Green Water Heaters – Reduce Your Carbon Footprint

Green Plumbing FixturesHappy Earth Day everyone!  And what better way to celebrate than to reduce your carbon footprint!  We all seem to have the best intentions when it comes to saving this big blue planet floating in space but have you taken any action?  Thoughts by themselves are nice but action makes things happen.  You may be asking yourself, “what’s a carbon footprint anyway?”  Glad you asked!  Your family’s carbon footprint is determined by the amount of greenhouse gas emissions that it causes both directly or indirectly. The carbon footprint of the average family of four in the United States is 80 metric tons (or 20 tons per person) of greenhouse gas being emitted into the atmosphere each year.  Becoming aware of the energy that is used each day or perhaps more importantly, how efficiently that energy is used will reduce the effect that your family’s lifestyle has on the environment.  Thus making your family’s carbon footprint smaller.

Now that you are all versed on carbon footprints let’s talk about replacing that old energy sucker called your Hot Water Heater.  One major contributor to wasted energy in lots of homes around the country is hot water – or more specifically, the way that hot water is heated. No one really thinks about the hot water that goes down our drains with every shower we take and every time we wash the dishes.  Most families in the U.S. waste tons of energy by keeping water hot and ready for use with a traditional water heater. Around 30% of the total energy costs that your family incurs each year results from keeping this instant hot water supply ready to go when you need it.  Your hot water heater is the second most expensive to operate appliance in your home, first being your furnace or central air.

The average tank heats around 35 gallons of water. Just imagine the energy that is required to keep 35 gallons of water heated to the temperature that you find comfortable for showering. Even if you decide to run out the door without your morning shower, or if you let the laundry pile up for a day or two, or you don’t do the dishes because you ordered takeout – your hot water heater is still firing away to keep your water hot at the same temperature.  It continues to work in your absence, burning energy, increasing your utility bills, and making your carbon footprint bigger and bigger. And remember, the larger the tank, the more energy wasted.

So what’s the solution?  We suggest Tankless Water Heaters.  They’ve been around for a few years and lot’s of new home builders are Going Green by introducing them into new homes.  You can do the same for your home by converting to a tankless system.  They work by providing hot water only when needed, as opposed to keeping water hot 24/7, you can save a bundle of money over the course of time.

Here are a few benefits for a Tankless System:

  1. Save Money!  Electric Tankless Water Heaters can save ($650) and Gas Tankless Water Heaters ($400) per year.
  2. You also can get a Tankless Water Heater Rebate from Uncle Sam to save even more money!
  3. Many tankless water heaters come with a lifetime guarantee.  This may be your first and last purchase ever.
  4. Save Space!  Tankless Water Heaters are hung on the wall so you can regain that closet or corner of your basement for those golf clubs you never use!
  5. You never run out of hot water.  I’ve had a few cold East Coast showers in my life during the winter at 6 a.m.  Talk about getting started on the wrong foot!

All the above benefits are great but if we have no planet left because of us being energy hogs then all of those things are a moot point.  Our carbon footprint and the impact on the environment while we are here should be the most important reason to Go Green.  Think about this – If every household in the U.S. made the switch to environmentally friendly tankless water heaters it would reduce annual greenhouse gas emission by up to 150 million tons, saving the equivalent of 300 million barrels of oil per year.  Those are some pretty big numbers, I think that would be a good thing?

The decision to replace you antiquated water heater is a good start to thinking globally.  We encourage you on this earth day and every other day of the year to think for 1 minute about how  you and your family are impacting the planet.  Most importantly not to just think about a better environment but create one with your actions.  Every action starts with a thought and the smallest actions can have the biggest results.  Thanks for reading and may the force be with you.

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