Turn Your Winter Green with Eco-Friendly Water Heaters

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CNN reported that about 50 percent of the U.S. had snow on the ground this week. With record low temperatures and significant snowfall prior to the start of the winter season, it is vital for homeowners to begin considering various water heating options to ensure a safe and warm winter; 1st Choice Plumbing, Heating and Air Conditioning offers some valuable insight on how to choose the best, most environmentally friendly water heater before winter sets in.

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The U.S. Department of Energy estimates that by utilizing a tankless water heater, also known as an on-demand unit, homeowners can save up to 30% on the cost of heating water when compared to a traditional storage water heater.

As snowstorms and record low temperatures sweep the United States this week, it is more important than ever to take the proper winter precautions. According to CNN, the National Weather Service reported that about 50% of the country had snow on the ground on November 18. Because this is still relatively early – and still not officially the winter season – U.S. citizens need to be cognizant of the consequences of the upcoming winter.

If this week’s low temperatures and significant snow accumulations are any indication of the winter ahead, homeowners must take the initiative to become educated about the valuable water heating options available. While heating is certainly a costly expense, it is a necessity. A November 13th article published by Eco Seed, an environmental organization, stated, “Heating water accounts for around 18% of the average US household's energy use. After climate control, pumping hot water into a home to clean clothes, dishes and ourselves is the largest energy expense of running a modern house, costing a homeowner about $600 annually, and the planet much more.”

Pursuing an eco-friendly option for water heating is, perhaps, the most efficient way to save money during the wintertime. The U.S. Department of Energy estimates that by utilizing a tankless water heater, also known as an on-demand unit, homeowners can save up to 30% on the cost of heating water when compared to a traditional storage water heater. The five different types of water heaters available include storage water heaters, tankless water heaters, heat pump water heaters, solar water heaters and tankless coil and indirect water heaters. After factoring in price and efficiency levels, storage and tankless water heaters are currently the top choices. However, tankless water heaters have proven to outpace storage water heaters in respects to efficiency, for many reasons.

Because tankless water heaters heat water on demand there is no standby energy loss, thus leading to major energy savings. In addition, tankless water heaters have a life expectancy of 20 years, compared to 8 to 10 for storage units. Tankless units also present less of a risk of flooding because they don't store large volumes of water. Meanwhile, these eco-friendly water heaters can be placed outside, fit on walls, slide into cupboards, and take up significantly less square footage than other models.

Establishing that an eco-friendly water heater will prove to be beneficial is fairly simple. However, finding a reliable and knowledgeable company to install and maintain your system is slightly more complicated. While eco-friendly appliances are a fairly recent trend, it is important to find an honest company that has perfected all facets of tankless water heaters, to ensure the highest quality and value. With many years of experience, 1st Choice Plumbing, Heating and Air Conditioning has the knowledge to provide homeowners with the insight necessary for an affordable and efficient water heating system.

In addition to unparalleled knowledge and expertise, 1st Choice Plumbing, Heating and Air Conditioning guarantees homeowners the highest value with eco-friendly water heater financing options. Their Home Climate Card credit card program does not require a down payment or annual fee. In addition, the Home Climate Card helps customers gain credit for future repairs, maintenance and installations. 1st Choice Plumbing’s water heating financing includes low monthly payments, generous credit lines, competitive interest rates and a straightforward application process.

Brave the cold months ahead with the most environmentally and economically sound option available. By replacing a basic water heater with a tankless water heater homeowners will not only save money, but also conserve energy, allowing for the best of both worlds. For more information about eco-friendly water heaters, call 1st Choice Plumbing, Heating and Air Conditioning at 201-288-0390 today!

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