One of the easiest things you can do to save water is to check for leaks and fix the simple ones.
Toilets: Many times, toilets begin leaking when the toilet flapper or valve seal becomes old or worn out. To check to see if this is the cause, put some food coloring in the toilet tank and wait 10-15 minutes to see whether color shows up in the toilet bowl. If it does, you can order a replacement flapper or valve seal at one of our 12 BR Supply stores to fix the leak.
Faucets: Old and worn washers and gaskets are frequently the cause of faucet leaks. This is a simple fix but before you get started, turn the water off under the sink. Faucet washers are inexpensive. If you’re not sure what to do, contact your nearest BR Supply store.
Showerheads: Make sure there is a tight connection between the showerhead and the pipe stem, which is often where leaks occur. To make a tighter connection, you can wrap Teflon tape around the showerhead pipe and then screw it into the pipe stem. You may also need to replace the washer.
Outdoor faucets: Check your garden hose for leaks at the connection to the spigot. If it leaks, try replacing the washer to ensure a tight connection to the spigot.
Save Water Around the House
If you're normally out of the house most of the day, you're likely using more water just in your daily routine now. Try making the following small adjustments to conserve water.
Showers: While you could probably use a long, relaxing bath every night during these stressful times, showers use much less water. Limit them to 6-8 minutes if possible, and turn off the shower when lathering up or shampooing.
Faucets: At the sink, turn the faucet off when you’re brushing your teeth or shaving instead of leaving it running.
Toilets: Don't use your toilet as a garbage can for tissues or dental floss, etc. You waste water flushing them down (plus things like wipes can clog your pipes).
Dishes: Skip prerinsing dishes. You can use up to 7 gallons of water a minute when you run your kitchen faucet on full blast. But a dishwasher uses just 5 gallons or less for a full cycle. Most dishwashers come equipped with a soil sensor that adjusts the cycle according to how dirty the dishes are. So you don’t have to worry that your dishes won't be clean if you don’t prerinse.
Start your dishwasher only when you have a full load of dishes. And be sure to place dishes and utensils according to the instructions in your owner’s manual so everything comes out clean in one wash. If you have a small household and don’t have enough dishes to run a full load after one or two meals, use the rinse and hold cycle, which uses only one to two gallons of water, to prevent food from getting caked on. Then run a full cycle when you're ready.
For pots and pans with stuck on food, soak them instead of scrubbing them under running water.
Washing machines: While you may have to do more smaller loads of laundry if family members are coming and going from the house or if someone is sick, try to run full loads whenever possible. If your washing machine does not have a sensor that adjusts the wash based on load size, remember to pick the appropriate water level setting—small, medium, large—for each load of laundry.
Only use the amount of laundry detergent needed for the size of your load and be sure to use HE detergents for HE machines. Regular detergents are too sudsy, and using too much can cause HE washers to use more water by extending the rinse cycle.
Benefits of a Home Standby Generator Include:
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Up to whole house protection with the 200-amp, NEMA 3R (aluminum outdoor enclosure) smart switch.
5 Year Limited Warranty for automatic standby generators.
Generac generators and engines are engineered and assembled in the USA.
Generac's G-Force Engine is a purpose-built, pressure-lubricated engine capable of handling the rigors of generator use, resulting in power that’s more reliable and requires less routine maintenance than any competitive engine.
Quiet-Test™ Self-Test Mode runs at a lower RPM for a five or twelve minute test, making generators significantly quieter than other brands while consuming less fuel.
24/7/365 Customer Support Team standing by all day, every day from our headquarters in Wisconsin to answer any questions you might have.
Our RhinoCoat™ powder-coated finish helps make corrosion-resistant aluminum perfect for all weather conditions.
Generac’s Evolution™ Controller features a multilingual LCD display that allows users to monitor battery status and track maintenance intervals to ensure your generator is always in top operating condition.
