As the heating season approaches savvy homeowners begin cooking up their schemes to roll back energy costs this winter
. What many homeowners do not give much consideration to – often until a problem arises – is the conservation of water throughout the winter. Both are important, if for different reasons. J. Downs Plumbing
has some information to share with you about how you can improve both your energy efficiency and water conservation this winter. Cut down on the amount of resources you use and watch the saving begin to add up this heating season.
Some of the most effective ways to save energy during the winter months are also the simplest. Did you know that you can reverse the rotation of your ceiling fans? Flip a switch on the fixture and keep them going clockwise. This is generally the winter setting and it forces heated air back down to the living space from the ceiling. You can also buy shrink-wrap and weather-stripping to winterize your doors and windows. Keeping the heat inside your home is one of the most basic ways to reduce heating costs during the winter. Of course the best way you can keep your home heating system as efficiently as possible is to schedule regular, professional maintenance. When your heating system is operating effectively, efficiency soon follows.
Saving water during the winter is a bit different. Some water saving methods are automatic in the winter, such as cutting down on the water you use to maintain your lawn. This is much more of a spring or summertime concern. One thing people tend to do in the winter is spend more time in a nice, hot shower. It may be a nice respite when you get back from the cold outdoors, but remember that you are paying for that water just like always. The biggest water waste concern in the winter is the freezing of your pipes. Make sure that they are properly insulated and, if you are going away, be sure to drain them to prevent bursting. A burst pipe, as you can imagine, is a pretty serious way to waste water.
For more information about cutting costs and increasing water and energy efficiency in Olympia, WA this winter contact J. Downs Plumbing. Let us help you improve your comfort while retaining more of your budget. Schedule service