Going On Vacation? Save Money On Plumbing While You're Gone!
You put your home's plumbing system through a lot of stress on a regular basis, so when you leave home to go on vacation for an extended period of time, you have a chance to give your plumbing system a well-deserved break. Furthermore, there are a few things you can do to reduce your plumbing costs (including your water bill) while you're gone.
Turn Down Your Water Heater
Since you won't be needing much (if any) hot water while you're gone on vacation, consider turning your home's water heater down a few degrees before you leave. This will save your water heater from the unnecessary wear and tear of heating water that's not going to be used. Just be sure not to turn the heater off completely--and if you will have housekeepers or pet sitters coming by while you're gone, make sure they'll still have enough hot water for anything they may need it for.
Shut Off Refrigerator Ice Maker
Another way to save money (and wear and tear) on your home's plumbing while you're gone is to shut off your ice maker and turn up the temperature on your refrigerator. In fact, this small act can provide a number of advantages. For starters, it saves you on your electricity bill. Furthermore, when you shut off your ice maker, you save the unnecessary wear and tear on your water lines. Finally, in the event that your refrigerator's ice maker doesn't have an automatic shutoff, you also avoid coming home to a freezer that's overflowing with ice.
Set Up Rain Barrels Outside
If you're going to be gone for an extended period of time, there's a good chance that it'll rain at least once or twice while you're gone. Why not harness the rain water and put it to use, saving you on your water bill and reducing wear and tear on your home's plumbing system? Specifically, rain barrels can be set up to collect rainwater, which can be used to water plants, bathe pets, and perform many other tasks when you return.
Address Leaks Before You Leave
Finally, if you have the time, do a quick inspection of your home in the days before you leave for vacation; even small leaks, such as a dripping faucet, should be addressed before you take off. Doing so can save you a surprising amount of money on your water bill while also reducing the chances that you'll come home to a much larger (and more expensive) leak. Contact a company like Clark's Plumbing & Heating Corp for more information.