Is Your Commercial Plumbing Energy-Efficient?


If you are concerned about the environment, you'll be interested in checking your plumbing for energy efficiency. Energy efficient fixtures will not just help save the planet; they will also save you money.


Are your water pipes insulated? If not, insulate/lag the pipes leading from the water heater to the outlets to reduce heat loss. For gas heaters, keep lagging at least 30 cm away from the flue as the heat can melt the lagging.

Also cover your water heater tank with an insulation jacket.

Temperature Controls

Install temperature controllers to mix hot and cold water and avoid water and heat loss.

Cold water diverters will divert cold water when you turn on the hot water faucet. This ensures you don't waste water as you wait for hot water to come out of the faucet.

Placement of Water Heater

When your water has to travel a long distance to reach your faucets, the likelihood of heat loss is increased. If you are building a space, make sure you place it as close as possible to outlets.

Replace Faulty or Obsolete Appliances

Faulty appliances such as dishwashers and laundry machines can sap a lot of energy out of your space. Have them checked and repaired if need be. Replace older models with more energy efficient ones.


Have a regular maintenance schedule for your heating system. Over time, your heater tank will get clogged with sediments.

These sediments will prevent water from heating properly, resulting in high energy bills. You need to have it unclogged regularly.

Tankless Water Heater

A new technology involves installing a tankless water heater. This type of heater operates without a tank to ensure instant supply of hot water.

Recycle Grey Water

Water from the shower and dishwasher can be recycled and used for watering the lawn. You can have this diverted directly onto the law or piped into a tank and treated before being released into the environment.

For a plumbed-in system, you will need to hire professional plumbing services.


Reduce the Flow

You can significantly reduce the amount of water you use in your toilet by adopting modern low flow toilets. Also opt for low flow shower heads to reduce water consumption.

Leaky Faucets

Repair and replace leaky faucets and watch the difference in your water and energy bills.

Your plumbing fixtures can be a serious drain to your water and energy, resulting in high bills. Simple measures such as replacing fixtures and appliances can help reduce that loss.

Insulation, recycling, maintenance and repair will also contribute to a more efficient plumbing system. Consult a commercial plumbing repair team, like one from Iron Horse Mechanical And Plumbing Services LLC, for further advice.


27 April 2018

A New Kind of Piping Makes DIY Plumbing Easier

My homes have always had either copper or PVC plumbing pipes. But when my plumbing system needed an overhaul last spring, I wanted a piping system for my home that I could work on myself when needed. There were a lot of good reasons to choose PEX piping, but my favorite thing about the PEX piping is that it's easy to work with, even if you're a beginner like me. Now I can make small repairs myself instead of calling the plumber every time I have a minor leak or other small problem. I still call the plumber for the big stuff, but it's more affordable now that I can take care of small issues myself. I started this blog to help others learn how they, too, can do DIY plumbing repairs at home.