Lowering your household’s water usage has a myriad of benefits, from lowering your monthly utility bills to helping to keep the greater Portland metro area green and lush. By making small changes to the utilities you use everyday with eco-friendly solutions, you can save yourself hundreds of dollars in water costs per year and do your part to conserve water.
Eco-friendly plumbing fixtures
Showerheads: By slowing your showerhead’s water pressure, you can expect to save hundreds of gallons of water per year. Rain-style showerheads (also known as rainheads) are a good switch to make as the waterflow covers a wider area of the shower with less water pressure.
Faucets: On average, faucets account for more than 15 percent of a household’s water usage. By switching to a restricted flow faucet, an average family can expect to save about 700 gallons per year. These faucets slow water pressure by about 30%, but that won’t make much of a difference while you’re brushing your teeth or washing your hands.
Toilets: Over the years, toilets have become more energy efficient, but there’s always room for improvement. If your toilet was installed before 1993, it likely uses nearly 2 gallons more of water per flush than modern fixtures. But before replacing that old toilet with a standard one, take a look at dual-flush toilets because they save the most water. Dual-flush toilets have two types of flushes: A weaker pressurized flush for liquid waste to save on water usage and a powerful flush for solid waste.
CIPP: Eco-friendly pipe repair
In the old days, sewer repair would take days or weeks to complete and force homeowners to have their driveways, lawns, sidewalks, floors or streets ripped up for days or even weeks. These intrusive methods would upend households as the structure’s entire plumbing system would be shut down.
On the other hand, cured-in-place piping is an eco-friendly solution that won’t cause major disruptions to the environment and the household. The greatest advantage of CIPP is that it’s essentially a no-dig operation, meaning through one or two small access holes, technicians can repair tears and breaks in the pipeline without the expensive hassle of destroying your front lawn.
CIPP is built with felt tubing usually made of fiberglass cloth or polyester that’s been saturated in resin. This liner forms a close bond to the original pipe and acts a shield against leaking, intrusive roots, normal wear-and-tear and other common forms of damage common to underground pipelines. This means a lower overall cost for homeowners as technicians require fewer hours of time and labor for pipe repairs. In fact, most CIPP jobs can be finished in one day.