Conserving hot water is a great way to bring your utility bills down. Wasteful fixtures use more hot water, which means that your water heater has to work harder to keep up with our help. You can cut down on your hot water usage and save money on your energy costs. Saving water at the same time doesn’t hurt either.
Install Low Flow Shower Heads
Forget all the jokes you’ve heard in sitcoms about low-flow shower heads. We know that they have a reputation for ruining your water pressure. However, modern low-flow fixtures use as little as 2.5 gallons per minute while still pumping water at 80 psi. That means you can save hot water without losing water pressure. In addition, going low flow can reduce your water usage by 25%-60%, which means that the savings will pay off the cost of new fixtures quickly.
Insulate your Pipes to Reduce Heat Loss
Hot water can lose much heat as it travels through cold pipes, which means many homeowners have to turn up the thermostat on their water heaters to compensate. This wastes much energy and can be fixed easily with inexpensive pipe insulation from your local hardware store. A little insulation around your hot water pipes can go a long way to reduce heat loss and reduce your energy bill as well.
Install Low Flow Aerators on your Faucets
Low flow aerators are inexpensive and could save you 50% of the water your use at the tap. A new low-flow aerator uses about 1 gallon per minute compared to standard faucet aerators that use 2.2 gallons per minute. This quick change can save you anywhere from 2 to 16 gallons of water per day.
Invest in a Water Heater Blanket
If you have a tank-style water heater, buying a blanket can save you a lot of wasted energy from reheating water. Anywhere you can reduce heat loss from your water is a great place to focus your sights because most insulation repairs are inexpensive, easy to do, and can significantly impact your utility bills.
Need Help Replacing a Fixture? Give Our Team a Call!
If changing a specific fixture is more work than you’re ready for, call in a professional. Our team of experienced plumbers here at Clean Team Plumbing are standing by to help with whatever you need! Call us today!