There are simple things you can do to help save money with your plumbing during the colder months of the year. Here are some of the top ways you can save.
There is nothing like a hot shower to take the chill off as the temperature gets colder outside, but all that hot water can be expensive. According to the Department of Energy, heating the water in your home can account for 18% of your utility bill. Here are tips from the professionals at Benjamin Franklin Plumbing® on ways to save money and energy this time of year:
- Adjust the temperature of your hot water heater to 120º F. This can save energy and reduce scalding.
- Repair leaks. The EPA estimates more than one trillion gallons of water is wasted each year in U.S. homes. You may be paying to heat all that lost water. The biggest culprits are drippy faucets, leaky valves and worn toilet flappers. Many of these jobs you can do yourself or call a trusted plumber for help. Plumbers also have professional grade replacement parts.
- Here’s something you may not have heard of: an on-demand recirculating system. Just press a button before turning on your faucet and get instant hot water. No more wasting water, waiting for it to get hot. You can also upgrade your fixtures and appliances. New low-flow faucets, showerheads, modern low flow toilets, dishwashers and washing machines are designed to work well and use less water and energy.
- Insulate. Consider adding insulation to your hot water storage tank and the first six feet of the hot and cold pipes connected to your water heater. Be careful not to cover the thermostat. If you have a question, call a professional for help.
- Plumbing inspection. A whole house plumbing inspection by a plumbing professional can detect leaks and problems you may not even be aware of. You can recoup the cost of the inspection quickly, if the plumber finds leaks, clogs and other ways water is being wasted.
For more on seasonal plumbing tips and water saving measures, contact your local Benjamin Franklin Plumbing.