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10 Tricks to Improve Residential Plumbing and Heating Efficiency

residential plumbing and heating BrownsWe love the fall. The weather is crisp, the leaves are changing colors and we’re approaching the holidays that bring families together. But fall also means cold, NJ winter days are just around the corner. With energy costs on the rise, high home utility bills can really pack a punch into your budget, especially this winter…unless you do something to improve your plumbing and heating efficiency today.

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Increase Residential Plumbing and Heating Efficiency, Save Money

Improving residential plumbing and heating efficiency practices boasts many benefits. Whether you’re doing it to live in a more environmentally-friendly way, or lower bills, these tips will help you save money and energy while staying comfortable all winter. 

Plumbing Efficiency Tips

According to the U.S. Department of Energy, heating water accounts for 15 to 25 percent of energy consumption in the average home. Luckily, it’s easy to make small steps to improve energy efficiency in your plumbing.


  1. Decrease the temperature water heater thermostat to save on standby losses, as well as consumption. Although some manufacturers set water heater thermostats at 140ºF, most households usually only require them to be set at 120ºF.
  2. Conserve water. Every time you shower, flush the toilet or brush your teeth you’re spending money on water. Conserve water and reduce your monthly bill with low flow bathroom fixtures, cutting down shower time and only running full loads in the dishwasher and clothes washer.
  3. Add insulation to hot water piping —  especially if you have an old water heater. Adding an insulation jacket could save you up to $30 per year, according to Energy Star. At less than $10 per roll, that’s a 1500% return in just five years. 
  4. Repair leaks right away. Dripping faucets not only lose water down the drain, but money goes down the drain along with it! One of the easiest ways to reduce water bills is to take care of plumbing problems as soon as they arise. 
  5. Schedule plumbing maintenance. Nothing is worse than a costly plumbing repair that could have been prevented with a simple tune-up. In fact, annual maintenance for your water heater can reduce future breakdowns in addition to lowering energy bills. 


Heating Efficiency Tips


  1. Keep heat from escaping. Up to 12 percent of heat loss in a home can be blamed on leaky windows and doors. The trick is to determine where these leaks are coming from in the first place. Seal doors and windows with weather stripping or rubber insulation to create a tight seal and use curtains to provide up to 10% protection from heat loss.
  2. Check the filters to ensure they’re clean and clear. Believe it or not, dirty filters can make your heating unit work harder. This leads to higher heating costs. Save on your heating bills by changing your filter every 1-2 months during the hottest and coldest time of year.
  3. Use the thermostat strategically. You can save up to 3% on heating bills for every degree you lower the thermostat over a 24-hour period. Use a programmable thermostat to regulate temperature with ease.
  4. Use ceiling fans to circulate the air in a clockwise direction in the winter (counterclockwise in summer). This can save up to 10% on heating costs!
  5. Schedule annual heating maintenance to help your unit run more efficiently. Your HVAC professional will inspect and clean the entire system, lubricate parts and ensure the heating system is working at maximum efficiency. This could save up to 5% on your heating bills!


New Jersey Residents Save Big with Brown’s

One convenient way to save money on plumbing and heating maintenance is to invest in a maintenance service agreement. Whether you need HVAC or plumbing services, all plans include 7-day, 24-hour emergency service. If you would like more information about our service contracts, please visit our contact page or call us at 1-800-741-0694.

Interested in learning more about common ways you can improve plumbing and heating efficiency? Here are a few more resources.