NEW WAYS TO SAVE ON ENERGY

When people think about renovations, they normally think about entire rooms. Another way to approach an upcoming home upgrade is by finding ways to save energy on your utilities. Interested? Great. We have some ideas:

Replace outdated faucets
Those old faucets may not just be an eyesore, they could be a huge drain on your water bill. Newer eco-friendly designs help control how much water is being used and can reduce water flow. Now that’s fashion forward.

Insulate your water heater
This one isn’t about adding eye candy to your water heater. It's all about saving money, and an insulated water heater can save a considerable amount. Even if the insulation decreases the water heater’s temperature by just a few degrees, those few little degrees can mean a lot of extra green over time.

Check your water pressure
Is your water pressure less than ideal? Now just might be the perfect time to have a professional take a look at your home’s plumbing. He just might discover an issue that he can take care of before it becomes a problem. AND you can enjoy better water pressure. Win-win.

Check your appliances
Scheduling an annual tune-up of your washing machine, dishwasher, and other major appliances will greatly reduce the odds of a costly breakdown. These machines become less efficient as time progresses. A tune up will improve their performance, heighten efficiency and possibly even ward off a budget-busting repair or replacement.

Check your toilet flapper
Leaky toilets are more than a nuisance, they’re a waste of your hard-earned money. In many cases, the culprit is the flapper. You can test the flapper by dropping some food coloring in the tank. If the bowl is colored with the same hue as the food coloring, there’s a leak. It’s possible that there’s debris or other sediment around the flapper. Cleaning this off could cure your leak.

If you have any other ideas or helpful hints to save on energy, please send them our way. And as always, if you have any plumbing questions, call your Louisville Dauenhauer, any hour.