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Sustainable Plumbing: 7 Fixes That Lead To Serious Water And Energy Savings

Looking for opportunities to save money at home can do wonders for your family’s finances. At the same time, it will allow you to contribute to the preservation of the environment.

Turning your home into a model of energy and water efficiency is one effective way to save on costs. A plumbing company in Melbourne says that it’s all about making smart choices and implementing small, well-thought-out changes inside and outside your home.

Plumbing fixes are examples of the changes that can have a huge impact. Listed below are 7 that plumbing contractors recommend:

Replace old taps and showerheads.

1.     Replace old taps and showerheads.

If you’re looking to save a significant amount of money on your monthly water bill, switching your old taps and showerheads (especially if they leak, because they can waste 3,000 gallons of water in a year) with low-flow alternatives will do the trick.

These taps and showerheads may be low flow, but they’re not low when it comes to pressure. That means you can wash thoroughly without consuming too much water.

2.     Replace your old toilet.

Every flush of from an old toilet uses 3.5 to 7 gallons of water. If you don’t want to use up that much water every time you use the bathroom, there are water-saving alternatives to consider. Toilets with the EPA’s Water Sense Label are 20% more efficient than standard models, using only 1.6 gallons (or even less) of water for every flush.


3.     Fix a leaky toilet.

You waste as much as 200 gallons of water every day if you have a leaky toilet and this, according to experts in plumbing, is similar to flushing your toilet 50 times a day. Having a leaky toilet fixed will slash your monthly water bill.

4.     Set up a greywater system.

This is a fantastic way to get the most use out of the water you pay for. Instead of letting water you used from your washing machine and dishwasher to directly go down the drain and sewer, have a greywater system set up by a plumber. This system will re-route greywater so you can reuse it for cleaning your house, flushing your toilets, and even watering your garden. No need for you to use “new” clean water frequently.

5.     Switch from electric to natural gas.

There are bigger savings to be had when you use gas. With electricity rates being as high as they are, you can instantly reduce your monthly energy bill once you make the switch.

Aside from savings, the switch also offers the advantage of being more reliable. In the case of a power outage due to a storm or other natural calamity, you’ll still be able to keep your home warm and cook meals with ease if you have a gas heater and stove.


6.     Have leaky water pipes repaired or replaced.

Like other leaking plumbing fixtures, you can save a lot of money when leaky water pipes are fixed or replaced. The repair job will put an end to water wastage, and along with this, it will preserve the structural integrity of your home. Too much moisture can weaken other building components.

It’s important to mention as well that excessive moisture caused by leaks can encourage the growth of moulds and attract pests such as rodents and cockroaches, which will cost you even more money to get rid of.

7.     Install a leak detector.

This is often used for washing machines which are the second highest water-consuming appliances (uses 41 gallons of water per load) at home and are quite prone to leaks. A plumber can install a leak detector that will automatically shut off the water supply when internal failures occur, fittings crack, and hoses rupture.


These seven fixes can do so much to reduce your household’s energy and water consumption and expenses. And aside from these, there are still other things that can be done for the same objective. Consult your local plumber for other fixes and solutions they can perform that will help you further conserve precious energy and water.



Based in South Melbourne, Blue Diamond Plumbing was founded in 1985, working on new homes, repairs and commercial contracts. Over time they have grown to become some of the best plumbers Melbourne has to offer. Since 2001 the company has specialised in Emergency Plumbing and Property Maintenance, Repairs and Renovations for homes and businesses in Melbourne and inner city suburbs. Owner Rod Diamond has over 30 years experience with emergency plumbing in Melbourne's inner suburbs.