Long before “green” became a household word the plumbers that now work for Village Plumbing were installing minimal -consumption shower heads, low flush toilets and high-efficiency heating systems. Why? Because products that conserve natural resources and save homeowner’s money on their fuel bills make good sense. As plumbers with over twenty years experience we are dedicated to designing and installing state-of- the art plumbing, heating, cooling and solar systems that help to make a home both efficient and comfortable to live in.
Green Plumbing Options:
Solar Hot Water—The Intelligent Choice for A Green Solution
Discover the many benefits of today’s solar hot water systems and beat high energy costs. Our solar packages provide abundant hot water and can reduce your gas/oil bill by as much as one-third. Additionally, federal and state tax credits totaling as much as $3,000 will significantly reduce the cost of this system. Save Energy – Save the Planet with Solar!
Energy Efficient Heating Systems
Whether you are installing a new system or evaluating an old system, efficiency should be a factor in your decision making process. The rising oil and gas prices have made it more costly to heat our homes. Additionally, our nation’s dependency on foreign oil can be reduced if consumers take advantage of newer more energy efficient products. A boiler or furnace manufactured today has a much higher efficiency rating than one manufactured more than fifteen years ago. The AFUE (annual fuel utilization efficiency) measures how efficiently a furnace or boiler will operate. The AFUE is a percentage of the amount of energy consumed that is converted to useful heat. The higher the AFUE, the more efficient the system. Most furnaces installed from the 1950s through the early 1980s had AFUEs of around 65%. Federal law now requires gas furnaces to have minimum AFUEs of 78%. Some furnaces on the market today have AFUEs as high as 97%. The components of a heating system are also a factor in overall efficiency. A boiler or furnace manufactured within the last fifteen years can be retrofitted with new parts and controls to increase its efficiency. This upgrade could improve the efficiency of a sound but older system. The U.S. Department of Energy has a website (www.eere.energy.gov) with a table to help estimate the amount of savings that a new more efficient boiler or furnace could provide.
Radiant Floor Heat
Radiant heat is the Cadillac of all heating systems. It can be installed in conjunction with a forced hot water system by heating specific areas of the home with the radiant heat and others with more conventional baseboard. Radiant heat uses hot water to heat the floors, walls or ceilings of a room. Though more costly to install it is less costly and more efficient to operate since the water utilized is heated to a lower temperature than a conventional forced hot water system. Radiant heat is subtle and passive; you barely know it’s there yet every surface in the home is gently warmed. Counters and furnishings that would feel harshly cold with a conventional heating system feel comfortably warm to the touch with a radiant system. Ceramic tile responds wonderfully to radiant heat. Tile floors that would feel shockingly cold underfoot take on the texture of gently warmed stone when radiant heat is installed beneath. Radiant heating can be installed in both new and existing homes.
The new lower flow toilets have been mandated to save precious and limited resources. Today’s new lower flow toilets utilize only 1.6 gallons per flush. Many of these new toilets flush better than the old 7 gpf toilets. Switching to a low-flush toilet can save as much as $50—$100 per year on water and wastewater bills. Good for the wallet—good for the environment.
Minimal Consumption Shower Heads
Installing Low-Flow shower heads and faucet aerators is the single most effective water conservation savings you can do for your home. Inexpensive to install, low-flow shower heads and faucet aerators can reduce your home water consumption as much as 50%, and reduce your energy cost of heating the water also by as much as 50%.