With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, it might be a good time for you to show your plumbing system a little love, too. You can show how much you care by making some upgrades to the system, changes that not only will give you more efficient service, but will save you money as well.
Here are a few ideas for upgrades to your system:
- A circulation pump water heater.
Conventional water heaters can be costly. The problem is that with these heaters, water sits in the pipes when you aren’t using the hot water, and so it cools. That is why you have to wait a while for hot water after you turn on the faucet – a big waste of water and money.
Instead, get a water heater with a circulation pump, and you won’t have to worry about waiting for hot water when you turn on the faucet. These types of water heaters also save energy and money.
- Low-flow shower heads.
If you are looking to save money and also save water, low-flow is the way to go. You can save anywhere from 25 to 60 percent on your water usage with these types of shower heads.
There are basically two types of low-flow showerheads. The aerating showerhead combines water with air. It delivers a spray. The other type is called laminar, and it delivers streams of water. The one advantage of the laminar flow head is that you don’t get as much steam in the shower.
- Pipe insulation.
Pipes are not usually insulated, and because of this they lose heat a lot faster. This causes your water heater to work harder to get the temperature of the water up. Again, you end up wasting water and money. So, get your pipes insulated and save.
If you have an older home – 40 years or more – you may also want to think about replacing your pipes. Pipes in these older homes are commonly made from galvanized steel, which corrodes and can lead to clogs in the pipes. Copper pipes are much more efficient.
- Water recycling systems.
Another way to save time and money – and help the environment – is to get a greywater recycling system. This system uses water from the shower and faucets and other fixtures – everywhere except the toilet – to perform tasks such as watering the lawn or garden or pumping the water into an outside container. The water is not contaminated because none of it comes from the toilet.