Conservation is a topic that is receiving widespread attention due to dwindling natural resources as well as
consumers being more educated about opportunities to save both the planet and some money. While not an
obvious choice, a great place to start is with your household plumbing. Many options are available to cut down
on water usage throughout your home and also reduce the amount you pay the water company each month.
Fix Leaks and Drips
Small plumbing leaks and faucet drips don’t seem like a big deal and don’t cause a huge increase in your monthly water bill. But even a small leak or a chronically dripping faucet can waste an enormous amount of water over a longer period of time. Small problems can also become large problems quickly if not appropriately addressed. If you notice a problem, give Haldeman Mechanical a call to get your leaks fixed.
Low-Flow and Dual Flush Toilets
Two higher efficiency options are available when it comes to replacing your toilet. Low-flow toilets use less water per flush. Traditional older toilet models used as much as 3.6 gallons per flush. Today, the average toilet uses just 1.6 gallons per flush and there are even 1.28 gallon models now available. The second alternative is a dual flush toilet. These units offer one flush option for liquid waste which uses only 1.1 gallons. A second option for flushing solids uses slightly more water.
Aerators work by diluting the water stream from your faucet with air, reducing the amount of water you use
while still maintaining the feeling of a traditional high-volume flow. Installing these devices on all of the faucets
in your home can have a significant impact on water usage throughout your home.
Low-Flow Shower Heads
Installing low-flow shower heads is another great way to reduce your water consumption. These shower heads
also cut down on your heating costs because your water heater does not need to heat as much water for your
shower. Concerned about water pressure? Don’t be! Low-flow shower heads are designed to use less water
while still maintaining your desired pressure.
Energy Efficient Appliances
If you think about how many loads of laundry you do, how often you run your dishwasher, or how much ice
you get from your refrigerator, you begin to see the importance of energy efficient appliances. Purchasing
Energy-Star rated appliances can save you a bundle. High efficiency and tankless water heaters will also save
you money on both your water and heating bills.
Not sure where to start? Give Haldeman Mechanical a call today to discuss your options!