Today is Earth Day! Newk's Plumbing Gympie are the experts in sustainable plumbing practices, that's why we've compiled this list on ways you can conserve more energy.
Drink more tap water
Bottled water may be convenient, but that convenience comes at a terrible price. 370 million plastic water bottles are used every year in Australia., but only a fraction of those end up in recycling bins. Those bottles take loads of oil and energy to produce, and much more to transport across the country. Use household water filters and durable water bottles to enjoy fresh water on the go without adding to unnecessary energy use and landfill waste.
Wash your clothes in cold water
Today’s washing machines are capable of getting out tough stains without the need for hot water, allowing you to save energy on water heater use. To make cold water washing even more effective, look for detergent formulas designed specifically for cold water.
Don't use the Clothes Dryer
Like most appliances that produce heat, clothes dryers are among the biggest consumers of household energy. Clothes will dry quickly and smell fresh when hung to dry on the clothesline on a sunny day, but you can also hang-dry them indoors on a drying rack for all-weather convenience. Plus, it’s easier on your clothes -- all that lint you pull out of the dryer trap? Those are bits of your clothes you aren’t getting back!
Don't put your heating/cooling system on extremes
Turn the dial back a notch for the day and see if you notice a difference. If you can live with the lower temperature, keep it there to save energy and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. And if you live in a sunny area, look into solar water heaters before it comes time to replace your current unit.
Grow your own herbs, fruits and vegetables
Our climate is perfect for growing fruits and vegetables all year round. Home gardens have a positive environmental impact and can help you appreciate what it takes to get fresh food to your local market. And if you grow too much, freeze or can what you can’t eat in time to ensure zero waste.
Make today the start of good eco friendly habits. Want more ideas like the installation of low-flow toilets, greywater recycling systems and water-saving faucets, ask your friendly Master Plumber at Newk's Plumbing Gympie 0418 800 018.