As the new year approaches, homeowners start to pay closer attention to their finances. Many are unaware that there are a few simple plumbing tips that can make a huge difference, both in water consumption and their water bill.
While a vast majority of New Year’s resolutions revolve around weight loss and healthy eating, taking initiative in your home care could play just as important a role. This article will discuss essential tips for the new year; most of them are easy to start doing today!
Save Water By Repairing Old leaks
Heading into the new year, many people make resolutions to start saving more money. One of the best ways to accomplish that is by paying attention to home water consumption. In general, the average amount of water used each day by a single person is around 100 gallons!
If there are older model toilets in use in the home, homeowners can save money by replacing them with newer, low flush models. In general, 30% of the water used in the home comes from flushing the toilet.
Another of the best plumbing tips is to reduce the amount of time spent in the shower or start taking baths instead (at least a few times a week). Showers use a shocking 5 gallons of water each minute! Compare this with the average bath, which takes just 36 gallons to fill up.
One other way to save water and money is by checking the faucets. Leaky faucets can account for a huge amount of water being wasted, often without the homeowner noticing. Combining this with the fact that faucets already make up 15% of the home’s water use… there are massive potential savings to be had.
Upgrade to Eco-Friendly Plumbing Pipe Materials
Plumbing tips for saving water often involve reviewing the type of pipe materials being used in the home. Switching to a more eco-friendly pipe can help save money and reduce water waste.
PVC, or polyvinyl chloride, is the pipe material most commonly used in homes. However, there are pipe materials that are much more environmentally friendly if homeowners want to make a change.
Copper pipes usually win this contest, both for their longevity and their ability to be recycled. It is estimated that roughly 80% of the copper that has ever been mined is still being used today. The one drawback to copper pipes is that it can take a lot of energy to actually recycle it.
Another pipe material making the rounds in the eco-friendly world is PEX or cross-linked polyethylene. It is a lightweight pipe with a low environmental footprint. It also does not transfer heat, lasts up to 100 years, and resists condensation.
Investing in a Water Filtration System
One of the easiest to enact plumbing system tips is just for homeowners to pay closer attention to their water filters. Water filters increase the water quality for the whole home and having fewer contaminants in the water can help pipes last longer.
Often, a high level of metal in the water can speed up the corrosion process already happening in the pipes. Water filters stop these issues before they start. They also help keep all members of the household healthier, especially during cold and flu season.
Homeowners can choose to buy either whole home water filters or water filters for each faucet. If the goal is to save water and money, a whole home water filter may be the better option.
Work With a Plumbing Pro
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