If you’re planning on building a new home, you may be looking at ways to make your home eco-friendly. Sustainable homes are the newest thing, with many people opting for non-toxic building materials, renewable energy sources, and high-efficiency appliances. However, it’s rarely ever that people think about sustainable plumbing. Sustainable plumbing is all about energy and water conservation, waste reduction, and employing eco-friendly materials in your home. It’s the modern way to go, as it saves both the environment and your wallet in the long run. In this blog post, we’ll be looking at a few easy ways you can make a big difference in your new build. Let’s start with the heart of every home, the kitchen.

 

Kitchen

For the majority of households, the kitchen is the most used room in the house. It is also one of the areas where water is used on a daily basis. Faucets and fixtures are the simplest methods to make a major difference in your kitchen. Some of the latest green plumbing solutions allow you to reduce cut your water consumption by a massive 60%.  Choosing a low-flow fixture allows you to use less water. You can even go a step further and install a touchless faucet. A touchless faucet will help you conserve even more water because it will only turn on when you trigger the sensor. When it comes to such faucets, our Wellington Plumbspec plumbers are well-versed. Touchless faucets have been installed by many of our plumbers in new Wellington house projects because they provide both eco-friendly benefits and a modern design flare. Remember to check the energy savings on your kitchen appliances, such as your dishwasher and refrigerator. Not only will you help to conserve energy and water but I’ll also benefit from a quieter experience.

 

Bathroom

The bathroom is the easiest place to cut back on your household’s water consumption. Have you ever heard of water-saving toilets? Traditional toilet systems contribute for a significant portion of our daily water consumption, with typical single flush toilets requiring a whopping 12 litres per flush. The water-saving toilet technology is available from a number of toilet brands, including Kohler, Caroma, and Heiko, all of which are offered in New Zealand.

Your water heating system can also have a significant impact on your water and energy consumption. The Rinnai INFINITY A-Series is a continuous flow hot water system designed for household use. These water heaters provide unlimited hot water and, unlike electric cylinders, are energy efficient because they only turn on when hot water is required.

 

Rainwater tanks

A rainwater tank collects rainwater that falls on your roof, channels it down your gutters and downspouts, and empties it into a rainwater tank positioned to the side or beneath your property. Rainwater tanks can be used to supply water to your garden, irrigation system, toilet, laundry, and other purposes. Remember to hire a professional local plumber when installing rainwater tanks because faulty or do-it-yourself installations can result in flooding, backflow, and other issues that can cause significant plumbing difficulties or water damage.

 

As responsible citizens, we must protect the environment and leave it in a better place than we found it. Sustainable plumbing is a component of an environmentally conscious approach. It’s a smart way to save water and energy, two essential resources. To help the environment, incorporate sustainable plumbing solutions into your new Wellington home. Speak with our Wellington plumbers at PlumbSpec about building environmentally friendly plumbing systems in your new house.