Last edited 27 Nov 2019

3 Ways to Make the plumbing of your home more efficient

Out of all the processes going on in our houses, plumbing is potentially one of the most disregarded departments.

Until there’s a flood or the bills become annoyingly big.

We say bills because your plumbing affects more than just your water bill – it also extends to your electricity usage.

The thing is, water heaters tend to use up a lot of energy for naught, especially if we don’t pay attention to them. For example, if you leave a water heater on and leave on a fortnight’s vacation, you will have to pay the electricity bills as though you’ve been home the whole time and bathed a herd of muddy elephants at that, too.

Of course, other than electricity, the way the plumbing in your home is installed and functions also affects the, what else – water consumption. Allow your toilet to gobble up too much water every time you bring a spiral closure to your potty ventures, so to speak, and you’ll find yourself scratching your head trying to figure out what’s happened to the water bill all of a sudden.

In this article, we’re going to talk about how you can make the plumbing in your home more efficient and therefore cut the costs of both water and electricity consumption fairly easily. As you will see, most of these measures can be executed within minutes or half an hour at most, so you have nothing to lose by trying these on for size.

Right then folks, without further ado, here’s the deal.

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[edit] 3 Ways to Make Your House Plumbing More Efficient

[edit] 1) Reducing Water Heater Temperature

As we’ve mentioned above, simply tweaking your water heater a tad can make a difference when it comes to how much energy it uses to make your water hot.

When it comes to some of the newer water heater models, the deal is quite straightforward. Since many manufacturers of these appliances equip their water heaters with an adjustable thermostat, so you can always simply rotate it (if the dial is rotary, and most of them are) to the setting to which you deem fits what you need.

Here’s another thing.

Most of the older water heaters also have adjustable thermostats, it just happens that the folks owning them don’t even know it. So, instead of a convenient dial, you can set in seconds, you'll probably have to 'unmask' your water heater and look for the thermostat. When you find it, there’ll be a small knob you can twist by a Philips screwdriver.

The only thing to pay attention to would be the sort of thermostat your water heater has. You can probably check this on the manufacturer’s page, so you’ll be able to find this piece of information fairly easily.

[edit] 2) Upgrading Your Faucets

A small leak in your faucet can quickly turn into a big one if you’re not careful enough.

This isn’t a big fix, either.

First off, determine the culprit for the leak. More often than not, it’s just a screw that has not been tightened well enough. If this is the source of the problem, you can simply tighten it back to the position it should be.

If the faucet itself has been damaged, though, and it’s causing a leak, you may want to change the entire thing. This may sound rough, but faucets aren’t that expensive, so you won’t have to pony up for much.

For cases where there’s a bigger leak, on the other hand, that’s within the walls, you may need to hire professional help. For example, professional plumbing services in Canberra represent a team of excellent Australian plumbers that can help you with your leaks, no matter how tough they are.

[edit] 3) Fitting a Low-Flow Showerhead

Another way of saving water, and thus money would be to fit a low-flow showerhead in your bathroom.

Many people don’t know this, but your standard showerhead can put out as much as 25 liters of water in a minute, so if you're looking to save money, find a showerhead model that doesn't spew out so much water willy-nilly.

All things considered, making your plumbing systems more efficient is all about saving money by not having to pay as steep an electricity bill or water bill. Even simple tweaks and fixes here and there can make a massive difference if you look at it in the long run.