Cutting Energy Costs

What is a Green Plumber?

by raleigh plumbers on May 11, 2015

Poole’s Plumbing is a certified Raleigh Green Plumber. While many consumers may not be completely sure of what exactly a Green Plumber is, there are many advantageous reasons for you to learn more about them and hire out your next installation or repair job to them.

The Raleigh Green Plumber professionals at Poole’s have received extensive training on all the latest water and energy saving technologies. Ranging from water or climate care to solar hot water and many other items to help you conserve and save, while helping the environment, green certified plumbers have fully committed to taking the time to train each of their employees and technicians that will be performing plumbing services in your home or place of business to adhere to the Green Plumber code of ethics.

When choosing a plumber, there are two main points that should steer your decision toward a green certified plumbing company. First, plain and simple, would be to save you money on both water and electric bills. A Green Plumber can be hired to perform a 50 point water audit at your residence and once completed can direct you towards reducing your personal water, sewer, and energy bills. Additionally, through this audit they can also advise you on conserving your resources to help reduce your environmental impact.

By suggesting options that would best suit you and your needs from high efficiency water heads or toilets, tankless water heaters, faucet aerators, and even solar hot water systems, your choice to “go green” when selecting a Raleigh plumber can start you on the road to cutting both costs and energy consumption, and in saving water and energy help the environment as a result

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One of the many energy conserving methods that the Raleigh professional plumbers at Poole’s Plumbing can help you to achieve is through their installation of low flow shower heads, which can help to cut your costs, while still giving you the comfort in a shower head and pressure levels you desire on any of these fixtures you may choose.

With the low flow showerheads, for the maximum in water efficiency, it is recommended to choose a fixture with a flow rate of less than 2.5 gpm. Many older showerheads, whether they are aerating, which mixes air with water or laminar-flow, which form individual streams of water had flow rates more than twice that recommended figure. With the low flow heads being able to be had at $10-20 for some of the units, it is worth looking into, as they can save you on your water costs by an estimated 25-60 percent.

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Energy.gov offers several tips on how to decide if your shower head is costing you too much, suggesting a quick and simple, three step test to determine if a switch to low flow would be worth your while. First, they suggest you simply place a bucket, which is marked in gallon increments under the shower head. Next, simply turn on the shower at the normal water pressure you use. Lastly, time how many seconds it takes to reach that one gallon mark. The site goes on to explain that if it takes less than 20 seconds to reach the one gallon mark that you could stand to save money on water costs with the switch to a low flow shower head.

If conserving water, cutting costs and saving energy is something you are looking to do, this is just one of the many ways that the Raleigh professional plumbers at Poole’s can start you on your way to lowering those water bills.

Tankless Water Heaters : Pros and Cons

by raleigh plumbers on April 20, 2015

Tankless Water HeatersThe Raleigh water heater specialists at Poole’s Plumbing specialize in an array of services, with one being installation and servicing of your water heater. With a wide selection of both Tankless Water Heaters and conventional model water heaters from all of the most trusted name in plumbing products at your disposal with our Raleigh water heater specialists at Poole’s, deciding whether or not  Tankless Water Heaters are the right fit for you is one that should be weighed out carefully.

The website, howstuffworks.com recently did an in depth analysis that can help you to properly analyze whether Tankless Water Heaters would be the most cost effective and best fit in your home or place of business, detailing both the benefits and drawbacks as follows:

Benefits:

  • Most Tankless Water Heaters come with a federal tax rebate of $300.
  • They never run out of hot water.
  • They last five to 10 years longer than tank heaters.
  • They’re more efficient with no standby heat loss.
  • Tankless Water Heaters take up less space and can even be installed on walls or outdoors with an anti-freeze kit.
  • Smaller units can be installed under cabinets or in a closet, closer to the point of use.
  • They only need enough power to heat the amount of water necessary at any given moment.
  • You can shave as much as 20 percent from your water heating bill.
  • Electric models don’t produce greenhouse gases.
  • Most units are operated by remote control and have up to four separate settings available.
  • There’s no possibility of flooding due to a ruptured tank.

Drawbacks:

  • They cost up to three times as much as a tank water heater.
  • Your hot water output is split among all your household fixtures.
  • You may need to add a larger natural gas line to supply the unit with enough fuel.
  • Venting gas and propane units requires expensive stainless steel tubing.
  • Electric models may require an additional circuit.
  • Gas-powered units produce greenhouse gases.
  • Gas units require the additional expense of an annual servicing.
  • Electric models require a lot of energy.
  • They need a minimum flow rate of .5 GPM in order to activate the heat exchanger.
  • Lag time can require you to run your water in order to get to the hot water, increasing water waste.

Other Considerations:

  • Water heating accounts for about 20 percent of your home energy budget.
  • A whole-house electric model costs $500-$700.
  • A whole-house gas model costs $1,000-$2,000.
  • Electric models are generally cheaper to install than gas.
  • Natural gas is less expensive now, but expected to surpass electricity in the coming years.
  • A standard bathtub holds about 35 gallons, soaking tubs hold between 45-80 gallons.

In addition to these points, there are many other valid points to consider when looking into the possibility of going with Tankless Water Heaters. The entire analysis can be seen at this link, home.howstuffworks.com .


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