When cold weather rolls into town, it can become more challenging to keep your home running within your household budget. Energy prices are on the rise, making it hard to keep warm while balancing the budget. However, when you learn other ways to make your home extra efficient, you can apply the money you saved to cover those higher heating bills. At Paul Bunyan Plumbing And Drains, we would like to offer our customers some helpful ways to use their plumbing system more efficiently to save money and help protect the environment.
Increase Water Heater Efficiency
Several simple tasks can increase the efficiency of your traditional water heater. First, be sure that the unit is adequately insulated to keep the holding tank water warm while reducing its energy consumption. A water heater jacket is an affordable and safe choice to help reduce the workload on your unit this winter.
Mineral buildup in the holding tank can also be costing you a lot of money. The layer of sediment works as a layer of insulation over the heating element. But this is insulation that you don't want. It makes the water heater work too hard to keep your water hot. Draining and flushing the tank will remove all of the sediment and allow your water heater to work at optimum efficiency.
Consider Going Tankless
If you are thinking about replacing your older water heater, a tankless unit is sure to reduce your energy bills. The on-demand function of a tankless water heater reduces the energy consumption by 22% or more over a traditional tank-style unit. In addition, you will enjoy never running out of hot water again as the unit continues to heat water as long as it is needed.
Reducing Your Water Bill
Telling you to use less water is somewhat senseless. No one tries to waste the water that they buy. However, giving you useful tips on reducing unintentional waste is very helpful. For example, installing low-flow water fixtures and toilets is a sensible way to cut your water consumption and water bill without altering your lifestyle.
Low-flow faucets and showerheads use aerators to mix air into the water to create the same feel and effectiveness for rinsing dishes, showering, and other cleaning chores. The benefit is a significant saving on the amount of water your household uses without changing how you live your daily lives. The pros at Paul Bunyan Plumbing And Drains are happy to provide you with free price quotes to install low-flow kitchen or bathroom faucets, showerheads, or toilets to help you save money on each month's water bills.
Finally, if you notice any signs of a water leak in your Rochester or Brooklyn Park home, call the Paul Bunyan Plumbing And Drains team at 612-340-1444 for immediate help. Repairing even a tiny water leak or dripping faucet can save hundreds of gallons of water in a single month. It is also the best way to protect your home from potentially costly water damage.