Plumbing, Heating, & Cooling Tips

PLUMBING TIPS

Please note: We are offering industry tips for your information and benefit however, we cannot guarantee any results.

Leaks

  1. 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!
  2. Monitor your water bill for unusually high use. Your bill and water meter are tools that can help you discover leaks.(www.useitwisely.com)
  3. 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)
  4. 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

  1. Toilets consume more than 40% of your total water usage.
  2. Government regulations require all new toilets to be water saving models with a maximum flush capacity of 1.6 gallons.
  3. If your toilet was installed before 1992, reduce the amount of water used for each fHome Bathroom Remodelinglush 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 options.
  4. 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!
  5. 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!
  6. 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.
Appliances
  1. If your dishwasher is new, cut back on rinsing dishes before loading them into the dishwasher. Newer models clean more thoroughly than older ones.
  2. 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.
Water Heater
  1. 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.
  2. 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!
  3. A rusty water tank is a sign of pending problems.
  4. Natural gas and propane water heaters are about 3 times less expensive to operate than electric.
  5. Turn off your water heater while on vacation.
  6. 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 softners.
Water Conservation
  1. Turn off the water while brushing your teeth and you will save 25 gallons a month.(www.useitwisely.com)
  2. Turn off the water while you shave and save 300 gallons a month.(www.useitwisely.com)Home Bathroom Remodeling
  3. When washing your hands, dont let the water run while you lather.
  4. 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)
  5. Shorten your shower by a minute or two and youll save up to 150 gallons a month.(www.useitwisely.com)
  6. Upgrade older toilets to water efficient models.
  7. Use a water efficient showerhead. Theyre inexpensive and easy to install, and can save you up to 750 gallons a month.(www.useitwisely.com)
  8. Avoid flushing the toilet un-necessarily. Dispose of tissues, insects, and other similar waste in the trash rather than the toilet.
  9. Operate automatic dishwashers only when they are fully loaded and consider using the light wash feature to save water.
  10. Check your well pump periodically. If the automatic pump turns on and off while water is not being used, you have a leak.
  11. 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

Thermostats

  1. Install a programmable thermostat. When used properly you can save $100 off your annual energy bills.
  2. 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

  1. Maintain efficiency by keeping all heating and cooling registers free of obstructions (furniture, draperies, etc.)
  2. Keep radiators free of dust for top efficiency.
  3. Close the grills in un-used rooms and closet doors closed when not in use.

Fireplace

  1. Install glass doors on the fireplace for added insulation and reduced heat loss.
  2. Close the fireplace damper when not in use.

Windows & Blinds

  1. Let the sun shine in during the winter and keep drapes and shades closed during the summHome Interior Design Serviceser. 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.
  2. Open windows on cool summer nights.
  3. Reflective window coatings can help reflect heat away from your home or workplace.
  4. 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)

Insulation

  1. Make sure your attic has at least 6 inches of good thermal insulation.
  2. Wrap your pipes to guard against condensation, heat loss, and to prevent them
    from freezing.

Fans

  1. Install an attic fan. It can cool your attic by almost 30 degrees!
  2. 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.

 

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