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Going Green Tips from the Experts

Green isn't just a buzzword, and going green doesn’t just have benefits for the environment. In fact, when you celebrate Earth Day this April 22, you'll save energy, water, the planet, and money. And we all know that more money means more freedom, more fun activities for the family, and more time enjoying life, so here are some expert plumbing tips for going green this Earth Day.

Go Green or Go Home: Targeting Your Carbon Footprint

carbon-footprint_480When people talk about going green these days, there's one underlying thread that always links the actions: reducing your carbon footprint.

This is because there's a direct link between carbon footprints and fossil fuels, which are having very detrimental effects on the environment and the global climate. To go green, therefore, is to lower your carbon footprint, which you can do by:

  • Turning off lights, gadgets, and electronics when you're not using them
  • Opting for open windows, sweaters, and line drying in place of air conditioners, furnaces, and clothes dryers
  • Replacing incandescent bulbs with LEDs or CFLs
  • Upgrading to ENERGY STAR appliances
  • Insulating and protecting your house from the elements
  • Investing in clean and renewable energies
  • Reusing and recycling more

Green Tip: Modern Plumbing Fixtures

Modern plumbing means modern fixtures, and that means water conservation and going green without even trying! Low-flow and water-efficient toilets, faucets, and shower heads can do wonders for cutting your household water use, and your family could reduce water waste by thousands of gallons per year with these simple upgrades.

You'll save water with each flush, and every minute that you have the taps running, you'll save up to 5 gallons of water per minute.

Green Tip: Tankless Water Heaters

save-water_480Water heaters typically need to be replaced every 10 years or so, and when yours is up for renewal, there are plenty of reasons why you should upgrade to an energy-efficient tankless version. Let’s compare the two styles:

Heating: Conventional storage-tank water heaters expend lots of energy keeping the tank hot, and this leads to standby loss that accounts for about 20 percent of the energy they use. Tankless heaters, on the other hand, only heat water as it’s needed, so there's no energy wasted.

Availability of water: Because conventional heaters rely on a tank, there's only as much hot water available as the tank can store. With tankless, the water is heated on demand, so it will never run out.

Lifespan: Conventional water heaters last about 10 years, whereas tankless ones will last upwards of 20. Fewer replacements mean more money saved and less trash in the landfill.

Green Tip: Whole-Home Water Filtration

What does a water filtration system have to do with your carbon footprint? Well, if you currently buy bottled water, the answer is a lot. Bottled water produces millions of tons of waste that ends up in the landfill because only one out of every five bottles gets recycled.

And to compound the issue, those plastic bottles are fossil fuel products, and every year millions of barrels of oil are used to create water bottles just to meet America’s demands. If you really want to go green, put a water filter in your house instead of buying bottled water in bulk.

Call us, Ira Hansen and Sons Plumbing, serving the Reno, NV area, today at 775-626-7777 to book an appointment, ask questions, or inquire about energy and water efficient options for your house.