Plumbing, Heating, & Cooling Tips
Please note: We are offering industry tips for your information and benefit however, we cannot guarantee any results.
- Listen for dripping faucets and running toilets.
Fixing a leak can save 300 gallons a month or more (www.useitwisely.com)and many times can be repaired
by just replacing washers. If the faucet leak cant be repaired by replacing washers,
consider replacing the faucet with a model designed to conserve water. You can
use up to 1/3 less water depending on the faucet you choose. If you need to replace
or repair your faucet call Phase 2 Services today!
- Monitor your water bill for unusually high use.
Your bill and water meter are tools that can help you discover leaks.(www.useitwisely.com)
- Put food coloring in your toilet tank. If it seeps
into the toilet bowl without flushing, you have a leak. Fixing it can save up to
1,000 gallons a month.(www.useitwisely.com)
- Learn the location of your water shut off valves
throughout your home before anything happens. Most homes have a main water shutoff
valve in the basement where the water line enters the house.
- Toilets consume more than 40% of your total water
- Government regulations require all new toilets
to be water saving models with a maximum flush capacity of 1.6 gallons.
- If your toilet was installed before 1992, reduce the amount of water used for each flush by inserting a displacement device (a brick,
a filled plastic container, etc.) in the tank. When possible, upgrade older toilets
with water efficient models. Call Phase 2 Services to review the toilet replacement
- Use toilet paper sparingly and avoid dropping anything
in the toilet that doesnt belong there. If you notice persistent or repeated clogging,
call Phase 2 Services today!
- Make sure toilets flush properly. If the handle
must be held down for a thorough flush or jiggled to stop the water from running,
you may need to replace worn tank parts. They're inexpensive and you'll notice
a lower water bill. Call Phase 2 Services today to schedule a service call to replace
those toilet parts!
- If you notice water at the base of your toilet,
it may be leaking. If the leak is coming from under the base, it will eventually
rot your floor and possibly your subfloor as well. Call phase 2 Services today
to repair or replace that toilet immediately to prevent water damage.
- If your dishwasher is new, cut back on rinsing
dishes before loading them into the dishwasher. Newer models clean more thoroughly
than older ones.
- Run cold water down the drain for about 15 seconds
before and after using the garbage disposal to help flush waste down the main line.
- Conserve energy by checking the temperature setting
on your water heater. It should not be above 120 degrees F (medium setting on older
models) to prevent scalding and reduce energy.
- Consider replacing a water heater more than 15
years old. (the first four numbers of the serial number represent the month and
the year it was made) Newer water heaters are more energy efficient and can prevent
basement flooding. Call Phase 2 Services for a replacement estimate today!
- A rusty water tank is a sign of pending problems.
- Natural gas and propane water heaters are about
3 times less expensive to operate than electric.
- Turn off your water heater while on vacation.
- The secret to extending the life of your water
heater is soft water. You know you have hard water if you regularly see spotting
on your faucets and fixtures. Minerals in the hard water cause corrosion in the
hot water tank and can reduce their life & efficiency. A water softener can
solve the problem. Contact Phase 2 Services today for more information about water
- Turn off the water while brushing your teeth and
you will save 25 gallons a month.(www.useitwisely.com)
- Turn off the water while you shave and save 300
gallons a month.(www.useitwisely.com)
- When washing your hands, dont let the water run
while you lather.
- When shopping for a new clothes washer, compare
savings ratings among Energy Star models. Some of these can save up to 20 gallons
per load, and energy too.(www.useitwisely.com)
- Shorten your shower by a minute or two and youll
save up to 150 gallons a month.(www.useitwisely.com)
- Upgrade older toilets to water efficient models.
- Use a water efficient showerhead. Theyre inexpensive
and easy to install, and can save you up to 750 gallons a month.(www.useitwisely.com)
- Avoid flushing the toilet un-necessarily. Dispose
of tissues, insects, and other similar waste in the trash rather than the toilet.
- Operate automatic dishwashers only when they are
fully loaded and consider using the light wash feature to save water.
- Check your well pump periodically. If the automatic pump turns on and
off while water is not being used, you have a leak.
- Avoid leaving sprinklers or hoses unattended. A garden hose can pour
out 600 gallons or more in only a few hours.(www.fema.gov/areyouready/appendix_a.shtm)
HEATING & COOLING TIPS
- Install a programmable thermostat. When used properly
you can save $100 off your annual energy bills.
- According to the US Department of Energy, homeowners
can save up to 10% a year on energy and cooling bills by simply turning the thermostat
back by 10-15 degrees.(www.energy.gov)
Vents/ registers/ grills
- Maintain efficiency by keeping all heating and
cooling registers free of obstructions (furniture, draperies, etc.)
- Keep radiators free of dust for top efficiency.
- Close the grills in un-used rooms and closet doors
closed when not in use.
- Install glass doors on the fireplace for added
insulation and reduced heat loss.
- Close the fireplace damper when not in use.
Windows & Blinds
- Let the sun shine in during the winter and keep
drapes and shades closed during the summer. The south side of your home gets the
most sunlight year round. Eastern windows get sunlight in the morning and west
facing windows receive sunlight in the afternoon.
- Open windows on cool summer nights.
- Reflective window coatings can help reflect heat
away from your home or workplace.
- Plant shade trees to shade your house from the
sun during the summer it could save up to 8% on cooling costs.(www.energysavers.gov)
- Make sure your attic has at least 6 inches of good
- Wrap your pipes to guard against condensation,
heat loss, and to prevent them
- Install an attic fan. It can cool your attic
by almost 30 degrees!
- Use ceiling fans to cool your home. They are much
cheaper to operate than air conditioners and moving air feels cooler, so you can
keep your thermostat setting higher in the summer.