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Water Management in Energy Efficient Homes
September 27, 2016
When it comes to energy efficient homes, there are several ways to effectively manage your water. View the Alternative Energy Construction blog for more.
Ways to Save Water in Energy Efficient Homes
Water is not only a renewable resource but is also a finite resource. Currently, the amount of estimated drinking water for the world is about 1 percent of the entire supply. Energy efficient homes have lessened heating and cooling costs and are now focusing on water management. A truly green building must address all impacts it has on the environment, and today we will look at water management.
Energy Efficient Homes
People are using insulated concrete forms (ICF) to help make energy efficient homes. ICF block construction creates buildings that require less energy, offer more protection and are built to last. Creating sustainable architecture using insulated concrete wall forms provide the solution for these needs.
However, creating green buildings and eco-friendly homes allow LEED certified contractors to see that there are additional possibilities to make homes and buildings more energy efficient. To be truly effective, a construction company would have to make buildings and homes that manage water flowing both in and out, while also storing natural water coming in.
When trying to get water for your lawn and garden, collecting rainwater might not be a bad option. Using gutters properly can aid you in collecting water runoff from the roofs to store in containers for later use. Energy efficient homes may involve using water systems to collect nutrient rich water that can be reused as you deem fit. It is always wise to look into local and state ordinances before storing water since it can be illegal in some areas.
As soon as low flow is mentioned, people immediately think about toilets. While low-flow toilets are a part of the solution, there are other things to help as well. In energy efficient homes, you may notice a few options. Low-flow aerators lessen the amount of water used by shower heads and faucets. Aerators are a low-cost attachment and it cuts your water usage drastically. Low-flow dishwashers can save you hundreds of gallons a year. In some smaller homes, people are using compost toilets that use little to no water. Little changes can make your sustainable building even more efficient.
Using Greywater for Lawns
Some energy efficient homes use Greywater systems to collect water from showers, dishwashers and sinks to redistribute into gardens and lawns. The water contains some bacteria and many other nutrients that benefit plant growth. There are rules about using this water on plants that grow food for eating, but for flowers and grass, it is a great, eco-friendly way to keep your energy efficient homes greener. Reusing this water not only helps the planet but also decreases your water bill.
A Little Goes a Long Way
When it comes to water management, small changes by a lot of people can have huge results. A new era of buildings may create a better future for those loved ones around us. Contact Alternative Energy Construction today to learn more about energy efficient homes.