Going Green

We live in a world with finite resources. It makes good sense to live in a way that is aware of the environment, going green, while working to leave a better, cleaner planet for our grandchildren.

You may say that sounds good, but what can one person do? The answer is a whole lot! Going green does not have to be a struggle. The choices we make daily affect our impact on the earth, so make good choices. There are many ways that you can start to live a greener life today!

Trees As Gifts

Next time you decide to brighten someone’s day with a silly gift or a delivery of flowers, why not buy them a tree. Planting a tree is fun, an earth-friendly way to celebrate a milestone event that lives for years and years, and benefits the environment in a way that truly keeps on giving and giving. You can choose a lovely shade tree or a flowering fruit tree for someone that has room for a new addition to their landscape, or give a gift of a container planted dwarf tree for greenery indoors or on the deck or balcony. Greenery indoors helps to remove toxins and pollutants from the air and celebrates life in a way that cut flowers never can.

Shop Locally

Forget purchasing food that has traveled miles to get to your house. Buy local and buy fresh. Shop at the farmer’s market and support local businesses. Much of the food purchased at supermarkets is prepackaged, and you end up paying for wrappings, plastic trays, tape, and plastic wrappings that end up in the landfill. Be part of the solution and not a part of the problem. Always use recyclable bags for shopping and avoid foods with excessive packing materials.

Let There Be Light

Take advantage of natural light to set the rhythm of your day. Get up early to do your chores using natural light rather than waiting until evening when you have to turn on lights to see to work. If you are building or remodeling, consider adding lots of windows to take advantage of natural light in all seasons.

Choose eco-friendly lighting fixtures and bulbs to reduce energy consumption and save money. Energy efficient light bulbs reduce energy consumption by 75 percent over standard light bulbs.

Turn down the thermostat to save energy. Keeping the home two to five degrees cooler than normal during winter months has a significant impact on fuel consumption and energy use. Put another blanket on the bed or wear a sweater and you will be more than comfortable.

Stop Wasting Food

While millions of people in the world are starving, most people in America waste a huge percentage of the food they grow or purchase. As much as 40 percent ends up in the compost bin or landfill. Make it a family goal to not over purchase when shopping: buying only what you can consume before produce, meat and products start to spoil.

Walk More, Drive Less

Not only will you save money, walking or bicycling to work is a great way to lose a few pounds, get in shape, and ease up on the amount of fossil fuels you use. If you can’t walk or bike to work, ride in a carpool or use public transportation whenever possible.

Get Rid Of The Clutter In Your Life

Clean out closets and drawers, getting rid of clothing and items that no longer serve a purpose. Recycle useable items and let them serve someone else.

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Tankless Hot Water Heaters For The Home

Hot water is a necessity in the home. We require it for personal hygiene, cooking, and household cleaning. Most homeowners never give their water heating system a second thought, assuming that they will have plenty of hot water on a day-in-day-out basis. However, if you are enjoying a long, hot shower and the water suddenly goes cold because somewhere else in the house someone turned on a hot water tap, you know the frustration of an inadequate hot water supply. If there is not enough hot water for family members to bathe without waiting for the tank to reheat after someone else has recently taken a shower or run a load of laundry, it may be a good time to consider installing a tankless hot water on demand system.

On Demand Water Tanks Are Energy Efficient

Heating the water in your home with a conventional water heater can account for as much as 30 percent of your utility bill. When compared to all the appliances, entertainment equipment, and computers that are on constantly, it is evident that your conventional water heater is demanding more energy than its fair share. Dependent on the size of your household and consumption, your conventional hot water tank, if old, inefficient or defective, could be driving your energy bills beyond the comfort level of your budget.

An instant, on-demand tankless water system, is energy efficient: reducing your energy consumption by 30 to 40 percent. A tankless hot water tank operates differently than a conventional hot water tank. In an on-demand system, water is heated only when it is needed.

If you want to run the dishwasher while taking a shower, there is a constant supply of hot water for every task. No more waiting for the tank to heat back up even if multiple demands are made on the system at the same time.

Following the trend to build homes eco-friendly homes, green builders are installing tankless water heating systems in new home construction. Many homeowners faced with having to replace a defective conventional water tank are also switching to a tankless system. If you are contemplating replacing your hot water tank, a tankless hot water system will provide an energy-efficient source of endless hot water at an affordable price.

Safety First

Another important consideration when deciding to opt for installing a tankless water heating system is that this type of system is safer than a conventional water tank. A standard water tank stores water that can be a fertile breeding ground for bacteria such as Legionella. A conventional water heater must be maintained at an elevated temperature to keep this type of bacteria from multiplying. Keeping the tank hot continuously uses a lot of energy that adds to your utility bill monthly.

Talk To A Professional

Your professional plumbing contractor can review your floor plan and household pattern of water usage to determine if a single or multiple tankless water systems are the best plan for your home. Although a bit of periodic maintenance is required the same as with a conventional water tank, if properly installed a tankless system will last for 20 years while still maintaining its efficiency.

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