If you’re remodeling or have newly constructing areas of your house that use a lot of water, you have a perfect opportunity to consider some of the best energy- and water-efficient solutions available. Small changes to existing plumbing like adding low-flow heads to your showers and sink faucets can have a large impact on your water bill. In addition, here are some other solutions that you can also easily incorporate in mid construction while work is in progress and your home’s structure and base are more accessible. These can help save energy and money in the long run.
Switch to localized tankless water heaters.
Tankless water heaters are rapidly becoming more and more energy-efficient, especially compared to traditional tank models. If you have children or a large house with frequent guests, consider getting two water heaters, so everyone can get hot water when they need it. You can connect one to the kitchen and laundry appliances’ water lines, and use the other for your bathrooms and showers. This way, water heaters consume the most energy only when they are needed.
Put in underfloor heating.
While you’re remodeling, your rooms may be ripped up, providing you easy access to floorboards or your house frame. Hydronic underfloor heating uses a system of pipes filled with water or anti-freeze to keep your floor warm. The enclosed loop heats up water and sends that water throughout your house, so floors and rooms stay warm with very little energy loss. Not only is the system safe and can help the air quality inside your house, these systems are considered to be one of the best ways to conserve energy when temperatures can still dip low at night.
No matter what changes you make to your plumbing, saving water also helps you save energy, which in turn saves money on your utility bills. Contact us for more ideas and details or to get started on your next plumbing project.