Simple Energy Saving Tips for Your Shower and Other Plumbing Fixtures
When it comes to saving energy in your Wilmington-area home, there are many different paths that you can take, all of which will lead to lower utility bills each month. Sometimes, you simply need a little focus, which is why we’re going to concentrate our efforts on energy saving tips that relate to the use of your shower and other plumbing fixtures.
Switch to showers
You might be surprised at how many people continue to take baths despite the convenience of showers. Their argument is that it’s more relaxing. While this may be true, preparing a bath uses a great deal of water.
Limit your shower time
Not only should you switch from baths to showers, you should to limit the time of taking that shower or you won’t see any water savings. A great rule of thumb is to be in and out within five minutes, at the most. In addition to saving water, you’ll also save the energy needed to heat it.
Switch to low-flow
Many faucets, shower heads, and toilets waste a lot of water when in use. The good news is that there are now low-flow units on the market that use a much lower amount of water. Most of these installation jobs can be done yourself, but if in doubt, don’t be afraid to call a professional plumber for assistance.
Lower your water heater temperature
The high setting of your water temperature provides a great way to scald yourself while wasting energy. Lower the setting down to medium (120 degrees) and you’ll be fine.
Wash only full loads
This goes for both your clothes washing machine and dishwasher. Only use these appliances when you have a full load. This will lower your use of water and the energy used to heat it.
At Sobieski Services, Inc., our goal is to help our customers in Delaware, Pennsylvania, Maryland and New Jersey learn more about energy and home comfort issues – especially HVAC and plumbing issues – so that they can save money and live in healthier, more comfortable homes.
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