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Ways To Save

Ways to Save
Money - Water - Energy - Environment
It's time to go beyond switching out a lightbulb.

Whether you fix a leaky faucet, replace your water-wasting showerhead or toilet, upgrade to a tankless hot water heater, or install a hot water recirculating system, you can save water and energy, lower your utility bills, and make a better choice for your environment. In some cases you can even qualify for government rebates of up to $1500.00. 

SAVE MONEY

Installing energy and water efficient appliances doesn't just help save the environment, it saves you money. The less water and electricity you use, the lower your bills. 


SAVE WATER

Up to 40% of a household's water is used in the toilet and bathroom. You can choose from a range of water efficient plumbing products to improve your home's water efficiency.

Toilets
Toilets are perhaps the biggest water wasting appliance in your household. Around 20% of all water used in a house is flushed down the toilet. Upgrading an old toilet to a new water efficient system can make a huge difference to your household water consumption.

  1. An old toilet system can use up to 3 gallons of water per flush. New water efficient toilets used around 1.6 gallons.
  2. Replacing a single flush toilet with a dual flush system saves around 13.5 gallons a day, or 10% of our daily water usage.
  3. A single flush toilet costs three times as much as a dual flush toilet to maintain over a 10 year period.

Showers
Reducing your shower time is one of the best ways to save water, but installing water efficient shower heads is also a great way to cut your water consumption.

  1. Standard shower heads use 4-6 gallons of water a minute. Water efficient shower heads use 1.5-1.8 gallons per minute.
  2. Over the course of a year, an energy efficient shower head will save 3,830 gallons of water per household.
  3. Gas hot water costs for a standard shower head are almost double that of a water efficient shower head.

Saving tap water
A running faucet uses around 4 gallons of water a minute. A leaking faucet can waste up to 8-53 gallons a day. Try the following tips to avoid wasting tap water:

  1. Install water efficient faucets and fix any leaking faucets immediately.
  2. Never leave the faucet running while you brush your teeth.
  3. Never leave the faucet running while you shave.
  4. Never wash your dishes using a running faucet.

Other water conservation tips

  1. When buying new appliances such as dishwashers and washing machines, look for those with the highest WELS rating (a water efficiency measurement). The most efficient appliances use 50-67% less water than older models.
  2. Check for evidence of water and toilet leaks regularly. A good way to do so is by checking the water meter while all appliances, taps and toilets are not in use. If your meter is turning, this can indicate a water leakage.


SAVE ENERGY

Tankless water heaters require no pilot light and can save about half the cost of your current water heating bill since there is no re-heating of water as with traditional water heaters. Compared to a tank water heater's 60% efficiency, an 83%-94% energy-efficiency level makes tankless water heaters much more economical and eco-friendly.


SAVE THE ENVIRONMENT

Pex Tubing

Wirsbo Aquapex Tubing by Uponor

FEATURES

  • Smallest bend radius
  • Tested and proven for over 30 years
  • Most flexible tubing
  • Least likely to kink
  • Maintenance free
  • Highest degree of crosslinking

ADVANTAGES

  • Clean, green and healthy alternative — no solder nor torches, no fluxes nor solvents. All connections are made with engineered fittings that, when properly installed, are leak-resistant and will last the life of the system.
  • Lightweight and flexible, requiring substantially fewer fittings than copper or rigid-plastic systems, it installs more easily and efficiently.
  • Quiet, with no pipe noise or water hammer and features low thermal transfer, so it is virtually sweat-free in most environments.
  • Durable—The superior makeup of our PEX makes it resistant to freezing and to aggressive water and soils, the kinds of problems that cause metal systems to fail prematurely.
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