Your Home's Plumbing System Could Be Wasting Tons of Water, and It May Be Costing You Money While Harming the Environment!
A lot of people long for the good old days, as do I, however, there are some changes in society
that are welcomed. I'm speaking about recycling. Today, almost every community has a way you can easily recycle products that you use on a daily basis, such as aluminum cans, scrap paper, and glass jars and bottles.
These are some great initial steps to help our environment and live in a healthier world. However, there are more things that can be done. In particular, you may not realize this, but your plumbing system can be incredibly wasteful right at this very moment it could be wasting tons of water. Not only is that bad for the environment; it's bad for your pocket book! Here are some crazy statistics that you may find interesting:
ONE dripping faucet can waste more than 180 gallons of water a month and 2,160 gallons per year!
Due to inefficient water heaters, people run showers and faucets waiting for the water to get warm. In the process, they waste on average 9,000 gallons of water each year!
A single leaky toilet can waste tens of thousands of gallons in just one year, enough water to fill a backyard swimming pool! And according to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), 20 to 40 percent of ALL toilets leak!
Here's another interesting statistic: If your home is more than 15 years old, you could easily be wasting thousands of gallons of water every year and causing fattened water bills! You see, in 1994, the National Energy Policy Act was passed. It set standards on all plumbing fixtures forcing them to become more efficient. So, if your home was constructed before 1994, it's highly likely that its plumbing is drastically behind new, regimented standards. On average, it could be devouring TWO TIMES more water than necessary! If you're looking to slow down your water waste, here are a few home improvements you may want to consider:
Eliminate leaks and drippy faucets: A small leak of just one drip per second can cost you $1 per month. When you consider how many toilets leak, the average homeowner could be losing hundreds of dollars each year.
Install aerators in old faucets: Faucets installed prior to 1994 use an excessive amount of water compared to today's models. An aerator can be installed in a faucet and cut waste by 25 percent.
Install new faucets: Rather than opting for an aerator, install a brand-new faucet. New faucets can reduce water waste by as much as 50 percent.
Install new showerheads: Like faucets, showerheads installed before 1994 also use more water than is necessary. New high-efficiency showerheads can reduce water waste by as much as 60 percent!
Install new toilets: Toilets use 30 percent of every home's water supply making it the single highest indoor consumer. Toilets installed prior to 1994 use twice as much water, and toilets installed before 1980 use almost five times more! A new toilet can save at least 3,400 gallons of water per year.
Give us a call at Advanced Plumbing, 506-877-1077, and we can send a highly trained technician to do a complimentary, comprehensive plumbing inspection. You will receive a detailed report on any upgrades you should consider making to save both water and energy. Of course, you aren't committed to buy a thing. But if you decide to make any upgrades, mention this newsletter to receive $10 OFF!
10 Inexpensive Things to Do in Fall!
Fall is my favorite time of year. The world just seems perfect to me during these special months. I even feel a strange sense of renewal in the fall, which really makes no sense since leaves are falling from trees and nature is starting to go dormant in preparation for winter. Maybe it is because I am trying to squeeze in some final outdoor activities that I feel a burst of energy.
So, to celebrate my favorite season, I am sharing a list of things to do in fallthey all cost very little. (Some items on the list are more fun than others...)
1. Hop on your bike and head to a bike trail.
2. Visit a cider mill. It is a tradition that cannot be missed! Often there are walking trails on the grounds; make a day out of it!
3. Have a bonfire in the backyard. Kids love roasting marshmallows. It is a great way to reconnect as a family.
4. Plant some mums and bulbs. To greater ensure your mums will survive the winter, plant them in the ground ASAP after buying them as opposed to leaving them in pots on the porch. Planting bulbs that will sprout up in spring is another great fall activity. However, don't plant bulbs too soon. Wait until at least the first frost before putting bulbs in the ground so they stay cool.
5. Gather up the kids, buy a pumpkin, and bake a pumpkin pie from scratch.
6. Make caramel apples. Melt caramels and dip in the fresh picked apples.
7. Rake leaves or clean gutters for an elderly or neighbor (or yourself!).
8. Replace batteries in smoke detector(s).
9. Go for a nice drive to enjoy the colors, and pull over and have a picnic along the way.
10. Get an early start on holiday shopping by taking advantage of coupons and sales now and spread your spending over months instead of a couple of weeks.
Daniel Leger Client Service Advisor / Business Owner