Kitchen and Bath Showroom in Our Jackson Store
Whether you are a homeowner outfitting an entire house, a professional referring your customers, or a do-it-yourselfer replacing a single faucet, our kitchen and bath showroom is the perfect fit for all of your needs.
Let our knowledgeable showroom consultant work with you to create the bath and kitchen of your dreams.
We offer a wide selection of freestanding tubs, faucets, sinks and everything in between to make your kitchen, bar, laundry, and bath exactly what you have been wanting.
We partner with our clients to achieve a beautiful, yet functional space that fulfills your needs while staying within your budget.
Our showroom is located within our Jackson store at 1133 US 45 Bypass. The showroom is open Monday - Friday from 8 am until 5 pm, and Saturday by appointment.
What Temperature Should a Water Heater Be Set?
Your water heater accounts for approximately 18% of your home’s energy bill. If your water heater is set too high, your energy bill will unnecessarily high each month. On the reverse side, if your water heater is set too low your water may not get hot enough causing short showers, or worse, be at risk of growing bacteria. If you have a water heater with a tank, you are paying to keep the water in the tank hot around the clock. Even at 3 a.m., when everyone in the house is fast asleep, your water heater is warming the water for your use. You can save a little energy and money by decreasing the water heater’s burden.
Don’t set your water heater to anything below 120 degrees, as diseases, particularly Legionnaires' Disease, can develop in the stagnant water inside the water heater, which is quite dangerous.
1) It’s hot enough to keep diseases at bay
2) It’s not too hot to cause scalding burns
3) It will supply enough hot water for most small families and is relatively energy-efficient.
Factors That Affect Hot Water Temperature Setting
These factors are not affected by the kind of plumbing you have (PEX, PVC or copper), how the water is heated (gas or electric) or even if you a tankless water heater.
Still undecided? Set it at 120 degrees and increase the temperature in small increments until you find the perfect shower temperature.
One of the most important decisions that you will need to make when it comes to choosing the right bathroom exhaust fan concerns the size of your bathroom. Since bathroom exhaust fans are sized and rated by their ability to move air in a certain amount of cubic feet per minute (CFM), make sure it's one that will be adequate for the size of your bathroom. A fan that's too small won't remove moisture and odors efficiently and will need to run longer, increasing wear on the motor.
A 50-square foot or smaller bathroom needs a 50 CFM fan. For bathrooms between 50 and 100 square feet, estimate approximately 1 CFM per square foot. If your bathroom is larger than 100 square feet, tally the CFM requirements for the individual fixtures to estimate your needs. Plan for 50 CFM for each toilet, tub or shower and 100 CFM for a jetted tub.
The Broan 678 (pictured on the left) is a 50 CFM, 2.5 Sones, Vent/Light Combination.
Once you have chosen where you want the bathroom fan to be located, you will need to choose a model with the appropriate size duct adapter for your home’s ductwork. As venting into the attic will cause moisture problems, it is important to always install bathroom fans so that they vent air outside of the home through the ductwork and the nearest soffit.
Many bathroom fans on the market today come with different features that might be ideal for your specific needs. Some of the features that newer models may offer include integrated lights, built-in heaters, and motion sensors.
In considering bathroom exhaust fans, you will want to pay close attention to the sone rating (the measurement of sound). One sone is about equal to the sound of a refrigerator.
The Broan 655 (pictured on the right) is a 70 CFM, 4.0 Sones, 1300W Heater/Vent/Light combination.
Is your current exhaust fan still working, but you need to upgrade the grille? The Broan FG500NS is a unique lighted ventilation fan grille which allows you to upgrade your non-lighted ventilation fan or tired incandescent fan/light into a sleek fan/light with bright, efficient LED lighting quickly and easily. This lighted grille is designed with fewer ventilation slots to stay clean longer and is a crisp, bright white to coordinate with today’s popular ceiling paint colors. Installation in only 5 minutes!