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The most trusted name in Raleigh NC professional plumbers, Poole’s Plumbing, have some helpful pointers to help you save money and avoid wasting water with these Kitchen Water Conservation Tips.

These Kitchen Water Conservation Tips are all simple actions that can be taken by anyone around the house. Just staying on top of these suggestions will help you and your family save.

Kitchen Water Conservation Tips: Is the Water Running?

One of our Kitchen Water Conservation Tips entails simply watching how long the faucet is running during several activities. This comes into play during several kitchen activities, one being, when washing dishes by hand. This simple conservation method is to fill both sides of the sink up, utilizing one as a wash side and the other to rinse. Thus, the continuous stream of running water you’d usually waste doing this is eliminated.

Soaking Instead of a Rinse or a Scrub Equals Saving

Next, in our simple Kitchen Water Conservation Tips is to have some patience, which in turn will allow you to conserve.  To start with, while cleaning your pots and pans, let them soak long enough to soften the debris. This will make for an easier time scrubbing for you. Likewise, you will not be wasting the water pouring and pouring out of the faucet over the pans as you scrub away. Therefore,  if you are washing fruits and vegetables, filling a pan to do this, cuts down on much waste, as well. Once again, this savings comes from not having the continuous stream coming from the faucet in cleaning these items. To take that process a step further in conserving, after you’ve washed the produce, use the water from the pan to water plants around the house.

Let Dishwashers and Disposals Do Their Job

The next appliance to focus on with our Kitchen Water Conservation Tips where you can greatly save is the dishwasher. First, by only running it when full the average household can save 1,000 gallons of water per month.

Furthermore, if you have a newer model dishwasher, they are powerful enough and made to clean more thoroughly. Thus, you can cut back on the time spent rinsing. The garbage disposal is another item that by utilizing our simple Kitchen Water Conservation Tips you can save in areas you may not even have realized you were being wasteful. Most obviously, simply use the disposal only when necessary. Composting with and using the peeling and trimming from veggies or fruit will save you from wasting gallons of water while running the disposal.

Your own consumption of water is the last item we touch on in our Kitchen Water Conservation Tips. For your own drinking purposes, fill a pitcher with water to keep in the refrigerator. This keeps you from constantly refilling at the sink. Also, use the same glass throughout the day. This avoids dirtying several glasses and thus filling up the dishwasher for more frequently.

These easy-to-do- Kitchen Water Conservation Tips from the Raleigh plumbing experts at Poole’s Plumbing can get you on the right path. Consequently, in doing so, it can also conserve water and save on your water bill, too.

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Should you go Tankless? Or opt for the Traditional Water Heaters? The Raleigh water heater specialists at Poole’s Plumbing specialize in installation and servicing of your water heater….tank or no tank! With a wide selection of both models, can help educate you on that choice.

Continuing in our series on water heaters, we will walk through benefits, drawbacks, and other considerations when making the decision on a Traditional Water Heaters or Tankless. We will look at and list these out for each style water heater, in easy to read bullet points below:

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Regardless of which works best for you, making the proper choice in water heaters can be one that helps you save money.

Pros and Cons of Traditional Water Heaters (Tank)

Pros:

  • Lower initial cost – A traditional water heater installation can be half as much as a tankless water heater.
  • Easy and inexpensive to replace – Fewer installation complications means less possibility of a problem.

Cons:

  • Higher utility bill – Traditional units heat and reheat water at a pre-set temperature. Your water needs and water do not factor into this. This will increase your utility bill, especially during the winter months.
  • Bigger and harder to place – They occupy more room and can’t be placed outside.
  • Can run out of hot water – Have you ever been the last in line to get the shower after the rest of the family? If in a hurry…it’s gonna be a cold one. This problem can be avoided by purchasing a larger tank.
  • Shorter life – On average, traditional units last between 10-15 years. This means there’s more turnover and therefore you have to buy a traditional heater about twice as often as a tankless one.
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Up to two to three gallons of hot water is accessible “on demand” with a tankless unit.

Pros and cons of Tankless Water Heaters

Pros:

  • Saves money in the long run – According to energy.gov, “For homes that use 41 gallons or less of hot water daily, tankless water heaters can be 24-34 percent more energy efficient than conventional storage tank water heaters.”
  • Doesn’t take up much space – They are small and can be more easily installed in more places. In some cases, tankless units can even be installed outside on a wall.
  • Longer Life – On average, a tankless model will last 20-plus years. In some cases, this is almost double the life of a traditional unit.
  • Hot Water on Demand – Provides two to three gallons of hot water per minute on demand.

Cons:

  • Higher Cost of Installation – Both the units and installation cost considerably more than the traditional units for the initial purchase and install.
  • “Retrofitting” – Replacing a traditional water heater with a tankless system is known as “retrofitting.” This is a bit more complicated than simply replacing a traditional with a traditional unit, or a tankless with a new tankless model. Thus, this will also factor into the installation cost increasing even further.
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The tankless units are more compact and take up lesss space.

Other Considerations:

  • Water heating accounts for about 20 percent of your home energy budget.
  • A whole-house electric model costs $500-$700.
  • A whole-house gas model costs $1,000-$2,000.
  • Electric models are generally cheaper to install than gas.
  • Natural gas is currently less expensive but expected to surpass electricity in price in the coming years.
  • A standard bathtub holds about 35 gallons, soaking tubs hold between 45-80 gallons.

