In most households heating water is second only to home heating in terms of energy use. Hot water that's lost through leaks or inefficiency doesn't just waste hundreds of gallons of water every year, it also adds up on your utility bill. Here are some ways you can conserve hot water.
Even minor leaks from faucets, shower heads and pipes can waste large amounts of hot water over time. Even a small leak of one drip per second could cost $12 a year. Replacing worn washers and seals on plumbing fixtures will pay for itself in a short period of time. If your water heater's tank is leaking it should be replaced.
Low-flow shower heads and faucets can be purchased for $10-20. For the best efficiency, select a shower head with a flow rate of less than 2.5 gpm (gallons per minute). The EPA mandates that new shower heads cannot exceed 2.5 gpm at a water pressure of 80 pounds per square inch (psi).
One of the biggest expenses of cleaning dishes and clothes comes from the energy used to heat the water. Before purchasing a new appliance check the EnergyGuide label to see how much energy it will use annually.
It can often take a while for hot water to reach the faucet. Instead of letting the water run down the drain, keep a container nearby and use it to store water for cleaning floors, refilling the dog bowl, watering plants and other uses.
When doing laundry choose the cold water clean cycle when possible. Many soaps and detergents will work fine with cold water.
Have questions about conserving water around the home. Give Grand Lake Plumbing and Heating a call. We're here to help.