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.