Due to climate change, there has been an increase in coastal flooding throughout the country. Places along the coast, such as Florida, especially have been hit hard in recent years. If you live in one of the areas that have been hard hit by coastal floods, you may have encountered significant property damage from environmental disasters.
Once something like this happens, you’re likely going to be scrambling to minimize the damage as much as you can. You’ll need to remove excess water from your property through air flow, draining, and other methods recommended by a professional restoration company to recover your home from water damage.
While you are restoring your home, consider what other things you could effectively update in your home to improve it. Have you ever considered making your home more energy-efficient? After property damage caused by natural disasters, many people renovate features in their homes to be more energy efficient and helpful for the environment. It’s a way to take a difficult situation like a natural disaster and turn it into actions for sustainability.
If you have the time and resources for an endeavor like this, here are a few changes you may want to consider implementing.
1. Replacing Your Faucets
Sometimes flooding can cause pipes in your home to burst and break, which can lead to problems with related plumbing elements like your sink faucets. If you need to replace your faucets, consider replacing them with high-efficiency faucets.
These typically don’t use more than 1.5 gpm. If you want to modify your existing faucets, then that is possible as well. You can purchase a flow restrictor or aerator. These fixtures save water, are easy modifications, and are relatively inexpensive.
2. Replacing Your Toilet
There are several different types that you can purchase. One type is the ultra-low-flush toilet, which doesn’t surpass 1.28 gpf. There are also composting toilets you can get that use no or little water for flushing.
Another type of toilet that has been popular overseas and that is now emerging quickly in the U.S. is the dual flush toilet. They feature two flush buttons, one for solid waste and one for liquid waste.
3. Replacing Your Showerheads
You might not think of your showerhead as something that would make a huge difference in water consumption, but showering accounts for a significant portion of indoor water use in many homes. If you are able to replace your showerhead while you are doing other renovations, you should consider installing ultra-low-flow showerheads.
In the past, some people have criticized low-flow showerheads for being weak or wimpy in terms of pressure. But the ultra-low-flow showerheads that manufacturers make now provide a high-quality stream of water for showering.
4. Modifying your HVAC System
If your HVAC system sustained damage during flooding, you will have to get it fixed and adjusted by a professional company. This can actually be a good thing because if it gets updated, it is more likely to be running at peak efficiency and save you energy. If your HVAC system is not damaged, you may still want to consider getting it updated and tuned.
By implementing any number of these energy-efficient options for your house, you help the environment by reducing your energy intake. In addition, you will save money each month when it comes to your energy bills. Although it may seem like a significant amount of money now to purchase these new fixtures, in the long run, it will be a good investment.
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