Barry Jolly is the owner of Jolly Plumbing, a full-service plumbing and drain company that serves its clients 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. According to him, there are all types of ways that homeowners can go green with the plumbing in their homes. Here, Jolly shares some most popular eco-friendly products and techniques his clients are often asking about.
Using less energy is a big thing for a lot of my clients right now, both for the environmental benefits as well as the cost savings that comes along with it.
Tankless Water Heaters
There are a number of ways we can help our clients save on the energy they use. For good reason, more and more people are choosing tankless water heaters over traditional ones these days. Tankless water heaters are big energy savers because they use gas or electricity to provide hot water on demand, reducing standby energy losses that cost you money. In addition, they usually last about twice as long as standard heaters. And numerous tankless heaters qualify for a three hundred dollar energy rebate, saving you even more.
For people who haven’t seen one before, tankless water heaters are just cabinets that hang on the wall. With a system like this, you only heat the water when you turn the hot water on, which is a big saving as far as energy consumption is concerned. As soon as you’re done using the water, the heat mechanism shuts off, and it doesn’t turn on again until you need the hot water again. So that is definitely a big trend for our clients who are interested in going green right now.
A lot of tax credits are being offered for those who buy low-energy technology this year. As far as the tankless water heaters go, for example, there is currently a tax credit that can add up to $800 in savings for homeowners who purchase these appliances.
Here at Jolly Plumbing, we do a lot of septic work as well. It is important for people to maintain those systems so they don’t hurt the environment with leakage or anything like that. When it comes to septic installation and septic tank pumping, homeowners need to get these things done regularly so that they don’t have sewage coming out on the ground or discharging into the nearby creeks, rivers, or lakes.
If you want to be good to the environment, good septic tank maintenance is important. It is necessary to pump your septic tank about every four or five years, so don’t try scrimping on that.
In short, I would say that more people are asking about what environmentally-friendly options are available when it comes to their plumbing systems. But they should be aware that these new low-energy products can be more expensive, so not everybody can necessarily afford this upgrade. For example, a typical tankless water heater installation for a home is around $2,500, compared to a regular one, which is about $800. So there is a big price difference. But for people who are ready to take the plunge, enough eco-friendly products are out there that they’ll be able to find something they like and want to use in their house.