Debates rage on over climate change and global warming. Politicians banter about the planet, whether or not humans are affecting anything. Meanwhile there are entire communities around the globe that struggle to find enough drinking water to survive. The point is not who is right or wrong about global warming. The point is that it’s time to start taking care of the only home we have. It may seem like a lofty goal to “Save the Earth!”, and most people probably don’t think that they have the time or resources or knowledge to contribute to such a campaign. But what we all need to realize is that we don’t have to join some organization. We can start to make a difference in our own homes. And you might only need some plumbing services to do it.
How can I save the planet by needing plumbing services?
Saving the planet doesn’t have to be a bother. In fact, a lot of what we can do to improve the earth can also improve our daily life and our overall spending. Fixing appliances in our homes, and making sure that we are not wasting energy, electricity, and water will ultimately help our wallets, and we’re doing a small part in conserving precious resources as well. For example, a simple drain repair to fix water leaks in the home can show up on the homeowner’s water bill as around a 10% decrease in cost. A shower head that leaks at a rate of 10 drips a minute will waste more than 500 gallons each year! To put it in perspective, that is the equivalent of washing 60 loads of dishes in the dishwasher. You may not think that drip is doing much, but think of all that usable water, let alone your money, just disappearing down the drain. And some of those easy fixes around the house don’t even need professional plumbing services!
What about the drain replacement I can’t do on my own?
There are bound to be projects around the house that you will have to get some outside help on. You might be looking at replacing sewer lines, or something similar that will ultimately help save dollars and energy through efficiency, and realize it’s a bigger project than you’re confident doing on your own. But ask around to find who can do the best job, with both quality and efficiency, and ideally in a way that is better for the environment (such as trenchless pipe replacement, which attempts to minimize the damaging excavation process).
On top of that, consult your hired professional on what else can be done to make your house more environmently friendly. The United States Environmental Protection Agency, or EPA, claims that the savings that our nation would see if all American households were to install water-efficient machines would be upwards of 3 trillion gallons of water and over $18 billion every year!