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Ways to Cut Costs and Save Energy!

Thursday, January 21, 2016 - 9:15am

Any homeowner is eager for cost savings. While you might keep an eye on your thermostat, your grocery bill and other areas where you can reduce spending, you may not be aware of how household plumbing and water conservation can help you out. Here are some quick tips for finding savings through plumbing problem prevention, high-efficiency plumbing and water conservation:

  • Water Heater: Your water heater has a temperature gauge — one that rarely gets checked. Take a look and make sure it’s no higher than 120 degrees. If you have an older model, place it on the medium setting.
  • Check Leaks: Note the setting on your water meter during a period when you’re not using any water. Check back a few hours later to see if the setting has moved. If the meter shows you’re using water, you may have a leak somewhere.
  • New Toilet Parts: Toilets become leaky over time. A new flapper and fill valve can completely transform a toilet’s efficiency and reduce the amount of water used per flush.
  • Showerheads: Replace an old showerhead with a low-flow model. This can save you dozens and dozens of gallons each month, helping to reduce your utilities bill.
  • Water Pressure: Check with your water provider and get to know the water pressure in your neighborhood. If it’s over 60 pounds per square inch, consider installing a pressure-reducing valve. This will help extend the life of your pipes and prevent costly replacements.
  • Fresh Connections: Your washer is connected to a water supply through rubber hoses. These hoses can crack and break over time, which could lead to a flood of water into your utility room. Not only is this water expensive, but the cost to repair damage to floors and walls can be expensive, too. Make sure your connection hoses are in good shape and replace them if necessary.
  • Outdoor Faucets: You notice leaks and drips indoors much more quickly than outdoors. Take a look at your outdoor connection, though, and make sure you’re not accidentally watering around the clock.
  • Prevent Clogs: Find a drain screen to place over your kitchen disposal, which will help prevent costly clogged drains. Grease is a major clogger. When it cools and hardens, it will block up the newest of pipes. To help clear pipes in kitchens and bathrooms, use baking soda to sprinkle down the drain once a month. This will help keep your water flowing.

Of course, it always helps to have a trusted professional on your side. At Mr. Rooter of Greater Syracuse, we serve the Syracuse area with a team of licensed plumbers who are certified by Onondaga County for plumbing leak detection and any plumbing-related project. We would be glad to answer questions and help fix any plumbing issues you’re experiencing at your home.

Contact us today about water conservation and household plumbing in Syracuse.

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