How to Save Water at Home – Guaranteed
Posted on by on 25th June 2014 with 0 comment
These days, saving water isn’t just a way skimp on your water bill; it’s a way of life. More and more Los Angeles residents are either fully “going green”, or simply trying to live more efficiently. Water conservation happens to be an easy way to trim the fat around the house. True, you’ll save money, but you’ll also help reserve California’s limited resources.
Right now limited water use is still optional, but if we follow the lead of other states that have recently passed laws that mandate more efficient fixtures, we may be required to do it in the near future.
If you’re interested in saving money through less water use, or just want to maintain your home’s overall value for eventual resale, here are a few measures that you can take.
Tankless Water Heaters
The past few years have seen a surge in popularity of a leaner, more efficient heater for your home’s water supply. The idea behind it is pretty basic. Rather than expending vast amounts of energy to continually heat water, it heats up on demand.
So for example, when you turn on your shower, the water will start heating then. This is different from the traditional water heaters, which keep a running supply of hot water going, whether or not you’re using it. Consequently, you save on energy, water usage and money, although detractors dispute that last part. They claim that the high purchase price up front (approximately $1,000 versus $400 for an older model) undercuts the overall savings.
However, with a tankless heater, you also pay for added space in your home. They’re much smaller, allowing you extra room for storage.
Fixtures are responsible for dispensing much of the water we use. Faucets in particular deliver it for washing our hands, washing dishes, and myriad other reasons that we don’t always think about. Many manufacturers make more efficient fixtures than what typically came equipped with older homes. But sometimes the volumes of water saved can vary. The best bet is to follow the federally approved fixtures, so you don’t have to possibly replace them in the future.
The easiest way to make your home more efficient is by leaving it to a professional. For the best plumber Los Angeles has to offer, call Joseph Davidson. From Culver City to the West Side, we’ll assess your home’s requirements and based on your preferences, install the best replacements.
For example, replacing your current toilet with an efficient model can reduce your usage per flush from 1.6 gallons or more, down to 1.28 gallons. On paper this may not sound like a worthwhile difference, but think about the big picture for a minute. If you have a family of 4, for example, that could amount to a serious savings over the course of a week, a year, etc.
Shower heads are another great way to reduce. Older, pre 1992 models are most likely wasting unnecessary water. Ask a plumber about a more modern and approved replacement.