Although the word “green”, used in reference to items and practices that are environmentally-friendly, has become a very popular term, you may not have ever thought about “green” in relation to plumbing. Nevertheless, there are various ways in which plumbing can be green, and it’s important to look for a green plumber to do your part in reducing the environmental impact of your water waste.
So what makes a plumber green? A lot of things, ranging from the pipes they use to the vehicles they drive. An easy way to tell is checking whether they are a certified Green Plumber. The Green Plumbing licensing program was developed in Australia, and The Plumbing-Heating-Cooling Contractors Association of California and Omni, Inc. later brought it to the U.S.
In addition to verifying whether they have a Green Plumber certification, you can ask your plumber the following questions to further investigate their “green”-ness:
- Do they offer PVC pipe alternatives?
- Do they use low-VOC cleaners and glues?
- Do they use hybrid vehicles?
- Do they have recycling and alternative energy policies in place at their offices?
- Do they offer eco-friendly appliances such as tankless water heaters, low-flow toilets, and gray water harvesting systems?
The next time you need a plumber, minimize your impact on the planet by asking these few simple questions.
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