Winter can be an expensive time of year. There’s all the holiday shopping and expenses to contend with, plus higher utility costs. If you’re reeling from looking at your utility bills, try taking some steps to save money. A great way to do that is by making your plumbing more efficient. While some tips may cost a little up front, they’ll save you money in the long run.
As your appliances age, they become less and less efficient. Older dishwashers and washing machines may not drain properly, or use more water than necessary. Hot water heaters need regular maintenance as well to ensure they’re efficient . Old or worn out appliances lead to higher water, electric and gas bills. While it may be costly upfront, repairing or replacing your tired appliances will save money in the long run.
Furthermore, don’t ignore those leaky fixtures. That little leak from a shower head might not seem like a big deal, but you’re wasting a lot of water. The same goes for dripping faucets. As fixtures get old and accrue more lime and rust, they don’t work as effectively. Replacing them helps you use only the water you need and keeps that utility bill a little lower.
Winter is a great time to think about insulating your pipes. This is a cheap and easy way to increase your plumbing’s efficiency, and could potentially help you avoid major (and expensive) damage down the road. Pittsburghers know the headaches frozen pipes can cause. Sometimes the water simply won’t flow, but other times they can actually crack or burst.
Head to your local hardware store for pipe insulation and pop it on it seconds. The insulation protects your pipes from colder temperatures and other external dangers. Another benefit of insulating your pipes is that it keeps water warmer for longer. That means it won’t take as long for your hot water to get, well, hot. This saves water and, ultimately, money.
There are some plumbing tasks you just can’t tackle on your own. This is when it makes sense to call on an expert. Particularly, businesses and homes with a lot of occupants should consider routine plumbing maintenance to make sure things run smoothly throughout the year.
Calling a plumber can help you identify smaller issues before they become bigger ones. Instead of spending hundreds, if not thousands, on costly repairs, a regular visit from your plumber could help you avoid unnecessary expenses and a lot of headaches.
Whether you’re replacing appliances, need help with your pipes or just want to make your plumbing more efficient overall, Terry’s Plumbing has the experience and skill to help. Contact us today to explore your options.