In today’s age of decreasing water supplies, increasingly tough water restrictions in many areas of Australia 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.
There are many advantages to green plumbing – the main ones being that it saves water and money. Green plumbing can encompass:
If you choose to use green plumbing components within your home, then you may get rebates from your local or state 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 tanks, you will also free yourself from the tough water restrictions that are being imposed in many areas of Australia, and you can maintain your lawn and garden using the rainwater collected on your property.
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 plumber 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 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.
Green plumbers are plumbers that have been trained to use the most efficient products and appliances when carrying out their duties. The Green Plumber training program was developed by the Master Plumber’s and Mechanical Services Association and to date, nearly 4000 plumbers have completed the training.
These plumbers are able to provide advice on appliances that use water most efficiently (such as the washing machine, shower and toilet) and also on plumbing components themselves (water efficient taps, flow restrictors). They are able to give you an estimate on the short and long term costs of water efficient appliances, what the greenhouse gas emissions are and, of course, the water efficiency.
When choosing a green plumber, you should ask to see their license, make sure they have the correct insurances, and ask for proof that they have completed the green plumber training.
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