Change Plumbing Fixtures to Improve Energy Efficiency

We know that homeowners are always looking for ways to save a little extra money every month, and setting your sights on wasteful plumbing fixtures is a great place to start. Changing to more efficient fixtures can save you money on your energy bills and your water bills at the same time! By using less hot water in the first place, your water heater won’t have to work so hard. We’ll outline some of the areas that you can focus your efforts to have the most impact and bring those utility bills down in no time.

Install Low Flow Shower Heads

Forget all the jokes you’ve heard in sitcoms about low flow showerheads. We know that they have a reputation for ruining your water pressure, but modern small flow fixtures use as little as 2.5 gallons per minute while still pumping out water at 80 psi. That means you can save hot water without losing water pressure. Going low flow can reduce your water usage by 25%-60% as well, which means that the savings will pay off the cost of new fixtures quickly.

Install Low Flow Aerators on Faucets

low flow aeratorInstalling low flow aerators is quick and inexpensive and could reduce your water usage by 50% at your tap. Standard aerators typically use 2 gallons per minute, while low flow aerators only use 1 gallon per minute. Making this simple switch can save you anywhere from 2 to 16 gallons of water per day.

Insulate your Pipes to Reduce Heat Loss

Hot water can lose a lot of heat as it travels through cold pipes, which means many homeowners have to turn up the thermostat on their water heaters to compensate. This wastes a lot of energy and can be fixed easily with inexpensive pipe insulation from your local hardware store. A little insulation around your hot water pipes can go a long way to reduce heat loss and your energy bill.

Give your Water Heater a Blanket

You enjoy a beautiful warm blanket when the weather gets cold, and so does your water heater. Pick up a water heater blanket from your local hardware store and make sure that your water heater is nice and cozy all year long. A lot of the inefficiency of tank-style water heaters comes from water in the tank loses heat, and having to reheat the water again. Wrapping the tank in a blanket can cut down a lot on heat loss and make even your tank-style water heater a paragon of efficiency.

Need a Helping Hand Changing that Fixture? Give Us a Call!

We all love a good DIY project, but sometimes there’s a project that is a little above our abilities for situations like these call the professional plumbers here at Domco Plumbing. No matter what project you’re working on, we’re sure we can help.