How To Save Money On Your Water And Energy Bills
Your plumbing system and your personal habits can both be complicit in raising your water and energy bills. This calls for an evaluation of your plumbing components and an awareness of how you use water in order to stem the flow of your water and energy dollars down the drain.
Repairing Your Plumbing Components
Even minor drips and leaks can result in substantial waste of water and energy over time. The cost of repairs can be recouped through savings on your utility bills.
Worn flappers that allow water to flow non-stop from the toilet tank to the bowl and clogged fill valves that send a steady stream of water down the tank's overflow tube are the primary sources of toilet leaks, and can result in serious water waste.
The steady drip of a faucet to which you may have grown accustomed could be producing a serious hike in your water bill. You are also taking a hit on your energy bill if the hot water side of the faucet is to blame for the leak. It takes energy to heat that water.
That pipe in the basement that drips incessantly will likely lead to a major leak, and possibly flooding, in the future, so it's a good idea to have the pipe repaired and your lines inspected. It's also a representation of the condition of the other supply pipes of the same age in your home. Hidden leaks inside your walls or underground can result in loss of massive amounts of water.
Replacing Your Plumbing Components
Upgrading your plumbing fixtures to high-efficiency models can pay for itself through water and energy savings. You can also receive tax credits for the installation of certain types of high-efficiency plumbing components.
According to the EPA, some high-efficiency toilets use only 1.28 gallons of water per flush, substantially less than older models which may use up to 6 gallons. Current high-efficiency standards require a maximum of 1.6 gallons per use, which is still much improved over old toilets.
These faucets produce a flow of water that's equivalent to the pressure provided by standard faucets but use less water to achieve the flow through advanced faucet design.
Tankless Water Heaters
This type of heater doesn't use energy to keep water hot in a storage tank but heats it on demand by passing cold water through a chamber with electric coils or a gas flame. Instant hot water provides unlimited access to hot water and saves on energy costs.
You can also become mindful of your personal habits to reduce water and energy bills through practices such as washing clothes in cold water when practical, waiting for full loads before using the clothes or dishwasher and turning off faucets while shaving or brushing your teeth.
These and other practices can become ingrained in your daily life and result in lower water and energy bills. To learn more, contact a company like Arnold & Sons_Plumbing Sewer & Drain Services.