When it comes down to saving energy in your home, there are a zillion ways to make it work for you. Sometimes, it’s all about just disciplining yourself and following strict routine involving tasks that will cut down your bills but also save on energy. Your bath does consume a lot of water and energy from heating, shower’s are a better option hands-down. Here is how to save energy from showers and other plumbing fixtures around your house.
Make the switch
Many people still continue to have glorious baths, despite the convenience and many cool options available with showers. However, while I agree that baths are really relieving (if you ignore the fact that you are sitting in a liquid full of your own dirt and grime), shower’s save a lot of water if you are conscious.
Save on your shower time
I know it’s hard when you are basking under the warm comforting water pouring over your head but water resources are getting scarce and that’s enough reason to shorten your showers. But if you don’t reduce the amount of time you spend showering, you definitely won’t see much of a change in your energy savings either. Start by minimising 5 minutes at a time and you can gauge the difference in your water and energy savings.
Make sure it flows low
Most plumbing fixtures like shower heads, toilets and faucets around your house waste a lot of water when they are in use. Thankfully there is a way to solve this and lessen the amount of water wasted. Low-flow units have been introduced in the market and can be easily fixed yourself. If not, a good plumber can easily get a good job done for you. You will reduce costs majorly and also save on energy in the process.
Lower the heat
Hot water is great! It’s comforting, it’s relaxing but if your heater setting is high, you can burn yourself! You do not want that, do you? The higher your setting, the more energy your heater is consuming and you are at an additional risk of scalding.
Load it up
This is something I cannot seem to escape, considering I change my clothes about thrice a day! (work clothes, gym clothes, night clothes). This means that my laundry is always a full-load. But if you are tempted to wash only a handful of clothes, resist! Wait for your laundry to pile up a little more and do a full load. You will be saving tons of energy and water by doing so. The same logic applies to your dishwasher.