With the rising cost of energy, we are always looking for ways to save both energy and money. When purchasing our appliances, central units, and water heaters we look at the energy labels, we add more insulation to our homes during remodels or a new build because every little bit counts. But did you know there are little things that you can do to help reduce your energy bill and save money throughout the year?

Graff showerhead

One of the easiest ways to reduce your water bill is to change your shower head and if you don’t already have one add an aerator to your kitchen faucet. For your aerator look for one that has a flow lower than 2.75 gpm, if you are not sure what yours is it will be best to change it.

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Showerheads come in a variety of shapes, and sizes but they also help to reduce the amount of water used when showering. Another way to save water is to reduce the amount of time in the shower.  A long hot shower always feels good after a long day, but the reality is the more water you use the more money you spend on not just water but also energy. It cost more money to heat a tank of water than it does to keep the tank hot.

A great way of saving energy is to replace your traditional water heater with a tankless water heater. A tankless water heater only heats the water that you need and doesn’t continuously try to keep the entire tank hot.

Duravit toilets

Toilets have come a long way over the year. Now you can buy water-saving toilets that have a dual flush, the dual flushed use less water for liquid waste and a higher flush for solid. Look for the gallons per flush the lower the gpf the better.

There is a reason for a dishwasher….dishwashers use less water! Dishwaters today are energy efficient, and use less water than hand washing but stay away from the power washing and heat washing settings. These settings use more water and more energy to heat already hot water.

Another energy saver is new washers and dryers, if you have an older set you might want to first look up the energy rating, and if you can’t find one replace it. Replacing a set of older units will save you more money and water at the end of the year and will pay for itself over the years. Newer washers will detect the amount of water needed and how dirty your clothes are and adjust the length of time and water needed to wash your clothes properly. You will also want to stick to cold water; detergents and bleaches now come for use in cold water washes. New dryers also come with added sensors to determine how wet your clothes are and will dry them accordingly. This not only saves on your energy bill and dryer but will also extend the life of your clothes.

Grohe sense water sensor

You can also save on water during those troublesome times of a water leak. Receive alerts in case of a water leak and prevent damage before it becomes a flood. Grohe Sense is your diligent water sensor that always keeps going for you. This water-saving sensor alerts you as soon as it detects a water leak. The moment that water meets the sensors, it emits a beeping sound and a pulsating red light. It will also alert you when if room temperature falls below 37°F which will prevent you from a potential frost risk. You will also get an alert when harmful humidity and save your house and property damage.

And light bulbs, we all have a love-hate relationship with the light bulb. Remember when you were a kid and your parents told you to “Turn off the lights! We aren’t made of money!” Well, it is because the typical light bulb needed more energy to light you can now swap all those bulbs with energy-saving LED bulbs which will save you money each year.

If you are looking for those kitchen and bathroom energy-saving fixtures, just contact us at Plumbtile.com and we will help you start saving money today!