Energy efficiency has two big benefits for consumers.
One is to live in a more eco-friendly way. Eco-friendly construction is about building in a more sustainable way by using green building materials, sustainable energy and energy efficient methods. This is a trend that is growing and is worth investing in for your business.
The second is one we can all relate to: saving a buck (or many). Energy efficient plumbing means using less power and less water, which translates to lower bills. Customers are willing to invest more in infrastructure that will save them over time, so being able to provide those solutions is a great way to up your profits.
Protect the pipes
This one is pretty basic, but it’s also relatively simple. Most pipe insulation is foam that comes in cut lengths that simply need to be fitted to the pipes. For tricky areas, there is also foam tape that can be manually wrapped around the pipes.
Low-flow toilets perform just as well as traditional toilets, but are 20% more energy efficient. A new standard toilet uses about 1.6 gallons per flush, not to mention older toilets that can use as much as 8 gallons per flush. A low-flow uses as little as 1.3 gallons.
Though the financial savings aren’t as much of an aspect here, with toilet usage accounting for about a third of a household’s water usage, many consumers prefer this option, especially in water-scarce areas.
Navien Tankless Water Heater
There are a lot of benefits to a tankless water heater. There are two eco-friendly aspects. First, the units are longer lasting (20-25 years compared to as little as 5-7 from traditional tanks) and smaller so they fill up landfills less. Secondly, tankless units use less natural gas.
The more relevant direct benefits are the unlimited hot water, which can be a real luxury for people who are used to a traditional tank. In addition, that smaller size means they take up way less space.
Low Flow Shower Heads
Shower heads are measured by flow (i.e. the number of gallons they deliver per minute [gpm]). Water pressure affects flow, measured in pounds per square inch (psi). The greater the pressure pushing water through pipes and shower heads, the greater the volume of water forced out.
The trick will low flow shower heads is to use less water but maintain water pressure. If you can do this, you will use less water in the same length shower and maintain the water pressure needed to, wash shampoo (and dirt) out of your hair.
There are two ways to do this. Aerating shower heads mix air into the water in order to maintain a constant pressure while using less water. Non-aerating shower heads use pulses to keep the stream strong while maintaining a constant temperature. Either of these reduce water consumption, making the shower more green friendly and the bill more wallet friendly.
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