Many businesses today practice environmental sustainability on one level or another – they understand that their role in global sustainability practices is not only important, but highlighted when possible. In fact, many consumers base their decision on products and services, whose company “plays their part” in preserving the environment.
Often times water conservation isn’t at the top of a company’s list, but it should be, especially because commercial buildings use so much water every day. Interested in learning how your business can save water? Our team of commercial plumbers put together their top seven ways to not only reduce operating expenses, but doing so while conserving water. Big or small, your company can make a difference, with these useful and impactful insights!
1. Perform a Commercial Building Water Audit
One of the best ways to conserve water is to determine how much water you consume currently. Have a professional plumber perform a commercial building water audit, which usually only takes a few hours. The audit involves an evaluation of your building’s plumbing fixtures, plumbing systems, cooling systems, irrigation and hot water system.
2. Evaluate Landscape To Reduce Water Consumption
While lush landscaping adds beauty (and value) to commercial buildings, the water required to take care of such spaces can become a financial burden. Planting perennial plants and hardy native plants and getting new water hose nozzles helps reduce water consumption without sacrificing on landscaping.
3. Use Efficient Water Fixtures
Switching current water fixtures to more efficient ones lowers water usage and water bills. Research the most water efficient aerators, urinals, faucets and toilets – and you could qualify for a rebate for your conservation efforts, so look for those too!
4. Lower Water Pressure
It’s great to have excellent water pressure, but your commercial building could have too much of a good thing, especially if you manage a building with multiple floors. Installing variable speed pumps and addressing limescale in pipes can ensure optimum pressure.
5. Consider a Condensate Recovery System
You may already collect condenser water from your commercial HVAC system, but do you send that water into the sewer system? Think about switching to a condensate recovery system that reuses the collected water.
6. Use a Rainwater Harvesting System
If your commercial building site receives a lot of rain, installing a rainwater harvesting system can supply you with an alternate water source for your building’s landscape.
7. Monitor Cooling Tower Chemistry
Your cooling tower system may have mineral buildup, which can negatively affect performance. Keep a close watch on cooling tower chemistry, so you can prevent buildup and increase the number of times you recycle water.
A Local Difference, Makes a Global Difference
It is important as a business owner to know your state’s status when it comes to water challenges. Educate yourself and the management team on any water issues that your local community and state may be facing, when it comes to water crisis. In fact, every state faces their own water issues – whether it’s shortage, contamination or other. Understanding this, will help you better determine where exactly your company can help be a contributor to positive change. Not only will you save money, but your business will help prevent scarce water resources for years to come.
Ready To Hire a Professional Plumbing Company To Help Conserve Water?
Are you interested in more ways to conserve water in a commercial building, or make necessary changes that are plumbing related? All of our highly trained, friendly technicians are fully licensed, bonded and insured for your safety and peace of mind. We offer decades of experience and no plumbing job is too large or too small.
Reach out to our commercial plumbing experts at All Star Plumbing – call (336) 462-1080 today!