THINK GREEN = SAVE MONEY
Jacksonville plumber Terry Vereen is committed to reducing energy use and promoting “green” plumbing alternatives. Of course, everyone is looking for ways to save money and cut costs. Going green means just that – saving money by saving energy. Did you know that plumbing has a large carbon footprint? When you pay your utility bill, you are paying
for the energy it takes to pump the water from the ground, purify it, pump it to your location and then treat & dispose of it. Water saving fixtures not only save you money but they help conserve one of Florida’s most precious resources.
- The water heater is the 3rd largest consumer of energy in your home accounting for about 12% of your electric bill. Making sure that it is operating at its peak efficiency or switching to an energy efficient tank less water heater, saves you money every time you pay your water or gas bill. If you don’t want to replace your water heater, consider insulating it to conserve. You can purchase a water heater insulator at your local home improvement store for around $20.
- Older toilets can use as much as 4 gallons per flush. Toilets were redesigned to conserve water and low-flow toilets were introduced in the mid 1990’s. Most toilets today use about 1.6 gallons of water per flush. There are some models that use as little as 1.0 to 1.28 gallons per flush – some combine air pressure with the flush to eliminate flushing twice.
- The older your shower head is, the more water it will use. Changing to a new shower head reduces the gallons per minute from 8 to as low as 2. The newer models have been designed so the low-flow models deliver as good a shower as the higher flow shower heads.
- Think with your wallet. Money is energy. A good measure of how green you are is by looking at your money. When you save money by buying smart, or not buying at all, you are being green. Saving money on your water bill is like putting money back in your wallet every month.
- Purchase low-flow showerheads. The average family uses around 400 gallons of water per day. A low flow showerhead will not only cut down on the amount of water your family uses, but it will also reduce the electricity needed to heat the water.
- Wash your clothes in cold water when possible. Around 80% of the energy used to wash your clothes is used when heating the water.
There are many other ways to reduce your carbon footprint in your home. Don’t forget that simple practices, such as turning off the water while brushing your teeth, make a tremendous difference when added up over the course of a lifetime.
By simply calling our Jacksonville, FL based plumbing company to fix leaks and replace water guzzling fixtures inside the home, you can save thousands of gallons of water each year. We know that you are interested in doing as much as you can for the environment by conserving energy & living smarter. Our plumbers at Terry Vereen Plumbing can help by suggesting water saving fixtures & recommending preventative maintenance you can do around the house.
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