Plumbing is one of the most important systems in your house, as it is used multiple times each day. Because the plumbing is so often relied upon, it can use a lot of your home's energy - keeping water flowing, allowing it to heat up for your shower - and cost you on your monthly utility payments. If you want to reduce the cost of your home's plumbing system, as well as have a more positive influence on the environment, there are certain steps that you can take. Many of these options will not cost you very much and can even end up saving you money in the long run.
Here are a few environmentally friendly upgrades to make to your house's plumbing:
- Fix leaky faucets: According to some experts, a leaky faucet can waste up to 20 gallons of water per day. If you have any leaks in your home, you should take care of the problem as soon as possible. Do not waste any more money - or water - by letting the bathroom sink drip all night long.
- Invest in a tankless water heater: If your water heater is more than five-years-old, it is time to invest in a new one. The most energy-efficient option for your home is a tankless model, as PlumbingNetworks.com notes: "Tankless water heaters are the rising stars in water heaters....It is estimated that tankless water heaters can reduce your energy costs by up to 40-50 percent."
- Lower the water heater temperature: Water heaters do not need to be kept above 120 degrees Fahrenheit, as anything higher will unnecessarily consume energy and raise your utility bills.
If you live in Virginia and need work done in your home, schedule an appointment with John C. Flood today for our Fairfax plumbing services.