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Aug 21 2015

5 Easy Ways to Conserve Water

We all need to conserve water, and some approaches are much easier than others. Rooter Hero Plumbing suggests these five easy ways to conserve water require minimal effort from you.

Repair Leaky Toilets

Leaky toilets consume more water than you may even realize. If your toilet constantly runs, replacing the flapper that closes off when the tank fills should do the trick. If it is leaking at its base, remove the toilet from the closet flange, replace the wax ring, and tighten the base when reattaching the toilet. Leaky toilets can cost as much as $840 per year in added expenses; whereas, repairs are significantly less.

Check Your Water Heater’s Thermostat

Check the thermostat on your water heater. By lowering the temperature, you save energy and water. While many manufacturers preset the thermostat to 140 degrees Fahrenheit, you only need it to be at 120 degrees. Making that small adjustment can have a major impact on efficiency. By lowering a thermostat on a water heater by 20 degrees, you will save anywhere from $30 to $60 per year.

Replace Outdated Showerheads

Just because your showerhead still works doesn’t mean it is good. Newer showerheads are more energy efficient so that they can impact your utility bills. After a while, old showerheads start dripping or leaking. Replace outdated fixtures when necessary, so you can have the most energy-efficient products in your home.

Repair or Replace Leaky Faucets

While some people may not think a leaky faucet is important, it requires your immediate attention. A small leak can cost you $20 per year and waste 34 gallons of water annually. Repairing or replacing a leaky faucet costs less than the extra cash you will spend on utility costs.

Make Sure Your Home’s Water Pressure is Correct

If you can’t wash dishes and water your plants at the same time, your water pressure is too low. If the water pressure is too low, more energy is required to get the job done. Adjusting the water pressure can save you a significant amount of money on your utility bills. On the opposite end of the spectrum, if the pressure is too high, it can cause a pipe to burst that can then damage your home. A water pressure regulator can help you keep your water pressure adjusted to the right setting. These five simple tips can save you hundreds of dollars each year. What are you waiting for? Call your Rooter Hero Plumbing pro today to schedule an appointment for upgrades and other top-rated services.

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