When we make our homes more energy efficient, our utility bills will be more affordable. Surprisingly enough, our plumbing fixtures can be the reason for why your utility bill is so high. When we continue to use old appliances that use up a lot of energy, then of course, our bills are going to be more expensive. Most people don’t think about their plumbing system, however, when they think about the energy that they are using. Yet, we continue to waste water and other features because of our old plumbing fixtures. Lucky, Gold Star can tell you which updates you can make to help you save more money.
Plumbing Fixtures and Gold Star Go Hand in Hand
Gold Star knows what it means to save money on your home and how valuable it can be to you. That is why we always try to give you high-quality service whenever we stop by. We have well-trained and experienced contractors who know what it means to make a difference for your home. When it comes to plumbing fixtures, we know how to repair and install new appliances for your home so that you can save more money and reduce your carbon footprint. If you’re in need of maintenance checks, then we’ll be happy to complete those services for you. We have experts throughout our company who are readily prepared any task. So, when it comes to plumbing fixtures, just know that you can trust to get the job done, in a clean and professional manner. Take these plumbing fixtures and keep them in mind the next time you see your next utility bill.
Upgrade Leaky Pipes
Did you know that a leaky faucet can waste up to 20 gallons of water a day? That’s thousands of dollars right out of your pocket. And not only that, but leaky faucets and leaky pipes can also create mold spores, which raises major health concerns for you and your family. The water damage can also be daunting. Water damage can end up costing tens of thousands of dollars to fix if it is left untreated for too long.
Low-Flow Shower Heads
When low-flow shower heads were first introduced, they weren’t necessarily the most efficient product. Twenty years later, they now have the ability to produce more pressure with a lesser amount of water. Back then, shower heads used to use five to eight gallons of water per minute, otherwise known as GPM. Today’s showerheads are 2.5 gallons per minute, and more specifically, low-flow shower heads use as little as 2 gallons per minute. A vast improvement compared to other outdated plumbing fixtures.
Heat can get lost along the way with pipes that are poorly insulated. Pipe insulation helps reduce heating loss when hot water is carrying through. You can reduce your water heater temperature to 120-degrees or lower when you insulate your pipes properly. While the payment for new insulation can be expensive, it’s a great option to consider during new construction or a major remodel.
If you want to save water without reducing water pressure, replacing your current sink faucet with low-flow faucets can do just the thing. This plumbing fixture can actually drop water usage from 2.5 gallons per minute to 1.5 gallons per minute – which saves you up to 13,000 gallons of water a year for any typical household. You’ll save hundreds of dollars a year in savings. Modern day kitchen faucets even offer built-in water filters, which helps you not only drink more clean tap water but lets you cut down on bottled water consumption.
Fun fact: More than 40% of all U.S. households use toilets that use 3.5 or more gallons of water per flush. What a waste of water! New and modern toilets use as little as one gallon per flush. Talk about an efficient plumbing fixture. There are even toilets that offer dual flushing capabilities, which is one of the most energy-efficient options for homeowners today. One way to know if your toilet, or a toilet you might consider purchasing, is energy-efficient is if you see an Environmental Protection Agency’s “water sense” label on it. This will tell you that the toilet has been tested for maximum flushing power—which also means you can save thousands of gallons of water a year.
Tankless Water Heaters
Another plumbing fixture worth investing in. Tankless water heaters or demand water heaters will only heat water when needed. While they might be on the pricier end of things, their energy-saving potential outweighs the cost. A typical water heater will keep up to 40 or 50 gallons of water hot all the time. This concept is incredibly wasteful and inefficient—but a plumbing fixture you can solve easily!
Don’t continue to waste money on outdated and old plumbing fixtures, and instead upgrade to save more money—Call Gold Star Plumbing today!