How Soft Water Saves Money for the New Year
With the New Year in full swing and money flying out of our wallets this time of year, a smart and economical idea is to create a long-term energy and money-savings plan. If you’re like the nearly 9 out of 10 households in the area that suffers from the effects of hard water, you have an opportunity to save money and protect your home’s infrastructure in the process. Water softeners are an energy-efficient solution and can help cut costs for your household. Here’s how soft water equals money saving:
Soft Water Benefit 1: Lower Energy Bills
Imagine washing your clothes in cold water right from the tap instead of the 100-degree or hotter water that most of us use. Since most households have hard water, we have to raise the temperature of the washing machine water and do double rinse cycles to offset the soap-neutralizing effects of the hard water itself. On the other hand, soft water acts as the perfect environment for stain-fighting detergents. This means you can use a lower water temperature when washing clothes and give your water heater a break. Your water heater is also designed to operate more efficiently on soft water than hard water. And since this appliance may account for up to 25 percent of your total energy bill each month, it pays to keep it running efficiently.
Soft Water Benefit 2: Save on Soaps, Detergents, and Harsh Cleaning Agents
As previously mentioned, hard water minimizes the cleaning power of washing machine detergents. But, did you know shampoo and body soap are affected in a similar way? By installing a water softener and showering in soft water, you’ll use far less soap and shampoo and clean your body more thoroughly. You will also use one-third the detergent in your washing machine and dishwasher. There is no need for Lime-Away! Avoiding washing in hard water saves money in the long run since you’ll spend less on cleaning products for the home.
Soft Water Benefit 3: Longer Lasting Appliances
One of the quickest ways to reduce the service life of a home appliance is to continually expose it to devastating effects of hard water. Dishwashers, washing machines, refrigerator ice machines, coffee makers, as well as shower heads and fixtures must continually deal with hard, scaly water that can leave a caked-on residue on the inner-workings of these machines and on surfaces. By extending the life of your appliances, you’ll save hundreds—if not thousands—of dollars over the next several years. This can lead to long-lasting and reliable appliances, cleaner dishes, brighter-looking clothes, and even better tasting coffee!
Soft Water Benefit 4: Lower Plumbing Repair Costs
Hard water deposits build up in pipes the way plaque builds up in your arteries. Ready for sticker shock? Invite a plumber over and ask him or her to replace a few sections of pipe, a water heater, or maybe your home’s drain system. When it comes time for the bill, it’s not going to be cheap. Instead, you can protect the network of pipes, valves, and drains in your home by eliminating the damaging effects of hard water in the first place. By doing so, you may never have to deal with clogged pipes, failing water hater, or corroded fixtures again.
If you’re looking to net some serious savings this year, while protecting your home or building from the damaging effects of hard water, a water conditioning system is a must.