Green Services in Newburgh, Middletown,
Port Jervis and surrounding NY areas
Everyone likes to save money, and if we can benefit our environment at the same time, it’s a win-win situation. Plumbing is an area where you can reap huge savings by paying a little more up front for water and energy-efficient appliances and fixtures. Even if your fixtures are serving you well now, if you are in need of a replacement in the future consider energy-efficient alternatives.
Products with an Energy Star are always a better choice, but consider these additional green options.
Low-flow, Dual-flush Toilets
These toilets use considerably less water. Dual-flush allows you to choose how much water is used (varies based on type of waste.)
Sink and Shower
Low-flow Aerators screw right on to your faucet head and reduce water flow while maintaining pressure.
Many options exist, but look for low-flow control technology that actually increases water pressure and those with non-aerating spray which save energy. Sensor operated faucets are touch-free and conserve water.
Tankless Water Heaters
Tankless water heaters are instantaneous. They provide hot water when you want it, eliminating the energy wasted by keeping water heated in a tank. Solar water heaters can be used in any climate and sunshine is free! Tankless water heaters can be used in addition to a solar heating system.
Geothermal Ground Source Heat Pumps
- Use the earth to heat your home in the winter and cool it in the summer
- Get 95% of your hot water for free
- Reduce heating and cooling costs by 50 to 70%
How Geothermal Works
The ground remains at a constant temperature year round about six feet below the earth’s surface. In the winter months the ground is warmer than the surface and in the summer it is cooler. Using a series of liquid-filled pipes buried in the earth outside your home, a geothermal system gathers the heat from the earth and distributes it throughout your home when it’s cold outside. In the summer months, the system removes the heat from your home to cool it.
Recoup your Investment in 5 to 7 years!
A complete geothermal system and the associated labor necessary to excavate and install the loops of pipe will cost significantly more than a conventional furnace. However, a highly efficient geothermal system will save you so much in fuel bills alone that it’s possible to recoup your start-up costs in 5 to 7 years.
Learn more from the U.S. Department of Energy on their energy savings website at www.energysaver.gov/. Information on federal tax credits, appliances, heating and cooling systems, and water heating is available here.