Our homes are our castles – a haven in which we can feel safe and relaxed. However, there are things we can do to reduce our eco-footprint and the ever increasing price of energy from stinging when the next energy bill arrives.
- Check all your taps inside and outside the home, and fix those that drip.
- Do you know the temperature of your hot water system? Hot water used from the tap should NOT be more than 50 degrees celsius – in fact 45 degrees is not only enough for comfortable usage, but reduces the energy consumption.
- Insulate your hot water pipes to keep water from cooling off too quickly between uses.
- Not sure how much water your shower head is pouring out? Perhaps it’s time to replace old faithful with a water-saving shower head, and if you want to reduce water output even further, reduce the amount of time you spend in the shower or have a quick rinse, turn off the tap, lather up with soap, then have a quick rinse off. Showers also use less water than a bathtub.
- Keep the bathroom door closed to prevent moisture from spreading throughout the home. Open a window to ventilate airflow where possible.
- When going on holiday or traveling for work for more than a week, turn the hot water cylinder off during this time as it’s just using energy for no reason.
- Use cold water for washing clothes where possible.
- Do you have a freezer that needs defrosting? Do it now to make it work more efficiently.
- And finally, have you just received your gas or water bill to find it’s much more than you expected and can’t see why? You may have hidden water or gas leaks leading to worse problems.
Don’t wait for a plumbing emergency to seek a plumber. Contact Rob at Garbers Plumbing to check, confirm, and fix problems where needed before a catastrophe strikes.