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LizzieWeakley posted a blog entry in Lizzie Weakley's Green BlogOne thing that affects many households is high energy bills. However, many people are left confused about what in their home could be causing their bills to skyrocket. While there are many possible causes, one thing most people don’t consider that often is their plumbing. However, issues relating to plumbing can certainly contribute to home’s energy inefficiency. Here are a few ways how. 1. It Is all About the Water Heater According to South West Plumbing, the number one source of plumbing energy problems is a home’s water heater. In fact, if you aren’t careful, energy consumption by your home’s water heater could balloon up to a quarter of your home’s entire energy use. The water heater is in fact the second largest user of most homes’ electricity right after the air conditioning system. With that in mind, the water heater is a likely culprit for high electricity bills in your home. So what can you do about it? The first choice is rather straight forward. You can lower the setting on the thermostat. It really doesn’t have to be higher than 120 degrees Fahrenheit. Installing a water heater insulation blanket will also do a good job of helping it better retain heat and waste less energy. Third, you could install a more energy efficient water heater with the Energy Star label. 2. Protect Your Pipes The second likely cause of a home’s plumbing system resulting in high energy bills is a lack of insulation around pipes. If pipes aren’t insulated, the hot water sent from your water heater to fixtures in your home will not remain at the same temperature. Instead, a good portion of that heat will escape to the surrounding air right through the pipes. Installing insulation around those pipes made out of foam or rubber, however, will do a good job of helping your hot water stay hot as it moves from the water heater to your bathrooms and kitchen. Insulation is also needed for plenty of other good reasons too like preventing your pipes from freezing up during the winter. 3. Use Less Hot Water Lastly, one way to cut down on your electricity bill is to use less hot water in general. Does every load you wash in your washing machine really need hot water? For many kinds of clothing, cold water will certainly suffice. There’s also no reason to use hot water when washing dishes or washing your hands. Taking shorter showers can go a long way too. There’s a few different ways your plumbing can inflate your energy bills. However, if you make sure your water heater is running efficiently, your pipes are insulated and hot water isn’t wasted in your home, you can certainly bring your electricity bills down significantly.
Plumbing emergencies can cause serious damage to your property, which besides costing you a lot of money, will most definitely make your everyday life uncomfortable. The best way to deal with plumbing issues is to perform regular maintenance and this is exactly what I am going to share with you in this article. Here are the ultimate tips to follow for dealing with all problems before they actually occur: Watch out for trouble The easiest thing to do in order to spot trouble with the plumbing system is to regularly examine it for leaks. Even the smallest leak can cause enormous water damage over time, so every sign of possible plumbing failure means it’s time to act! Fix issues early Even though small leaks doesn’t seem like a big deal, they need to be fixed immediately or they will cause damage to other parts of the plumbing systems. For example, leaky faucets actually wear out the sink and also cause the growth of mold! Keeping all issues fixed on time and learn how to stay on top of these problems. Prepare emergency plan In case of a plumbing emergency, there are certain steps that you need to follow – the first thing to do is to find the main shut-off valve and turn down the home water supply. In some cases these are hidden or require additional tools in order to be turned-off, so make sure you are prepared with all the tools you need in case of an emergency. Don’t panic, this is pretty much the worst thing you can do in case of an emergency. Turning off appliances Besides the main shut-off valve for the home’s water supply, you also need to know how to turn off all electric appliances that use this water. In case any of these fails, shutting down fast can save you from a lot of cleaning and possible even water damage! The sewer valve In some cases, the toilets are overflowing due to plumbing problems and knowing where the sewer valve is will definitely save you precious time, especially if you have hired a professional to help you with the emergency. Handling small issues You don’t need loads of knowledge and experience to tackle small plumbing issues around the home. You actually need just few tools and you are ready to solve some of the most common plumbing issues that occur in every household. If you want to increase your skillset, there are dozens of how-to books available at the local home improvement store and also online. Keeping the plumbing safe during the winter Probably the worst enemy of your home’s plumbing system is the cold weather. If you live in an area where the temperatures fall below zero during the winter on regular basis, keeping the plumbing safe during the winter is pretty much essential. What to do when the pipes freeze? In case the pipes freeze, first don’t panic and second follow the emergency routine you have supposedly created so far. Turn off the water supply to the clogged area and remember to never use an open flame when warming a frozen pipe. Once the water flow is restored, carefully examine the pipe for leaks or cracks. In cases when there are any signs of damage, you should call professional plumbers like Plumber Services Dublin.