temperature of your water. If it’s above 120 degrees F, safely lower the temperature.
Remodeling your home to improve efficiency doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice a beautiful design. By following even just one of the tips above, you can help reduce water usage and aid in sustainably managing the world’s precious water source. Before you tackle your next remodeling project, consider these energy-efficient tips and be happy knowing you contributed to making our planet healthier.