Considering how much water the average household uses (especially in the bathroom and the kitchen), it comes as no surprise that "green plumbing," so to speak, has become a hot topic in the past few years. If you are one of the many homeowners across the nation searching for ways to enhance your home's sustainability and reduce your environmental footprint, you're in luck! Here are five easy and effective ways to make your home's plumbing system greener without breaking the bank.

Things You Will Need

* Water aerator
* Regulator
* Energy efficient sink/showers/toilets
* Conservation mindset

Step 1

Fix those leaks! Did you know that a leaky faucet with a constant drip can waste as much as 20 gallons of water every day? Fix leaky faucets, showerheads, and pipes to significantly reduce your home's water waste. You can easily install low-flow water aerators on most faucets. Mounted to the end of the faucet, these small devices can cut water waste without hindering your faucet's performance.

Step 2

Invest in the environment and purchase low-flow, eco-friendly plumbing fixtures. When it comes time to replace your old toilet or showerhead, look for newer models that adhere to energy-efficiency guidelines and are designed to reduce water usage. Most plumbing fixtures, from faucets to little giant pumps, have models that are more eco-friendly than conventional ones.

Step 3

Slow the flow! Aside from fixing leaks, there are other highly effective home remedies that can help you reduce water use and subsequently save more money. For example, putting a jar or sealed plastic bag in a toilet tank can reduce the amount of water used in the bowl. Or simply take shorter showers and run appliances – such as the washing machine and the dishwasher – only when completely full.

Step 4

To keep their pipes from freezing during the winter, many homeowners spray them with a commercial solution that contains toxins harmful to the environment. A cheaper, safer, and just as effective way to protect your pipes is to simply wrap towels around the pipes and sections that you can easily get to.

Step 5

Install a water heater regulator which ensures the temperature of your hot water remains below a certain degree. Most homeowners have their water heater set unnecessarily high; lowering it just a few degrees can save a significant amount of energy and you won't even notice a difference.
Be smart and conscious about all of the water you use. Do your best to use appliances only when needed and avoid being wasteful when using the bathroom and kitchen.

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