By making your home improvements green you can add convenience to your life, save water, save energy, and save money. In the process you reduce your carbon footprint by reducing the amount of green house gasses released into the atmosphere.
Green Plumbing Saves Energy Water and Money!
Green plumbing systems provide you with the convenience of faster hot water, and save you energy, water, and money. Green plumbing can include green plumbing layouts, water saving devices such as low flow toilets and fixtures, energy efficient water heaters and tankless water heaters, and hot water pumping delivery systems, not to mention solar water heating.
Green Water Heaters
High efficiency water heaters are green, they save you energy and money and produce less polutants and green house gases. Gas water heaters also produce other even more potent green house gasses than carbon dioxide, and so it is important to use an efficient water heater if you are at all concerned about the environment.
Tankless Hot Water Heaters Are Green
Tankless water heaters are more energy efficient than tank type water heaters. Since tankless water heaters don’t have a tank full of hot water radiating heat 24 hours a day, they use less energy most of the time. Another advantage that tankless hot water heaters have over traditional tank type water heaters is that you never run out of hot water. That of course adds to the convenience of your hot water system.
There are substantial tax credits being given for tankless water heaters currently. You can get up 30% of the cost of the water heater installation in credits with a cap, and I don’t recall what it is… you should check the tankless water heater web sites if you are interested in the credits. The sites are all touting the tax credits at the moment.
In some areas there are rebates for tankless hot water heaters being offered by various agencies like water companies and power companies… be sure to check your local government agencies to find any rebates that may pertain to your green home improvements.
Green Plumbing Products
An excellent green plumbing product is the hot water demand system. Hot water demand systems are pumps and valves that typically install under your sink, and pump the water from your water heater to your fixture at high speed, using the cold water line to return the cooled off hot water that typically sits in the hot water piping. When the hot water reaches your fixtures the pump shuts off to prevent hot water from getting into the cold water piping.
One such system, the Chilipepper appliance, can be installed in about an hour and costs less than $200. Considering it can save thousands of gallons of water per year, and add convenience to your life, it is well worth the investment in my opinion.
Hot water demand systems save you water energy and money. Every time you turn on the hot water faucet and then wait for hot water to reach you, while running gallons of water down the drain, you are causing more green house gasses to be released, and wasting energy and water.
Tankless Water Heater – Add a Pump
By combining a tankless water heater and a hot water demand system you get one of the greenest home improvements you can make for a reasonable investment. You are saving both energy and water. Tankless water heaters take a little longer to get hot water to your fixtures since they must first heat the water where a tank type water heater has hot water ready to go. This makes a hot water demand system that much more desirable.
Adding the convenience of instant hot water when you turn on the spigot makes your life better and saves water, energy, money, and turns your plumbing green reducing your carbon foot print.
The Chilipepper hot water demand system works with any hot water heater, tankless or tank type, and uses less than $2.00 per year in electricity costs. A great green home improvements idea.