4 Ways to Get Energy-Efficient Plumbing
When you bought your home, you were likely content that it had all the best working appliances and plumbing systems you would need to be comfortable in your home. Yet as your home’s plumbing system ages, it is likely to slow down and consume more energy to keep it functional, thus making it less efficient. Plus, advances in technology may have made your once new fixtures obsolete.
There are many causes to your plumbing system slowing down, which can all be assessed with an experienced plumber. If you’re concerned that your plumbing system is using up too much energy, here are four ways to get energy-efficient plumbing within your home.
If you’re having trouble figuring out why your plumbing system is having issues or using too much energy, call Central Plumbing at 225-925-8552. Central Plumbing is an experienced plumbing company that has been servicing the Baton Rouge area since 1974.
Change Faucets and Showerheads
Most don’t realize that changing the faucets or showerheads installed in your home will save a lot of water and cut down on waste.
Water-saving showerheads, for example, can significantly reduce water flow to 1.75 gallons per minute. This is compared to 2.5 gallons per minute that get deposited every time someone uses a regular showerhead. In addition, with energy-efficient faucets, you can save more than 2,300 gallons of water per year and 330 kilowatt-hours of electricity.
If you get energy-efficient plumbing fixtures such as faucets and showerheads, you can lower your consumption and bills, thus saving you money.
Get a Tankless Water Heater
What about getting energy-efficient plumbing appliances for when you are not actively using water in your home?
A traditional water heater can keep your hot water hot all day long, but their tanks often don’t last longer than five to seven years. On the other hand, a tankless water heater runs for twenty to twenty-five years. That gives you a lot more bang for your buck and keeps you from having to replace the system every few years.
What is great about using a tankless water heater is that it uses less natural gas than a water heater tank and you’ll avoid heating the whole tank instead of only the water amount you need. With a tankless water heater, you don’t need to use your gas utilities as much to have hot water within your home, saving you money on your gas bill.
A tankless water heater also has a much smaller size than a traditional water heater, meaning there is less space for the machine to take up within your home. They are smaller, more compact, and, depending on the brand, can even be installed on the wall.
If having a tankless water heater appeals to you more than a traditional heater, our team at Central Plumbing can come to your home and install them. Our plumbers can help make sure it runs properly within your home as an integral part of your energy-efficient plumbing.
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Do Regular Maintenance
One of the best ways to make your plumbing system have energy-efficient plumbing is by regularly keeping your system and appliances maintained. Keeping your plumbing system maintained will keep it working like new, even over a long period of time.
One way to maintain your system is by removing drain covers in areas where there are drains, such as the bathroom and kitchen, and removing any clogs or blockages present within the drain. You should check for any clogs present and clean them by using drain snakes and liquid pipe cleaner to clear out any blockages as needed.
Check Your Appliances
Every year, you should keep a log of your appliances taking note of the installation date and any maintenance dates. Normally after five years of use, an appliance is no longer considered energy-efficient for your plumbing. Older appliances tend to use more water than necessary, which leads to you getting a high water bill as time goes by.
To solve this, you should consider upgrading your appliances and make sure they fit the energy standards needed to be a part of an energy-efficient plumbing system. It may cost you more money to install a new appliance, but the energy and money saved by the switch are worth it in the long run. If you need to reinstall a newer, energy-efficient appliance in your home, Central Plumbing can help you pick which brand would be best for your home and install it to your current system.
Boost Your Home with Energy-Efficient Plumbing From Central Plumbing
Getting energy-efficient plumbing is not complicated and can have many benefits for your home, such as saving money on your utility bills and reducing your impact on generating water or energy waste. If you’re interested in what it takes to make your home energy-efficient, contact Central Plumbing today. We’ll advise you on the steps to take to transform your home from an energy-consumption home to an energy-efficient home.