Highwater Plumbing and Heating is your Denver-Metro Green Plumber.
Highwater Plumbing and Heating’s accredited Green Plumber can conduct a 50-point environmental inspection report that will discuss how much water is being used in your household and water-saving options that might be right for your home.
Our accredited Green Plumber has been trained in water-efficiency technology, climate and water care, and solar hot water.
Highwater Plumbing & Heating’s accredited Green Plumber will also help you compare initial running costs of new appliances and the running costs of other new appliances to help you make a cost-effective informed choice, as well as an environmentally sound one. Not all green choices are right for every home.
Green Plumbers is an international training and accreditation program designed to help plumbers and tradesman understand their role in the environment and public health. The organization’s goal is to train plumbers to promote the benefits of water conservation and the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions. The focus is on changing consumer and plumbing behavior through the use of energy efficiency and water-saving technologies. The training consists of a five-part accreditation in environmental and technical issues including Caring for Our Water, Climate Care, Water Efficient Technology, Solar Hot Water and Inspection Report Service.
Tips to Help Conserve Water Around the House:
- Consider installing a water efficient toilet, which uses 20 percent less water while offering equal or superior performance. Compared to older, inefficient models, a new water efficient toilet could save a family of four more than $90 annually on its water utility bill, and $2,000 over the lifetime of the toilets.
- Check for toilet leaks by adding food coloring to the tank. If the toilet is leaking, color will appear in the bowl within 15 minutes. (Make sure to flush as soon as the test is done, since food coloring can stain the tank) or have one of our licensed plumbers run a test with professional grade tablets for you.
- Installing a more efficient aerator is one of the most cost-effective ways to save water.
- Repair dripping faucets and showerheads. A drip rate of one drip per second can waste more than 3,000 gallons per year.
- A full bathtub can require up to 70 gallons of water, while taking a 5-minute shower uses only 10 to 25 gallons.
- Turning off the tap while you brush your teeth can save 8 gallons per day.
- Wash only full loads of dishes and clothes or lower the water settings for smaller loads.
- Replace your old washing machine with a high-efficiency, ENERGY STAR® labeled model, which uses up to 50 percent less water and electricity.
Outside the Home
- Water your lawn or garden during the cool morning hours, as opposed to mid-day, to reduce evaporation.
- Look for sprinklers that produce droplets, not mist, or use soaker hoses or trickle irrigation for trees and shrubs.
- Set sprinklers to water lawns and gardens only. Check that you’re not watering the street or sidewalk.
- Try not to overwater your landscaping. Learn plants’ water needs and water different types appropriately.
- Look into xeriscaping your garden. Xeriscaping is landscaping that reduces or eliminates the need for supplemental water from irrigation in dry arid climates like the Denver- Metro area.
- Don’t over fertilize. You will increase the lawn’s need for water.
- Raise your lawn mower blade to at least 3 inches. Taller grass promotes deeper roots, shades the root system, and holds soil moisture better than a closely cropped lawn.
- Plant climate-appropriate species. Try plants that are native to where you live, which don’t require as much water, and group plants together by water requirements.
- Use mulch around trees and plants to help reduce evaporation and control water-stealing weeds.