Save Energy By Reducing Hot Water Usage

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					Save Energy By Reducing Hot
       Water Usage
• When looking at ways to save money, it only makes sense
  to look at those things on which we spend the most money
  and start cutting those costs. In your home, one of the
  largest expenses incurred is the dreaded utility bill that
  arrives every month without fail. We tend to just accept it
  and pay it but there are some practical things we can do to
  lower our energy consumption and, thereby, lower our
  monthly bill. Heating the hot water that is used in your
  household is one of the largest components of this bill. By
  lowering the amount of hot water used every month, you
  will lower your bill. For those who would like to lower hot
  water usage, make sure your home has no leaks and make
  use of low-flow fixtures whenever possible.
• Leaks are often ignored, after all how much waste can one little drip
  cause? Well, the answer is about one dollar a month for a moderate
  leak. When you have a faucet that drips or a shower head that leaks
  just one drop a second, the waste can add up to about a dollar
  every month in energy waste. Plus there is the waste of water. It
  only makes sense to have these problems taken care of right away.
• Another great way to save is by making use of low-flow plumbing
  fixtures in your home. The US government requires that shower
  heads and faucets cannot dispense more than 2.5 gallons of water
  per minute at a water pressure of 80 psi (pounds per square inch).
  Since the early 1990's this has been the law but prior to that,
  shower heads that delivered 5.5 gallons per minute were pretty
  common. If you have one of these, you should replace it as soon as
  possible. There are many good replacement shower heads that can
  be purchased for about $20 or less.
• For your faucets, the important item is the aerator. The aerator is
  that small component that you attach to the end of the faucet,
  usually it is screwed on. The aerator controls the amount of water
  that comes out of the faucet. There are basically two different
  standards that are in use today. For your kitchen faucet, you will
  likely be using an aerator that will allow 2.2 gallons of water per
  minute. Not sure how much water your aerator is allowing, fill up a
  gallon pitcher and see how long it takes. if it is about 30 seconds,
  you are ok. If not, consider changing your aerator. The standard for
  your bathroom faucet is somewhere between a half a gallon to one
  and a half per minute. An aerator is very easy to replace and do not
  cost very much at all. This is surely a DIY project that can save a lot
  of energy and water. When replacing it, be sure that you take your
  current one with you when you go to the hardware store so you can
  make sure you are getting one that will fit correctly.
• These simple changes can have a big impact
  on the amount of hot water you use and by
  lowering the amount used, you lower the
  amount heated, which means you will be
  spending less money every month on your
  utility bill.
• If you are in the Port Charlotte area and need
  a plumber, call the trusted Port Charlotte
  plumbing professionals at The Pipewright. We
  specialize in all areas of residential and
  commercial plumbing. From leaks and
  stoppages to Port Charlotte water heater
  repair to new construction, we have the
  people and skills to handle all your plumbing
  needs.

				
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