How To Save Energy By Upgrading Your Plumbing

When people think about saving energy, whether it be gas or electric, often their minds go to things like heating and cooling the home, or changing out light bulbs for more efficient ones. However, while it might not be on your mind, you can actually save a considerable amount of energy every month by improving the plumbing in your home. Here are two ways to significantly cut down on your electric or heating bill.

Tankless Water Heater

To start, you can upgrade to a tankless water heater. Tankless water heaters heat water as it passes through them, effectively heating water on the fly. While this may not seem like a big deal, it actually is.

With a tankless water heater, you use gas or electricity to heat the water while the water is running. When you shut off the water, the gas or electricity gets shut off, too. However, things are completely different from a standard tank water heater. Tank water heaters need to keep all the water in the tank hot so that it's ready for you no matter whether it's day or night. This means that your standard hot water heater is constantly using electricity or gas to keep that water heated, even when you don't need it. That means that for hours of the day and night when you're not home, or simply asleep, your water heater is still eating up energy without providing much of a valuable service. By switching to a tankless variety, you can put a stop to this.

Pipe Insulation

Pipe insulation is something that's often overlooked, but it can go a long way to saving energy. When coupled with a tankless water heater, it's especially effective.

Chances are you've turned on a hot water tap only to find that you have to wait a minute or more for it to actually produce hot water. Not only are you wasting water by doing this, but you're also draining your hot water tank of hot water that's essentially being wasted. That's because the heat of the water is being lost as it travels through cold pipes. Until the pipes warm-up - which may take some time if it's cold outside - you won't be able to get hot water.

By insulating your pipes, you dramatically cut down on the amount of impact the weather has on your plumbing. This means hot water will come out hot much more quickly, and while it doesn't provide an energy bonus, it also ensures that cold water will actually be cold during the hot summer months.

These two methods can go a long way to reducing your energy bill and saving water, too. Contact a plumbing contractor if you're ready to make some changes to save money and energy.