Green Services in Ulster, Dutchess, Orange, Putnam, Rockland, Westchester and Sullivan Counties
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.
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 https://www.energy.gov/energysaver/energy-saver. Information on federal tax credits, appliances, heating and cooling systems, and water heating is available here.