The end of the calendar year is approaching. This is always a good time to reflect on the year gone by and look forward to the one ahead. Remember the lessons you learned. Reflect on milestones achieved and goals accomplished. And don’t forget to make those all-important New Year’s resolutions. Many people make it a goal of learning something new each year.
If that’s you, read on. You can make it your goal to learn to improve the environment, save money, and make your homework for you in 2020. All you need is to read on for three of the best tips plumbers want you to know for ringing in a successful New Year.
Saving Water, Saving the Planet
saving waterLearning to be water-wise is one of the best things you can do to save money and help the planet. By reducing water use, you can cut your bills and conserve extra water. So, what is this year’s tip for cutting down on your water use? Fix leaky faucets.
Leaky faucets are responsible for much of the water waste in people’s houses today. Leaks cause water to continuously drip even when the shower or sink is not in use. Dripping faucets add gallons of water to your overall water use and tack on the dollars when it comes time to pay your bill.
A standard leaky faucet drips a gallon of water every 5 hours on average. That means over 24 hours, you’ll have “used” almost 5 gallons of water all because of a leak. If your toilet leaks, you could be losing up to 200 gallons in a 24 hour period! That’s a lot of water. Fix those leaks, save your money, and help save the planet while you’re at it.
Upgrade with Eco-Friendly Pipe Materials
While most piping is made from PVC, there are more eco-friendly pipe options available. If you’re thinking about “going green” in the new year, here are some eco-friendly piping options to consider.
- Copper: Copper is considered eco-friendly because it doesn’t require adhesives that contribute to pollution and global warming. Copper can also be recycled and is regarded as a renewable resource.
- Cast Iron: Cast Iron is made entirely of recycled metals. It requires no pollution-causing compounds for installation. It is durable and efficient.
- Galvanized Steel: Galvanized steel is eco-friendly due to its recyclable nature. Galvanized steel requires little to no maintenance for the life of the pipe.
- Polyethylene Piping: This is the newest piping material to come on the market. Compared to copper, it helps save energy due to its capacity to retain heat. It is also more resistant to condensation.
Change and Maintain Your Water Filters
Often overlooked, water filters can help save you time and money by working with your entire plumbing system. The primary job of a water filter is to keep the water that flows through your house as clean as possible.
If water filters are not changed or maintained, they stop working as effectively. Clean water produces clean pipes, drains, and faucets. And this changes everything in your home, from your health, to how your plates look.
If the water becomes filled with metals or other materials, corrosion on your pipes, valves, and drains could occur as a result. Start with a new water filter at the beginning of the year and make sure to change it regularly. You could save your pipes from corroding.
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