Updating and repairing your home’s plumbing will provide you and your family with a number of amazing benefits. In addition to saving hundreds of gallons of water a year, you will also be able to avoid extensive damage to the structure of your home from cracked pipes and leaks. Here is a quick glimpse at some steps you can take to turn your plumbing “green” just in time or St. Patrick’s Day.
Turn Down the Water Heater
Most water heaters are shipped with the temperature set at 140°F. For the average family, this temperature is much too high during the warmer months of the year. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, turning your water heater down by just ten degrees could save your family almost $50 a year.
Perform a Water Main Leak Check
Even a slow leak can waste hundreds of gallons of water in a single
year, and that is why it is so important to locate and fix any damage as
quickly as possible. One of the most effective ways to test your
plumbing for any leaks is by checking the water main. You will first
need to go through your home and turn off all faucets and any appliances
that use water for at least three or four hours. If the meter continues
to move during that time, then you most likely have a leak.
Just like the heat transfer that takes places in your home’s air ducts,
heat will also be lost when water runs from the water heater to a
faucet. Adding a little extra insulation around the pipes is a simple
way to remedy this, and the supplies will often pay for themselves
within just a few months. You will also be able to turn your water
heater even lower as the moving water will stay much warmer.
Use Low-Flow Shower Heads and Faucets
Older shower heads and faucets are notoriously inefficient and could be
costing you quite a bit of money. Low-flow shower heads use just two
gallons of water per minute while traditional shower heads use as much
as five gallons per minute. If you are not quite ready to upgrade your
shower heads and faucets, then you might want to consider low-flow
adapters or nozzles.
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