Cost efficient plumbing advice for Chicago homeowners

Cost efficient plumbing advice for Chicago homeowners

Are you looking for ways to reduce the utility costs of your Chicago home? There are several improvements that can be made to a home’s plumbing system that will reduce utility costs and even conserve water.

Here are some plumbing updates you can make without breaking the bank:

  • High-efficiency toilet: Replace the toilet with a dual-flush model. Bath specialty stores sell models with dual buttons that regulate the water necessary for either liquid waste or solid waste.
  • Water heater: If you can’t run the dishwasher and take a shower at the same time, it may be time to replace your old water heater with a new energy-efficient model. In addition to checking the purchase price, calculate the annual operation cost to determine how efficient your new unit will be.
  • Low-flow shower heads: Conserve water without sacrificing comfort by changing out the shower head with a model that uses less than two gallons per minute.
  • Kitchen faucet: Replace the old hard-to-use faucet with a new water-efficient gooseneck model with a multi-function sprayer and settings that can reduce water usage significantly.
  • Water filters: Say good-bye to costly bottled drinking water. For a small fee, you can attach a water filter directly to your faucet.

For the bigger projects listed above, hiring a licensed plumber is highly recommended. In Chicago, all plumbers must be licensed by the state of Illinois.

A valid license ensures that a plumber has undergone extensive training, passed a licensing exam, and holds a valid insurance policy. Visit Angie’s List for consumer reviews on highly rated plumbers in the Chicago area.


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