With temperatures rising this week in the Hudson Valley, it’s beginning to feel like summer! Memorial Day weekend is upon us, marking the unofficial start of the season. This time of year, backyards are put to good use as people throughout the region enjoy outdoor fun, barbeques and gatherings. It is important to consider that home plumbing systems are also utilized more in the hot summer months from tasks such as washing cars, watering plants and more.
The following indoor and outdoor plumbing tips will help you save water and energy this summer:
• If you’ll be away on vacation for more than a few days, it’s a good idea to turn down or completely turn off your water heater until you return. Tip: some systems even have a “low” or “vacation mode” setting.
• It is best to water lawns and gardens in the early morning and evening after sunset, as water can be lost due to evaporation during a hot summer day. When watering your yard with a sprinkler system, be sure the water is aimed at the yard and not the driveway or sidewalk to avoid wastefulness.
• A slow drip from an outdoor spigot can lead to a significant amount of wasted water and an increase in your utility bill. Unsure if you have a leak? Shut off the faucet completely and place a piece of weighed down paper underneath. Check the paper later to assure that it is still dry.
• Install low-flow fixtures, which typically achieve water savings of 25% – 60% and can be purchased at a relatively low cost. Upgrade older toilets to new, energy-efficient models.
Looking to make some energy efficient improvements but tight on cash? Take advantage of low-interest financing with low interest payments conveniently built in to your existing utility bill. Offset your payments with the savings you earn!
At Nebrasky, we handle all phases of plumbing – installation, service and repair. Call us today at 1-800-989-0299 to learn more!