These days, environmentally-conscious homeowners all over the country are on the lookout for ways to conserve natural resources. Water is no exception. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the average household wastes as much as 10,000 gallons of water per year, and the amount floats closer to 12,000 gallons in especially leaky homes. On a national scale, U.S. citizens are said to throw away a combined total of 1 trillion gallons annually.
But as eager as many people might be to help out Mother Earth, the prospect of saving a few dollars in the process could make them more willing. Individuals who want to cut down on their energy use and utility bills may consider installing a tankless water heater, which an affordable plumbing company should be happy to help out with.
According to the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), tankless water heaters work by raising water temperature directly via electricity or gas, and redirecting cold water when a tap for hot is switched on. This eliminates those always-annoying waits for shower water to heat up sufficiently, while conserving the cold water that’s wasted in the time it takes your bathroom to get nice and steamy.
The government agency notes that tankless heaters have the potential to use 35 percent less energy than conventional water heating apparatuses, particularly in homes that don’t use much more than 40 gallons of hot water per day. While they require a larger initial investment, tankless water heaters typically last 20 years before needing to be replaced – twice as long as conventional heaters.
However, those interested in setting their home up with one of these devices should keep a few potential downsides in mind. The DOE states that tankless heaters may struggle to keep up if more than one water outlet is in use at a time. For example, if a person was running a hot shower and a dishwasher simultaneously. Purchasing and utilizing multiple tankless heaters is suggested as one possible solution for that issue.
One might assume that plumbers would oppose measures consumers could take to make their homes’ various pipes and conduits more efficient, and less in need of expensive repairs. However, that does not appear to be the case. Recently, the Navien corporation, itself a manufacturer of tankless water heaters, tipped its collective hat to Plumbing Manufactures International for championing water-conserving, environmentally friendly legislation.