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Some Ideas about Green Plumbing

In today’s age of decreasing water supplies, increasingly tough water restrictions in many areas of Memphis are forcing people to take a look at their water usage within the home. Even if your area doesn’t currently have water restrictions, water is a valuable commodity that shouldn’t be wasted. By taking a look at your existing plumbing and seeing where you can improve, you can save water, money and the environment.

Why Go Green?

There are many advantages to green plumbing – the main ones being that it saves water and money. Green plumbing can encompass:

  • rain water harvesting

  • toilets and washing machines that use rainwater

  • grey water treatment systems

  • sewage treatment systems and septic tanks

  • water saving devices such as pressure reducing valves and 6/3 dual flush toilet systems

  • solar hot water

If you choose to use green plumbing components within your Memphis area home, then you may get rebates from your state or federal government. You will also reduce your water and energy bills and may even improve the resale value of your home.

By taking advantage of green plumbing systems such as water heaters, you will also free yourself from the tough water restrictions that are being imposed in many areas of Memphis area, and you can maintain your lawn and garden using the rainwater collected on your property.

Solar Hot Water Systems

Hot water systems can use a lot of energy within the home. Switching to a solar hot water system can save electricity. There is no need to be worried about running out of hot water as solar hot water systems generally store more hot water than conventional systems do. If you get a few rainy or cloudy days, you will still get hot water as the thermostat will turn the booster on to heat the water to the required temperature.

Talking to a professional plumbing contractor will help you decide which solar hot water system is right for you. Things to consider include how many people will be using it, when you take your showers (morning or night), what rebates you may get from the local or state government, and the condition of your existing hot water system and plumbing. Many electric hot water heaters can be retrofitted with solar panels.

Water Tanks

Water tanks are a great way of saving water in the home. Whether you use it for outdoor purposes only or connect it to the toilet or washing machine, you should talk to a professional to ensure that the tank will meet your requirements. Tanks may be installed when renovating or building your home or alternatively they can be retrofitted, although retrofitting can make the plumbing costs more expensive, especially if you are connecting to internal plumbing.

There are a few things to remember when installing a water tank. Firstly, it needs to operate separately from the mains water supply and, if it cannot, you will need an air gap between the tank and the water supply, to ensure that there is no backflow. A plumber will be able to help you in this regard. The tank also needs to be connected to a drainage system so that any overflow can be removed. Also, any plumbing that is associated with the installation and maintenance of the tank must be done by a licensed plumber.

Water tanks may be made of polyethylene, metal, concrete or fibreglass and can be placed above or below ground depending on your requirements. Rainwater tanks are also not subject to water restrictions unless they are topped up by mains water.

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