Ways to lower the energy consumption in your home

by Roman Plumbing on August 29, 2014

Ways to reduce your water heater’s energy consumption

 

Trinity Water Heater MaintenanceWhen you’re looking to reduce your water heater’s energy consumption, the most dramatic way to do this is to replace your old heater. If it’s not in your budget to purchase an eco-friendly water heater, don’t stress. I will explain other ways to lower your water energy consumption.

Turn Down the Tank’s Thermostat 

For every 10 degrees you turn it down, you’ll save 3% to 5% on your bill. Most water heaters arrive at your home preset at 140 degrees. The Energy Department recommends households lower it to 120 degrees. This temperature is high enough for your needs. If the thermostat on your water heater doesn’t have a numbered gauge, put it midway between the “low” and “medium” marks. Wait a day, and then measure the tap temperature and adjust if necessary. 

Insulate Exposed Hot-Water Pipes 

By insulating your hot water pipes, water will arrive at the faucet 2 to 4 degrees warmer. This means your water will heat up faster, thus saving energy, water and money.

Trinity PlumberInsulate Your Hot Water Tank 

After you insulate the hot water pipes, wrap your tank with an insulating blanket. It’s a cheap and easy way to reduce costs.

Drain the Sediment 

Tanks naturally build up sediment. This reduces the efficiency. When you drain the tank, it will keep it running efficiently and it’s easy to do. Most manufacturers recommend draining the tank once or twice a year. The Department of Energy recommends you drain less water more often; a quart every three months.

Use Less Hot Water 

The easiest way to cut hot water costs is to use less of it. A family of four showering five minutes a day uses 700 gallons of water each week. This is a three-year supply of drinking water for one person. Install low-flow showerheads and faucet aerators and you’ll cut your hot water consumption by 25% to 60%. This same family of four using low-flow fixtures can save 14,000 gallons of water a year. On your dishwasher, be sure to use the “economy” setting and stop pre-washing. Newer dishwashers can handle a dirty dish. Be sure to scrape what’s left into a trash or compost bin, and then load into the dishwasher.

Is the water heater in your Trinity home in need of maintenance? Call Roman Plumbing at (727) 858-3412 and schedule a service call today!

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The one thing you need to do before buying a house!

by Roman Plumbing on August 22, 2014

Looking to buy a home? Get the plumbing inspected before you do!

 

Trinity PlumberAs a new homeowner, you may have already heard the recommendations of conducting a professional plumbing inspection on your new home before buying if possible, or at least when moving into the home. Conducting this inspection before buying a home could save you from making a poor deal in some cases. Some new homeowners brush this advice off, and then they often pay for it later on. There can be plumbing issues or needed servicing, even with a newly constructed home, that can only worsen with time. Attending to these concerns early on in your stay inside of the home will be cheaper when considering long-term costs.

Some new homeowners feel that they can get around the cost of a professional plumbing inspection by using a do-it-yourself style inspection of their own. This is unwise, as there could be issues with leaks behind the walls or in the foundation, and a professional can perform a proper pressure test. The sump pump should be inspected considering the role it plays in preventing water build up in the sump basin. If you have a large family, it is probably best to have your water heater checked out to be sure that it is in top shape. A professional plumber can make the best savings and efficiency recommendations as well.

Trinity Plumbing InspectionEven if the home you are looking into purchasing (or have already purchased) is a newly constructed one, it is a good idea to bring in a professional plumber to check it out. You should be able to set up a time with the seller that this could be done. If the seller of the home is reluctant or even outright refuses to allow you to bring in your own plumber, this may be a sign that something is wrong. Even if it is a reputable builder and/or seller, it should be considered that when constructing homes, residential contractors will often go with the least expensive sub-contractor. This tendency can lead to problems with the integrity of the project.

Prevent high-maintenance problems with your plumbing system down the road. Having everything checked out and taken care of early on by someone who knows what they are doing will save you a lot of stress later on. Hire a professional plumber to inspect your new home now and think of it as an investment into long-term savings.

Looking to buy a home in the Trinity area? Call Roman Plumbing at (727) 858-3412

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