If you weren't aware, April 22nd is "Earth Day," which is a special day that recognizes the importance of the environment we all live in. We have responsibilities to ourselves, our family and our future to ensure that the world we live in now is one we can leave behind to future generations to enjoy.
Earth day is about the steps we can take to minimize our negative impact on the environment. If you're interested in doing your part, there are some things you can do with regards to your plumbing that can help you to save the environment and a few dollars as well.
Tankless Water Heater
A tankless water heater, as the name suggests, eliminates the need for a large tank in your home where the water is heated. Instead, you turn it on, and it begins to heat the water running directly through your tap. With a properly installed tankless water heater that takes into account your home needs, you may save up to $100 per year in utility bills.
Eco-Friendly Plumbing Fixtures
Water is a precious resource, but we use it every day, and sometimes in wasteful ways. Eco-friendly plumbing fixtures can help with water usage and environmental impact in a few ways.
- Some fixtures, like "low flow toilets" use less water, helping you to save on your utility bill in the process.
- Other fixtures have been made with sustainable techniques. This means they were made using materials and processes-like recycled glass, for example-that either reuse materials, or are constructed in ways that minimize the impact on the environment.
Water filters can protect you and your family. You have a lot of options for water filters, from retail products that attach to your tap, to more integrated systems that go into the plumbing of your home. Either way, the goal is the same, to provide a way of screening out harmful elements in the water that could hurt you and your health.
How You Can Contribute to Earth Day
Your carbon footprint is a way of measuring just how much carbon dioxide you directly or indirectly contribute to the atmosphere. Carbon dioxide is a "greenhouse gas" that contributes to the global warming phenomenon. By taking steps to reduce your own carbon dioxide generation, and choosing to use and buy products with a low carbon footprint, you're making a positive contribution. Keeping CO2 levels low is important for you, your family and your family's future.