The Decision is Yours

The decision to “go tankless,” or to “go traditional,” when it comes to your selection in a water heater is all yours, but hopefully with some of the pros and cons here provided by us, your trusted Raleigh professional plumbers at Poole’s Plumbing, your decision can be one a bit more educated and as always, we would be happy to assist not only in the installation but also in giving any final advice on last minute questions you may have when it comes replacement time.

For more information on and from the most trusted name in Raleigh water heater installation and repair, Poole’s Plumbing, visit. poolesplumbing.com.

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During these times of having to spend a lot more time in our homes, many are thinking of ways or projects to upgrade. While on quarantine and thinking of this, you can certainly achieve Water Bill Savings if you keep better tabs on your plumbing system. In this article, your friends here at Poole’s Plumbing will offer up eight reminders/tips that if you stay on top of will keep your household budget lower. So, in addition to being the “upgrade” you were hoping for, you will also save yourself money.

1.) Inspecting and Pumping Your Septic System

On average, it is recommended to have a household’s septic system inspected every three years by a professional. Similarly, a home’s septic tank should be pumped every three to five years.

2.) Water Bill Savings From Replacing Out-Dated Faucets

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Replacing older faucets with a newer, more efficient model can help conserve.

Getting back to the “upgrades” you are hoping to make while quarantined. Maybe your kitchen or bathroom faucets have become outdated? Well, the upgrade, in this case, could not only be more attractive in appearance. It more than likely will prove more attractive financially in the big picture too.

To explain, as faucets get older, they don’t just look as they’ve gotten older. Your faucet adjusts the amount of water passing through and in time can see your bill increase as they become less efficient. With more current designs always aiming to conserve and reduce flow, replacing old faucets is a sure way to help you save.

3.) Keep a Closer Eye on Your Water Meter

This should seem obvious once you read it. Water Bill Savings can stem from directly keeping a better eye on your water meter. By doing this, you can avoid or detect a possible leak, which will for sure lead to a higher bill.

The water meter in one’s home goes from the water mainline (outdoors) to a metered box also on the outside of your house.

4.) Recognizing Drips can Be Key in Water Bill Savings

Again, at the risk of pointing out the obvious comes the fourth entry on this list. That being said, when you notice puddles or standing water in your basement, this means you have a plumbing leak. 

A loose valve could be the cause of a leak. Likewise, it could be a cracked pipe, and either of these can cause mold and bacteria to form. If you see what you believe to be a leak, even if you can’t exactly identify where call the pros at Poole’s before things get out of hand.

5.) Water Heater Update = Water Bill Savings

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By monitoring load size and avoiding unnecessary small loads, you can conserve and save when doing laundry.

When it comes to giving plumbing tips from Poole’s Plumbing, there is a reason why they are called the “water heater experts.” Thus, any questions or tips involving your water heater is in the best hands when being addressed by Poole’s. 

For the purpose of our article, Water Bill Savings, it would serve you best to replace your water heater every ten years. The innovations and technological advances in these units are so significant even annually to make a huge difference.

In a case that you don’t want to replace, have your water heater drained every six months. This flushes out any sediment and impurities. Likewise, it will improve the heater’s overall performance and as a result, keep bills lower. 

6) Washing Machines: Watch Your Usage and Load Sizes

These once again may seem like an obvious or common sense type thing when it comes to Water Bill Savings. However, a reminder is well worth mentioning if it leads to water conservation and Water Bill Savings.

To conserve and save in the “laundry room,” start by only running your machine when you have a full load. Likewise, making sure that you are keeping the load cycle on its appropriate setting helps save water and energy. It is also recommended to spread out your laundry throughout the week. While it may seem you are conserving time by getting all laundry done at once, this can actually cause septic tank issues.

7.) Water Bill Savings from Inspecting your Toilet

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Poole’s Plumbing can help you save by conducting a thorough inspection of your plumbing system.

Another place that many may not think of that can lead to water conservation and savings is your toilet. By simply monitoring and being sure your toilet is running properly, can be quite a difference-maker actually.

Consequently, the toilet on average accounts for 25-30 percent of household water usage. Points to check and keep your eye on include the flapper valve in addition to just being sure of no leakage. An upgrade to a newer model toilet is another sure way to save. This especially can factor in if your current model is over ten years old. With the innovations and “eco-friendly” technological advances with newer toilets, the amount of water used by your toilet is reduced significantly through an upgrade.

8.) A Professional Inspection Now Leads to Important Savings Later

Calling a professional plumber from Raleigh’s most trusted name in plumbers, Poole’s Plumbing, can also lead to savings in the long run. 

Having a professional inspection of all of your home’s plumbing systems can improve performance and greatly reduce the risk of future plumbing disasters. This simple step can save you money on utilities and emergency plumbing calls in the long run.

 If you’re thinking about making some upgrades to your house this year, it’s important to put your home’s plumbing system on your list. Small leaks or malfunctioning appliances can quickly add to your monthly utility bills. Here are just a few simple plumbing tips that can help keep your household budget in check and help save you money.

To see all the services offered by the most trusted plumbers in the Raleigh area, Poole’s Plumbing, visit poolesplumbing.com.