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Practical Water Saving Tips for Your Plumbing

April 23rd, 2017 by gtowsley Leave a reply »

 

With warmer weather just around the corner, there has never been a better time to get your house in gear to help save water. With a monumental drought behind us, that doesn’t mean all of your conservation efforts have to go out the window. Water saving efforts are not only good for the environment, but also help you save a little money on your monthly water bill as well. So without further ado we bring you some practical water saving tips that can really make a difference.

 

#1 Check for Leaks

Checking for leaks is one of the most important water saving tips because it not only helps you save water, but also helps prevent damage. Water leaks can cause serious damage to your plumbing system and the surrounding area. Not to mention all that water waste really ads up over time. A simple leak can waste thousands of gallons a year, and cause issues with mold and mildew. Taking care of leaks right away is the best way to save money on water and repairs, plus protect your personal belongings.

 

 #2 Install Low Flow Aerators

Low flow aerators make for a great water saving tip because they are effective and inexpensive. Low flow aerators fit over your faucet or shower head to control the flow of water. They restrict the flow of water while simultaneously building pressure so water is conserved without sacrificing water pressure. If you have newer plumbing fixtures, chances are you already have aerators on your faucets and shower-heads. However, if you have older plumbing fixtures installing low flow aerators is in inexpensive and easy fix. You can pick up low flow aerators at the hardware store for a couple of bucks.

 

#3 Install New Plumbing Fixtures

If it’s been a few years, or if you live in an older home with original plumbing fixtures, then now is as go good a time as any to install new plumbing fixtures. Most newer

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plumbing fixtures have been designed with water saving in mind and are much more efficient than their predecessors. From high efficiency toilets, to low flow faucets and shower-heads. Swapping your old plumbing fixtures for some new more efficient models can help save you a bundle on your water bill and help modernize the space without a total overhaul.

 

#4 On Demand Water Heaters

On demand water heaters are a great choice when trying to make your home more efficient. Since, they heat water on an as needed basis they aren’t constantly refilling the tank. In addition, they also conserve energy because they aren’t working as hard to maintain the temperature of an entire tank of water. What this means for you is a constant supply of hot water at a fraction of the operating costs. On demand water heaters also last longer, and are easier to repair.

water saving#5 Water Saving Appliances

Just like old plumbing fixtures, old water using appliances aren’t as efficient as newer models. In fact, most older washing machines and dishwaters use a ton more water than newer water saving models. While this can be an expensive up front cost, the water savings you will see will make up for it in the long run. Plus, there are still many incentives available to upgrading to water saving appliances. Just remember when you are shopping for new appliances, you will also need to replace the water supply hoses. Old hoses get brittle over time and can spring a leak. As a good measure always purchase new when replacing appliances to ensure no there are no “surprises”.

 

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