Unless you have a money tree growing in your backyard or a trust fund, you are probably looking for ways to save money around your home. One place to start is by looking at your family’s water consumption. By reducing the amount of water that you use both inside and outside of your home, you may be able to save on your water bill along with doing something good for the environment by conserving water.
It’s always frustrating when you know you shouldn’t have run out of hot water during a shower, but it always seems to happen. In quite a few cases, people assume there’s something wrong with their hot water heater and that it needs to a replacement. Sometimes, they happen to be correct. When you have a hot water heater that was installed a short time ago, however, and you know it has a lot of capacity, this whole issue can be rather mysterious.
Water fluoridation has been a standard procedure for most municipalities for a very long time. Some people, however, object to having fluoride added to their water. In fact, what some people want is to have water that is as close to pure as possible coming out of their faucet when they go to take a drink.
Thanks to the Internet and blogs such as these, everyone has become a plumber offering at-home remedies for the do-it-yourselfer that thinks he can tackle those clogged drains on his or her own. However, some of those home remedies can actually cause more damage than good.
Today, we’re going to explore some of the most popular home remedies that actually create more damage than they repair.
Pouring chemicals down a clogged drain
There are a lot of popular, drug store chemicals that claim they can clear a drain with just one pour. However, these cleaners are laden with chemicals that can do more harm than gain. In fact, chemicals like the ones found in Drain-O could do more harm than good.
Install a Low-Flow Showerhead
Your shower uses around 22% of the total water you use in your home. A good portion of that water takes a bypass through your water heater raising your energy bill. For instance, with an old shower head, a 5-minute shower would use about 30 gallons of water. If you’re like the average American, you’re probably doing the water math now trying to figure out how much money you wasted on a low-flow shower head. The result? You can cut your shower water use by two thirds.
Install a Low-Flow Faucet Aerator