Looking to save some money? Home plumbing tweaks might be the way to do so!
Extra cash can be difficult to come by, while many of us sit at home and ponder get-rich-quick schemes, it’s often small adjustments that add up to the biggest savings. Instead of starting a side business and sinking more money into a new venture with the hopes of a return on investment, why not try these five tips for guaranteed money saving on your home plumbing bills.
Install Low Flow Plumbing Fixtures
They’re easy to install and they really work. Low flow faucets, toilets and shower heads are all relatively inexpensive and can help drastically reduce your water consumption resulting in a lower water bill and fewer plumbing issues. While they may cost a little more upfront they’ll continue to save you money in the long run.
Food waste, hair, grease and other built up residue can clog drains leading to burst pipes and costly repair bills. Use mesh drain plugs to collect foreign debris while allowing water to flow through to keep your drains clear and pipes happy. If you do discover a clog, avoid using chemical drain cleaners as they can lubricate the debris and make it harder to remove. Instead, try using a drain snake or give us a call and we’ll remedy the problem.
Use Flood Detectors
Flood detectors are a cheap and safe way to ensure your appliances aren’t guzzling more water than they should be and can protect your home in an instance of flooding. They work by monitoring the amount of water your laundry uses and automatically shut off the valve if there is a leak or flood. These are the perfect investment if you’re the type to start your laundry and then leave the house to do other errands.
Fix Leaky Toilets and Faucets
A dripping faucet is the antithesis of a good night’s sleep, but they also end up hurting your wallet as well as your sleep cycle. Similarly, a toilet that leaks and constantly refills itself can go unnoticed but end up costing you hundreds of dollars annually. Checking and replacing the flapper in your toilet tank costs around 5 bucks and takes minutes to install. For more persistent leaks it’s best to schedule a plumbing maintenance appointment.
Lower Water Temperature on Water Heater
Everyone loves a relaxing hot shower, but constantly using your water heater can rack up a hefty utility bill. Don’t fret, we have a hack to keep your showers hot and save you a few dollars. Most hot water tanks come from the manufacturer with a standard temperature setting of 140 degrees. Bringing the setting down to 120 means you’ll still have warm enough temperatures for steamy showers and the heater won’t work as fast or as hard, saving you around 10 percent energy costs.
Bonus Pro Tip: Drain your hot water heater every so often to keep it running optimally. Living in the Rockies means dealing with hard water heavy in mineral content. These mineral sediments can build up in your heater, causing it to work harder to heat your home’s water.
Following these tips and investing a little money upfront will ensure your house’s plumbing is in tip top shape and water waste is minimal. The more efficient your fixtures and appliances are the more money you’ll save on water bills and repair costs. You don’t have to drown in your utility bills every month, be proactive and save your hard earned money!