Tips to Go Green for Earth Day

With Earth Day arriving on the 22nd of April this year, it’s the ideal time to look at how you can further your commitment to the environment and help safeguard our natural resources. Like most personal processes, this begins in the home. And so to guide you on several techniques for going green this Earth Day, we’re offering our expert tips in this post.


Use Low Flow Systemssave-water_480

Low flow technology has evolved considerably in recent years. The newest systems compare favorably with traditional products and yet only use about half the water that traditional toilets and showers consume during use.

When choosing low flow technology, it’s important to work with a specialist who understands your home space, and who can work with you to analyze how best to support your family’s comfort while installing the low flow system.


Reduce the Family’s Carbon Footprintcarbon-footprint_480

We know that our carbon footprint signifies our impact on the environment. And so when considering how you interact with local spaces, bring your family together to discuss ways they can reduce their combined footprint.

One option could be to take fewer trips in the car. You might decide as family together to walk to school instead of driving.

Or you might consider ways to reduce your use of fossil fuels in the home, such as using solar energy equipment.


Add a Tankless Water Heater to the Home

When you use your home shower, the water in the system must be stored by your water heater, which then heats the water when you turn the tap on. A tankless water heater is a leading alternative to this inefficient means of hot water production.

The tankless system works by providing you with hot water on demand, directly from the city’s system. Instead of having a large tank in the home for storing water, you have a simple system with a limited footprint. It’s a home addition that can save space and reduce your water consumption by hundreds of gallons per year.

Only by choosing qualified professionals to install your high-efficiency plumbing can you capitalize on the latest industry advances. Our trusted team has decades of experience in the industry, and we’re available around the clock to offer guidance on the latest environmentally-friendly products.

To learn more, call our Duane Blanton Plumbing, Sewer & Drainage, Inc. team in Round Lake, IL at (847) 855-0000.


World Water Day Is Here to Celebrate on March 22nd

World-WaterDid you know that March 22 is World Water Day? Created in response to the water crisis currently gripping the world, the UN General Assembly declared that we would celebrate World Water Day every year since starting in 1993.

The day is aimed to raise awareness and teach people about what they can do to conserve water and reduce waste.

What Crisis?

In The United States, we are lucky enough to enjoy clean water whenever we need it. Whether we’re turning on the tap to run a nice, hot bath or filling up a pot to make your family’s favorite pasta dish. Many people in the world do not have this luxury.

In fact, over 663 million people do not have access to clean water near their homes. For these people, getting clean water requires walking long distances and waiting for hours in a lineup to receive a jug. Many Americans simply cannot imagine this life. This is a crisis that needs our attention now. Poverty-stricken areas need water to live, the same way we need water to drink, clean, and bathe with.

Wasting-waterThis Year’s Theme: Wastewater

Wastewater refers to water that is wasted in our homes and cities. We constantly have wastewater flowing out of our properties and, in many cases; this wastewater is also a wasted opportunity. The wastewater is often not properly treated, which leads to pollution and illness when the water flows back into nature.

UN-Water outlined each theme in 2015 as part of their effort to ensure clean water for all by 2030. Each theme is also part of a Sustainable Development Goal. This year’s theme of wastewater is also an opportunity to reach the goal of halving the wastewater produced each year. To reach this goal, we must develop better treatment methods and better ways to reuse wastewater.

How Can One Person Help?

With such a large goal, it’s easy to feel like your efforts toward water conservation will go unnoticed and won’t help the grand scheme of things. However, if we all took a few moments each day to be better at conserving water, we would make a huge difference. Here are a few ideas to get started with water conservation:

  • Water-dropTurn off your tap when you brush your teeth or wash your hands.
  • Take baths instead of showers.
  • If you do take a shower, place a bucket under the showerhead to collect the water as you wait for the shower to heat up. You can use this extra water for your garden or even flush the toilet.
  • Install a water-conserving or dual-flush toilet. You will also save money on your water bill.
  • Repair all leaking pipes or faucets in a timely manner to reduce waste.
  • Collect rainwater in a basin for watering your garden or flowerbed.
  • Install a greywater reuse system if your area approves it.

Call (847) 855-0000 today and speak with the experts at Duane Blanton Plumbing, Sewer, and Drainage Inc. for more practical advice on how to make the most of World Water Day.


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