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Friday, May 31, 2013

Installing A Tankless Water Heater Reduces Pollution In Southern California

When you purchase a water heater, you're making a decision that affects the environment and your health. When a tankless water heater is properly and professionally installed you will use less energy, less water, reduce pollution, and make your local landfill happy.

Reduce Energy Consumption and its Environmental Impacts

The energy you use to heat your water comes from a variety of sources: coal, natural gas, and nuclear power. So when you use less energy by using a tankless water heater you'll make a positive environmental impact in the following ways...

No harmful waste bi-products

No expensive remediation costs

No depletion of the natural resource base, 
wildlife habitat loss, and biodiversity threats. 

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Reduce Pollution

Pilot lights on traditional water heaters are a very dirty source of pollution. When you think about it, pilot lights are polluting 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. That's why organizations like the Southern Californian Air Resources Board are pushing so hard for tankless water heaters-reducing pollution by eliminating millions of standing pilot lights in the nations second largest city, Los Angeles. 

Reduce CO and Nox Emissions

Some tankless models receive approval for low emissions (CO, Nox). Tankless units are almost entirely recyclable. The materials in a tankless are very different from a traditional water heater. Every year more than 7 million used traditional water heaters are taken to landfills in the United States. A tankless water heater is, for the most part, recyclable, so they don't end up in your local landfill. It is estimated that if people replaced their traditional units with tankless there would be a savings of millions of gallons of oil each year, millions of gallons of propane, and billions of kilowatt hours.

Your Health

Believe it or not, hot water heaters have been associated with Legionnaire's disease-a bacterial respiratory disease similar to pneumonia. The bacteria is sometimes found in hot water systems that stagnates; like shower heads, water heaters, and faucets. Anytime there is a reservoir of standing water there is always a danger of bacteria and mold presenting themselves.

Upgrade your traditional water heater for a tankless one today. Contact Los Angeles area JO-MI Plumbing at 310-473-8111 to start saving money and the environment.

Thursday, May 30, 2013

What Does The Average Household Spend On Energy Costs According To The California Energy Commission?

According to the California Energy Commission, the average household spends $1,900 a year on energy costs. Here are a few helpful tips to lower your utility bills all while conserving energy: 
  • Avoid using your stove and oven as much as possible. Cooking with your microwave uses two-thirds less energy than your stove and won't heat up your kitchen in the process. 
  • Today's dish-washing machines are far more efficient then older models and thus use less water than washing dishes by hand. Letting dishes air dry will cut energy costs even further. 
  • Keeping your fridge packed with food actually helps your fridge to work less hard to stay cool. 
  • Set your air conditioner to 78 degrees when you're home and 85 degrees or higher when you're away. Be sure to use room fans and drink plenty of water! 
  • Washing laundry in cold water can save as much as 4% on your bill. 
  • Hang drying clothes can save as much as 5% on your bill. 
  • Setting your pool's vacuum to only operate four to five hours at a time during off peak hours can save you 1-2% per hour of reduction. 
  • When you're not using them, turn off your appliances, lights, and anything else that can be turned off. This can save you 2% in energy costs. 
  • By unplugging electronic devices when they're not in use you can save 1-2% on your utility bill. 
  • Have an extra fridge in the garage? You can save as much as $150 per year just by unplugging it. 
Looking to upgrade old plumbing fixtures and appliances with newer, more cost efficient models? Contact Los Angeles area JO-MI Plumbing at 310-473-8111.