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Best Ways to Conserve Water in The Home – Water Saving Plumbing Solutions

June 4th, 2013

 

Summertime is nearly here. As temperatures start to rise, water becomes more and more scarce. It is important to conserve water during the warmer and dryer months. Most water waste comes directly from the home, with smart water saving plumbing solutions, conserving water should be a synch! Conserving water is not only good for the environment but also good for pocketbooks because conserving water allows for saving on monthly utilities.

 

When looking to conserve water in the home, first start with the bathroom. Water usage in the bathroom accounts for about 75% of water used in the household, so its important to assess bathrooms for leaks and outdated plumbing fixtures. A leaky faucet or shower head can account for thousands of gallons of wasted water a year!! Replacing leaky faucets or shower heads with a water saving plumbing solution like a low flow aerator can help  conserve water and save money. Another water saving plumbing solution for the bathroom is a high efficiency toilet. Many older toilets can waste upwards of 5 gallons per flush compared to the water saving plumbing solution HET toilet that uses as little as 1 ½ gallons of water. That is an incredible difference, making HET toilets one of the most efficient water saving plumbing solutions around, that will for sure reap financial perks in addition to water conservation benefits!

water saving plumbing solutions

Foremost, http://www.foremostgroups.com/page/bath/toilets/HET-Toilets, 06042013

 

 

Another area of the home that needs to be assessed when looking to conserve water is the kitchen. Again a leaky faucet in the kitchen is no good, updating faucets in the kitchen with a water saving plumbing solution is also a good idea. Conserving water in the kitchen goes beyond water saving plumbing solutions, consider the dishwasher, refrigerator and other appliances. There are many great water saving appliances that will help conserve water in the kitchen, pairing nicely with water saving plumbing solutions to help conserve even more water and save even more money. On demand water heaters also make for a great water saving plumbing solution because they produce hot water as needed without having to let the water run, conserving water and electricity!

 

Another area of the home that can use some help with conserving water is the yard. Sprinkler systems are most efficient when ran early in the morning or late at night, this allows the water to absorb into the ground instead of evaporate into the air when temperatures rise. Another great way to help hold moisture into the ground is to spread a thin layer of mulch around plants, this will help retain moisture, and allow for less watering and less water waste.

conserving water

TeamH2OWorks, https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=400115676704336&set=pb.185185724864000.-2207520000.1370380121.&type=3&theater, 06042013

 

Other tips for conserving water:

  • Take shorter showers

  • Only run full loads in the dishwasher or washing machine

  • Place covers over pools and spas to prevent water from evaporating

  • Install rain sensors so sprinkler systems don’t run in the rain

  • Use drip systems to water plants and shrubs

 

There are many other ways to conserve water. Water saving plumbing solutions are a great way to conserve water and save a little money. More more water conserving tips and information of water saving plumbing solutions please visit www.growplumbing.com.

 

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Energy Efficient Tankless Water Heaters

February 13th, 2013

 

It seems everyone is going “green” these days. Going green definitely has its advantages for the environment but they can also benefit home owners looking to save a little money on monthly expenses. Tankless water heaters, also known as demand-type or instantaneous water heaters, make for a great energy efficient home improvement. 

Tankless water heaters produce hot water as needed, making them more energy efficient because they do not produce stand by energy losses associated with storage water heaters. When a hot water tap is turned on water flows directly through a pipe and into the tankless water heater. Tankless water heaters use either a gas or electric heating element to instantaneously heat the water as it is needed, making for a constant supply of hot water.

tankless water heater

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Unlike storage water heaters, there is no need to wait for the tank to fill up with hot water, which can not only be more energy efficient by more convenient as well. However depending on the size of the household more than one tankless water heater may be needed to keep up with the supply and demand of the household. Appliances such as dishwashers and washing machines consume more hot water, so to maintain the appropriate supply a dedicated tankless water heater may be more appropriate for such appliances.

dual tankless water heaters to increase constant supply of hot water

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Homes that use a moderate amount of hot water daily can be 24%-34% more energy efficient with tankless water heaters. Homes that consume larger amounts of water should install more than one tankless water heater to achieve 27%-50% more energy efficiency. This can save households hundreds of dollars a year.

 

Tankless water heaters are initially more costly than their storage tank counter-parts however tankless water heaters have a longer life expectancy, more than 20 years, as opposed to storage water heaters, 10-15 years. Tankless water heaters also have easily replaceable parts making them last even longer.  In addition by purchasing a tankless water heater you could qualify for a Federal Tax Credit 10% of the cost up to $500. This combined with the lower operating cost makes upgrading to a tankless water heater a much more affordable more energy efficient choice. For more information please visit www.growplumbing.com

 

 

High Efficiency Toilets (HET)

January 24th, 2013

High Efficiency Toilets (HET)

One Eco-friendly plumbing improvement that makes a lot of sense is a High Efficiency Toilet or HET. Residential toilets prove to be the main source of water usage in the household and sometimes use as much as 7 gallons per flush for older toilets! Therefore upgrading to a High Efficiency Toilet can easily decrease the amount of water wasted within the household and save homeowners thousands of dollars over the years.

high efficiency toilets can save 1,000s of gallons of water a year

Blodgett Supply, http://www.blodgettsupply.com/plumbing_heating/Toto_High_Efficency_Toilets.html, 1/23/2013

An advance in toilet technology allows for High Efficiency Toilets to use 20% less water than the current government standard.  This adds up to about 11 gallons per toilet per household daily.  Current standards require all newly manufactured toilets to use 1.6 gallons of water. High efficiency toilets use 1.28. Less water waste not only saves consumers money but the municipal water district also saves money on waste water treatment.

high efficiency toilets can save your customers 1000's over the years

Earth 911, http://earth911.com/news/2012/03/20/nyc-to-offer-water-saving-toilet-rebates/, 1/23/2013

Many High Efficiency Toilets also perform as well or better than their less efficient counter parts depending on the technology used. Some High Efficiency Toilets use a pressure assist like a lot of commercial toilets, others offer a dual flush system. Some High Efficiency Toilets have a larger flush valve and a wider trapway eliminating clogging. In addition many High Efficiency Toilets are designed to remain cleaner because of their bowl design or even have a power-wash that self-cleans with each flush; which is definitely more efficient and more sanitary.

There are many options out there when it comes to High Efficiency Toilets, just be sure they are backed by the EPA. In addition to saving money on utilities and reducing our carbon footprint, many High Efficiency Toilets come with great rebate incentive from local water districts. These incentives vary in amount, but ultimately make upgrading to a High Efficiency Toilet more affordable.

For more information on High Efficiency Toilets and other plumbing related topics visit www.growplumbing.com.