Kitchens are easily one of the most used rooms in the home and consume a lot of energy. While you’re busy preparing food and cleaning up afterwards, your appliances and plumbing systems are running and working hard too. Here are some ideas to make your kitchen’s plumbing more energy efficient:
Replace your old appliances with energy efficient models.
Older appliances are major energy consumers and can account for up to 12 per cent of the energy used in the average Canadian home. Consider replacing your appliances with ENERGY STAR certified models. A new energy efficient dishwasher, refrigerator and water cooler will help you cut your electricity and water bills and reduce your carbon footprint.
Install low flow faucets or faucet aerators.
Low flow faucets and/or aerators mix air with the water flow, resulting in less water used without sacrificing too much water pressure. Aerators are relatively inexpensive and can easily screw onto your existing faucet head. Not only does it prevent splashing, it will also help you conserve water and energy every time you turn on the tap!
Insulate your pipes.
It’s always a good idea to make sure that all the plumbing along exterior walls in your home is properly insulated. This will prevent your pipes from freezing and bursting. There are still green benefits to insulating the pipes that are running through the inside walls too. It will help keep the hot water running to your taps and dishwasher from losing heat and energy and lessen the strain on your hot water heater.
Install in-floor heating.
Some of the best plumbers in Calgary offer radiant floor heating installation. Many homeowners choose to do this in the kitchen, especially if they have cold tile floors. This type of flooring uses water running through pipes to heat the floor and the space. It provides a consistent heat, is more efficient than forced air heating and can even help heat the basement rooms below the kitchen.
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