Stop flushing your hard-earned money down the drain and save money on your plumbing by following these professional tips.
Economic times are hard enough without wasting money due to a water guzzling or leaking plumbing fixture. Not only will it save you money in utility costs, but also conserve one of our most precious resources.
Learn how you can maximize the efficiency of your home’s plumbing system with the help of a plumbing contractor by installing water saving devices.
All Hail the King
As you sit atop your throne, or porcelain god, as some folks like to call, stop and think about how much fresh water is required to flush the fixture. Older toilets — those manufactured before 1992 — can use between 3.5 and 7 gallons per flush. According to the American Water Works Association, the toilet consumes 27 percent of the water used by your household. Federal mandates now in place require that toilets use no more than 1.6 gallons per flush. It does not take a math professor to figure out how much water you can conserve by switching to a low-flush toilet.
Stop the Drip
Dripping fixtures, as insignificant as they seem, can waste large amounts of water. It doesn’t stop there; a running or leaking toilet is also a major contributor to water waste. Most parts required to repair a faucet — O-ring, rubber washer — or the inner workings of a toilet — flapper, fill valves — are inexpensive. Even homeowners lacking the skills to make these changes on their own will benefit, as the cost of hiring a plumber will pay off in the end.
Install Faucet Aerators
A faucet aerator is the easiest water saving device to install. The simple device is designed to attach to most faucet types by simply screwing it on the end of the spout. As water passes through the end of the faucet, it is broken into fine droplets and infused with air. An aerator is capable of reducing faucet flow — typically 5 to 6 gallons a minute — to 2.5 gallons or less per minute.
Low-flow Shower Heads
Another inexpensive way to save money and conserve water is by installing a low-flow showerhead. Low-flow showerheads can decrease water consumption by as much as 40 percent when compared to traditional showerheads. Since the efficient device uses less water, you will also realize savings by using less hot water and the energy required heating it.
Handy Household Tips
There are plenty of ways to conserve water and save money without drastic changes or spending money.
·Turn off the faucet when brushing your teeth or shaving
·Set your washing machine water level to match the laundry amount
·Thaw frozen foods in the fridge instead of under running water
·Use your sinks garbage disposal sparingly by disposing of unwanted food scraps in the trash or compost pile
·Monitor faucets and toilets while repairing any leaks or drips as soon as possible
·Run the dishwasher only when it is at full capacity
These are just a few ways to save money on your plumbing. Dunwoody residents of the greater Atlanta area seeking additional expert advice can contact Reliable Heating and Air. For more than 35 years, Reliable Heating and Air has provided outstanding service and support to its valuable customers.