Save Money on Hot Water with Advice from a Plumber

Save Money on Hot Water with Advice from a Plumber

The cost of heating water and the water itself can be a huge monthly expense. You can implement several money-saving techniques that are recommended by a Roto-Rooter plumber. While the money you save may not seem like a lot at first, over time it can amount to a substantial sum. Following are areas you can focus on to cut down on your bills.

Water Heater

The most expensive facet of using hot water is heating the water. We recommend that you do the following with your water heater:

  • Use a water heater blanket. These insulating blankets are designed to wrap around your water heater and help retain the heat in your tank. You can purchase these blankets in the plumbing department of a hardware store.
  • Set the water temperature to 120 degrees. This temperature is hot enough for cleaning, showering, and other needs, yet it is cool enough to prevent an accidental scalding. Moreover, just a small drop in temperature will reduce your energy bill.

Bathrooms

Bathrooms use a lot of water each day as we take a shower, use the toilet, wash our hands, brush our teeth, and more. You can save money in the bathroom in the following ways:

Install a Low-Flow Showerhead

Low-flow showerheads restrict the flow of water coming into the shower. Change your showerhead to one that sprays 2.5 gallons per minute. If the previous showerhead sprayed 4 gallons of water per minute that amounts to an average savings of 5,500 gallons of water each year from just one shower. If you have four people showering each day the savings are over 20,000 gallons of water.

Fix Leaks

A leaky toilet can waste 200 gallons of water each day.

Although they waste less water, fixing leaky faucets will save you money.  Not only do leaks use a lot of water, they can also cause expensive water damage in your home or building. Call one of our plumbers if you need help.

Washing Machine

In addition to the amount of water used a huge expense in washing clothes is the energy required to heat the water. Money-saving suggestions for the washing machine are as follows:

  • Only wash full loadsl.
  • Use warm or cold temperature settings rather than hot.
  • Purchase an energy-efficient, front-load washer when it's time to replace your current one.

Dishwasher

Save money on both your water and energy bill with the following dishwasher tips:

  • Fill the sink to rinse dishes rather than letting the water run.
  • Use the feature that boosts water temperature to bring the water up to 140 degrees, which is the optimal temperature for sterilizing dishes.
  • Only wash full loads
  • Use shorter cycles.
 
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