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There is not a single industry that has not been influenced by the green movement of the 21st century. In a general sense, the green movement involves being more responsible about the resources one is consuming and the waste one is producing. For example, older shower heads can spray between seven and 10 gallons of water per minute. Newer shower heads produced after 1992 generally produce a maximum of 2.5 gallons per minute. Less water is being consumed and less waste water is being pumped into treatment facilities; this is a move towards greener showering. The entire plumbing industry has seen innovations of this sort.

 

High-Efficiency Toilets

 A high-efficiency toilet (HET) is one that flushes away waste while using less water than an older toilet. A pre-1980 toilet can use as much as six or seven gallons of water per flush. A new high-efficiency toilet must by law use no more than 1.28 gallons per flush. If you switch from a pre-1980 toilet to a HET in your house, you can save as much as 40,000 gallons of water a year.

 

High-efficiency toilets suffered a setback a few years ago because early models were very inefficient. To put it mildly, they did not flush completely with only one flush. That negated a lot of the benefits of the higher efficiency. New models often use pressurized water to flush, and they are much more efficient.

 

Efficient Water Heaters

 More efficient water heaters are popular as well. Water heaters are, by their very nature, fairly inefficient. They’re giant tanks of water that are kept heated constantly even if you aren’t using hot water. The more efficient heaters are usually solar water heaters and tankless water heaters.

Solar water heaters either produce electricity using solar power, heat the water by exposing it to the sun, or both. A tankless water heater attaches to your plumbing and allows water to flow through. When you turn on the hot water, the tankless heaters heats up the water as it passes through. This does not produce as much hot water as fast as a tank heater typically, but it saves a lot of energy.

 

Rainwater Collection

 A rainwater system is one very significant change that some people are making. Typically, they work by collecting rainwater and then introducing that rainwater into the house’s plumbing. Rainwater can be used to flush toilets, water gardens, and other non-potable uses. You need to have that installed by a professional.

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