Plumbers with Benjamin Franklin Plumbing® are in the water, pipe and drain business. There are things you can do at your home to conserve water, energy and help the environment this Earth Day.
When you think about how much water goes down your drains and pipes every day, you could be flooded with worry or washed in guilt. Plumbers with Benjamin Franklin Plumbing are in the business of solving water worries. We offer these suggestions for quick and easy things you can do to conserve water and energy with your plumbing, especially on Earth Day.
- Adjust the temperature on your hot water heater.
According to Energy Star by setting your hot water heater at 120 º or lower you can save energy and money. Set at 140º or higher can waste up to $400 a year in standby and demand heat losses. [i] You can also turn off your water heater if you are away on vacation to conserve energy.
- Check for leaks
Do a quick inventory of your sinks, showers, toilets and hoses outside your home. Make sure your washers and gaskets are tight. The most common cause of a leaking toilet is often the inexpensive, rubber flapper. Check for wear and replace if needed. Remember plumbers have professional grade products that often last longer than store bought parts.
- Consider water saving and energy efficient upgrades
Many new faucets, shower heads and toilets are low flow or have water conservation features. These can be easy for you to upgrade on your own or with the help of a professional plumber. There are also new energy efficient options for water heaters.
For more information on ways to save water and energy with your plumbing, contact your local Benjamin Franklin Plumbing.