Going green on Earth Day is a great thing for you to do! If you stick to it, you’ll end up saving plenty of money over the years. If you’re not sure where to start your journey for a greener world, we’ve got just what you need. Here are trusted tips that our team here at Hull Plumbing came up with to help you and your family go green this April 22.
Tip 1: Trust Tankless
When it comes time to replace your old storage tank water heater, you should seriously consider a tankless water heater as a replacement. If you’re not convinced, here are a few facts to help change your mind:
- Conventional water heaters waste about 20 percent of the energy they use because of standby loss
- Tankless water heaters operate using about 30 percent less energy
- Tankless heaters work on-demand, so you’ll never run out of hot water
- Conventional water heaters last 10 years on average, while tankless ones will run for more like 20
- You’ll save both energy and money with a tankless heater, because you’ll use less energy, waste no energy, and won’t have to buy another replacement for twice as long
Tip 2: Try Water-Savers
Water-saving what, you ask? Plumbing fixtures, of course! These days, you can get modern and efficient low-flow toilets, water-saving faucets, and water-efficient shower heads that can help your family conserve thousands of gallons of water each year—and you don’t even have to change your water-use habits.
Here are the numbers: a low-flow toilet will save at least 5 gallons per flush, water-saving faucets will save about a gallon of water per minute, and a water-efficient shower head will save upwards of 25 gallons of water for every five minutes you’re in the shower.
Tip 3: Target Trash
Reducing garbage and landfill waste is one of the goals of Earth Day. You and your family can do your part by switching from bottled water to a whole-home water filter that doesn’t require millions of barrels of fossil fuels to produce each year—unlike bottled water, which is extremely resource intensive.
By installing a water filter instead of buying bottles of water, your family can help cut down on the millions of water bottles that end up in landfills each year.
Tip 4: Taper Your Carbon Footprint
There are so many ways to reduce your carbon footprint that you may not even know where to start. So let’s begin with the basics: transportation and energy use.
By relying on your car less, you’ll drastically cut down on your direct fossil fuel use and lower your carbon footprint. To get around, try public transit, walking, carpooling, or even cycling.
Regarding energy use, you can turn off lights and gadgets when you’re not using them, upgrade to energy-efficient appliances and light bulbs, improve your insulation, open windows instead of using the air conditioner, and hang your clothes to dry when the weather’s nice.
We’ll be celebrating this April 22 by doing our part, and by encouraging all of our valued customers to do the same. If you want more great tips like these, or want to book an appointment for an installation or maintenance, feel free to contact us.
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