Smart plumbers have caught on to the fact that their industry is changing. In addition to understanding basic plumbing repairs, you may be surprised what your plumber knows about green technology. Some organizations, like Green Plumbers USA, even offer certification to plumbers who want to learn about environmentally friendly technology and techniques. Consider five major benefits of hiring a green plumber:
1) Reduce Greenhouse Emissions
Your green plumber will help you to identify ways to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from your home. In addition to advising you on energy efficient appliances, such as hot water heaters and washing machines, green plumbers know how to install the appliances in a cost-effective way. If you decide to convert to a new technology for heating your home, such as solar, then green plumbers will help you to integrate your old appliances into your new environmentally friendly system. In addition to helping the environment, you’ll save a significant amount of money on energy costs.
2) Conserve Water
Homeowners in many cities across America have experienced the inconvenience of water shortages. Fortunately, you can work with a green plumber to curb excess water usage in your home. Plumbers will help you to install devices that conserve water, such as low-flow toilets and showerheads. In addition, plumbers will give you advice about domestic wastewater treatment and products to help conserve water in your sewage and storm drainage systems.
3) Invest in Water Efficient Technology
Green plumbers understand the latest in water efficient technology, such as graywater systems, rainwater recycling systems and even recovery of HVAC condensation. Plumbers are familiar with any safety issues involved in water recycling and will make sure to comply with environmental regulations and codes. From simple rain barrel installations to recycling graywater for landscaping, a green plumber will provide solutions for your home.
4) Install Solar Hot Water
Many homeowners are beginning to see the potential of switching to solar as an energy source for both electricity and hot water. An experienced green plumber will know how to install solar hot water systems and advise you on the best installation configuration for your home. Your green plumber will even be up-to-date on the latest federal and state government tax rebates that you will receive for installing a solar hot water system.
5) Obtain Water and Energy Audits
To help you determine ways that you can curb water and energy usage, plumbers with training in green technology can perform both water and energy audits. Whether you’re interested in solutions for a home or a commercial property, your green plumber will help you to develop both large-scale and small-scale solutions to make your building more environmentally friendly.
Savvy homeowners want to help the environment while cutting costs at the same time. Often, the changes that your green plumber suggests will require an initial investment. However, in the long run, the changes will save a significant amount of money. Instead of waiting until your next pipe freezes, call a green plumber now to take proactive steps toward making your home environmentally friendly.