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The Future Of Green Plumbing Is Bright

March 19th, 2022

Going green is on everyone’s mind lately but green plumbing components have, historically, been significantly more expensive than their traditional counterparts. While it remains true still that most green plumbing fixtures and components are more expensive to purchase, as they become more mainstream, the costs are coming down and going green in regards to plumbing is proving to be a wise investment. The payback period is becoming shorter and shorter through lower costs of production as well as the reduction in your monthly water and electric bills.

In addition to the savings on your utility bill, there are a couple of other avenues for increasing the savings associated with putting green plumbing fixtures into your home. One is a wide assortment of rebates that many government programs are providing for homeowners that purchase and install green plumbing fixtures and appliances. A second path to payback is the increase in your home’s resale value. As these fixtures become more ingrained in our culture, the demand for them is increasing. And we all know that as demand rises, so does the cost, right?

Green fixtures and appliances come with a lot of benefits. You can help save our water and energy resources, reduce your carbon footprint, and save money while you are at it. So the popularity of the green movement comes as no surprise. Couple this with the ever-growing population of the planet and you have every reason to expect even greater advancements in these types of technologies.

That is why the Green Plumbers programs across the planet are growing. In Australia, the Green Plumbers Association has become very successful with an estimated water usage savings of about 50%. This program has made its way to the United States with its adoption by the California Plumbing Association. Expect similar initiatives to catch on everywhere.

Another cool initiative by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and these days there doesn’t seem to be a lot to be proud of from them, is a programs they named “WaterSense” for rating the water efficiency of appliances. This works like the very useful and popular Energy Star rating initiative. Energy Star ratings are used by everyone to show just how efficient appliances are in their use of energy. Hopefully, the new “WaterSense” rating will catch on and make the choices of consumers looking to conserve water a little bit easier. To learn more about the WaterSense program, visit the EPA web site.

There has never been a better time than now to look into the many advantages and benefits of the green movement. Admittedly, the payback time may be many years, but the costs are coming down. With so many advantages and so many initiatives being implemented, the future of green plumbing is brighter than ever. The next time you need to replace a plumbing fixture, see what green alternatives are available. You just might be surprised at the assortment of options available to homeowners that can make a difference to our planet as well as your bank account.