Many homes across America are conscious of their water usage, but some of them only practice conserving water when the temperatures are higher. Water is used at such a high rate during the summer because it can be used for watering our gardens, cleaning our cars, and keeping ourselves cool. However, with some winter water conservation tips, your home can be more mindful of its water use all year round.
One of the biggest problems with water usage is also tied to energy usage. As you get ready to start your day in the morning, it is likely that you may run the water in your shower for some time to allow it to heat. Your old water heater needs a lot of energy to warm up a lot of water, and once you finish taking a hot shower, it needs to refill the tank and start the process all over again.
By switching to a tankless water heater, you can see an improvement of up to 34 percent more efficiency than a conventional storage tank water heater. A tankless water heater works without the need of a storage tank, meaning that cold water flows through a heat exchanger in the unit to allow a constant supply of hot water.
You can also help your home’s plumbing by insulating the pipes in areas of your house that receive little heat. Freezing cold temperatures can wreak havoc on your plumbing, especially when it can interrupt the flow of water through the pipes. Worse yet, frozen pipes can crack, leak or burst, causing a serious amount of trouble that goes beyond wasted water.
Find your home’s pipes that are most susceptible to freezing, such as the line that runs to outdoor hose bibs, and install insulation tubes made from polyethylene or fiberglass.
Another way to prevent frozen pipes is to keep a faucet dripping during extreme temperatures. You might think that a dripping faucet runs contrary to your water saving efforts, but when you consider the alternatives, you’ll understand the need.
The amount of water from a dripping faucet does add up, but it still does not come close to what it would cost your family to deal with frozen pipes and water damage. Prevent frozen pipes by allowing the water to have a controlled flow through the faucet, as opposed to an unpredictable rush of water into your basement.
When it comes down to it, no matter what the season or the temperature, you should know where your water shut-off valve is located. In an emergency, the best thing you can do is to stop the flow of water. The faster you can reach it, the less water will go to waste. Not only that, but you can limit or even prevent the worst water damage.
All homeowners should have that desire not only to save water, but to save on their plumbing and energy bills. By knowing the best ways to conserve water in the winter, as well as throughout all seasons, your home can achieve both. For more information on saving water and saving energy, call Kellermeier Plumbing at 616-866-5134. At Kellermeier Plumbing, we pride ourselves on being honest and upfront with our customers and strive to provide our clients with the highest level of service.