Sarasota, FL (April 20, 2015) – According to the Department of Energy, water heaters account for almost 17 percent of the energy you use in your home. That’s more than all your other appliances combined. As we focus on the environment for Earth Day, plumbers with Benjamin Franklin Plumbing® offer these suggestions for quick and easy things you can do at home to help conserve water and energy with your plumbing.
Tip #1: Adjust the temperature on your hot water heater.
This is quick and easy to do. According to the Department of Energy setting your hot water heater at 120º or lower can help you save more than $60 a year on your utility bill. You can also turn off your water heater if you are away on vacation to conserve energy.
Tip #2: Add an insulation blanket
Most new hot water heaters are insulated. If you have an older water heater consider adding an insulation blanket to help reduce heat loss. If your tank feels warm to the touch, this could be an easy and cost effective addition.
Tip #3: Check for leaks
Do a quick check of your sinks, showers, toilets and the hoses outside. 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.
Tip #4: Consider water saving and energy efficient upgrades
Many new faucets, shower heads and toilets are low flow or have water conservation features. These are easy 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.We’re here to provide you with energy saving tips and can help you with your plumbing needs.