If you have ever had to wait for hot water before and run the tap until it finally heated up then you have probably wasted a good amount of money on water and the energy needed to heat the water. This is due to cold hot water pipes that make you wait. The longer they are the more energy will be needed to keep the pipe hot enough to allow the hot water to reach your bathtub or sink. To have a more beneficial effect on the environment and your wallet, your plumbing can be rearranged to better suit this problem.
Blueprints for a house usually don’t tell you where to put the plumbing pipes. It’s usually up to the plumber to decide where to put it and it’s much easier to simply make pipes a little bit longer and turn them than to cut them off to make it more efficient. To save money you could rearrange your piping system so that a direct line is made from your hot water heater directly to your sink or bath. Although it may cost a little bit to have this done after a few years the money saved will make itself evident.
Another way to lower the cost of your heating bill and hot water plumbing is to switch the types of pipe to use. Although copper pipes are better for retaining heat, they are also good for retaining cold. During the winter when your pipes start to cool down, it affects how long it takes for hot water to successfully reach your fixtures. By switching to PVC pipe, which is more resistant to heat and cold, you get hot water immediately as opposed to waiting for the water to heat up.
Another option that you have is to insulate the hot water pipes. When you insulate the water pipes it keeps them from cooling off which means that the new hot water does not have to keep the pipe constantly heated to receive the new hot water. You would be surprised on how much water and heat it takes to keep the pipes hot enough to keep more hot water going.
Another way to save money is to get rid of a hot water tank and to get a hot water on demand system. Essentially how this works is hot water is pumped through a coil which is heated instantly which means you don’t have to constantly keep a whole tank of water heated in order to have a shower.
Doing a few of these modifications will save you a lot of money after only a year of use and you will be able to see the difference immediately. Not only will it keep your wallets fatter, it will be beneficial to the environment and keep you on the cutting edge of hot water plumbing.