When it comes to the rising concerns of natural resources and utility consumption with increasing cost, more and more homeowners are becoming aware of the different ways they can “go green” to save money and conserve natural resources. No matter if your motive is to save some cash, do your part for the environment, or both, there is quite a bit you can do, including involving the plumbing system to your home. In an effort to help you reach your goals, we at Agape Air Conditioning, Heating, and Plumbing would like list some tips.
Methods of Making Buildings More Water Efficient
1) Insulation: When not properly insulated the heat reduction is compounded the further the fixture is from the water heater in addition the pipes experiencing significant heat loss. The temperature from the water heater is also impacted when the temperatures drop. To increase the heat retention in your hot water, ensure that the pipes are well insulated.
2) Minimize water usage when flushing toilets. You will see a return on your investment when you upgrade the toilets to a more efficient low-flush toilet. You will do your part to conserving the water use in addition to the savings on water usage cost, which will eventual surpass the initial cost of the toilet upgrade.
3) Always repair leaks as soon as possible. Minor leaks, running toilets, and other such issues waste hundreds of gallons of water per day; in fact, with a single dripping faucet wastes 3,000 gallons of water per year. Resulting in excessive restoration costs, the leaks that are not immediately repaired not only wastes valuable water, but it increases water bills, and can the source where mold is produced, which expedites the decay of structural materials as well as impacts your health after long term exposure. Any current leaks, both inside and outside, should be repaired as soon as possible and whenever you find an issue, make prompt repairs.
4) Water heater upgrading. Falling in after heating and cooling costs for your home, the water heater contributes to 12% of your power bill. Addressing the needs of your water heater can reduce the utility bills as well as doing what you can about the carbon footprint water heaters produce. You should consider replacing your water heater that is older than 15 years, as the average lifespan is 15-20, depending on the quality. Invest in a tank-less water heater to reap the benefits.
5) Decrease the volume of water going down the drain. Slow the flow of water coming from the showerhead and faucets to increase your savings. You save cash on your monthly bills when you use less water in addition to conserving water. By switching to the fixtures designed to restrict excessive water flow, you can save up 60% on your water usage. Install flow reducer on your existing faucets and showerhead or switch to a more efficient faucet and showerhead.