Plumbing Goes Green

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Going Green in Sacramento California

In this decade, water shortages from coast to coast especially California, has become the norm instead of the exception. Making a positive impact on the environment by conserving water is very important. “Going Green” is a buzzword for the future of the planet. People all over the world are making sure we as consumers are thinking about all things Green right now. New strategies addressing both residential and commercial ways for reducing water use, are not just hot topics in Sacramento, statewide or nationwide. This is a global situation. Questions arise daily about when and how you as a consumer can start to make a difference.

Water is everywhere right? But have you asked yourself lately if we will have enough for our homes in 5 years or 10 years? We need to save more water for the future in Sacramento & California. In 1999 a report from the American WWARF tells us that the nation’s residential indoor water use is dominated by toilets, clothes washers, showers, dishwashers, faucets, and (surprisingly) leaks. In the average 2 bedrooms, 2 bath homes, each has an average of 10 faucets, 2 toilets, a shower & tub, a washing machine, a dishwasher and sprinklers. Right now count how many water use products you have in your home. Now ask yourself how can you save the environment? As a consumer more and more of the nation’s population are trying to figure out where can they begin to do their part?

Let Crystal Blue Plumbing, Heating & Air show you how to “Go Green” with environmentally friendly plumbing fixtures that will save you money. More importantly, you will be extremely surprised how much you can save if you just make that first leap. If you haven’t taken the first step, or would like to do more, then let’s explore some easy ways to begin that process.

Sacramento’s green plumber

We at Crystal Blue Plumbing, Heating & Air stand ready to evaluate your home, show you the products available & discuss new technology that we believe you can start you going green right now.

Crystal blue Plumbing believes by employing both current and new technology you can save valuable water for our Sacramento water shed. Call us today and ask our qualified staff about Going Green with Crystal Blue Plumbing, Heating & Air. Make an appointment for us to visit your home. We have ideas that will impact the environment that begins with you!

Where to Start Going Green

Most homes and commercial businesses have pipes that deliver water to plumbing fixtures of all kinds. Crystal Blue Plumbing, Heating & Air in Sacramento, California, promotes opportunities for improving water efficiency. The high efficiency products we sell will reduce your water usage, and over time will result in an overall net savings.

Consider these items as a great starting place:

For most commercial industries here are a few items that could be made for environmentally friendly:

  • Commercial Clothes Washers
  • Commercial Dishwashers New & Improved
  • Commercial Steamers Maintain Higher Energy
  • Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning (HVAC) Systems
  • Cooling Towers
  • Commercial Boilers
  • Process Equipment
  • Water-efficient Irrigation

There are strong indications that water will become a more limited resource over the coming decades. It is important for home and building professionals to pay close attention to these trends, building up the expertise needed to reduce water consumption in and around buildings, should supply become further constrained. Crystal Blue Plumbing will always encourage wise management of our water resource. Finally here in Sacramento, Crystal Blue Plumbing challenges you to start now. You can make a difference and get a head start on helping to increase your Green Footprint. Call us today and ask our qualified staff about Going Green with environmentally friendly plumbing and Crystal Blue Plumbing.

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Sacramento Asks Questions & Gets Answers

What are Aerators?

Changing showerheads and faucet aerators can cut water use almost invisibly, and for City of Sacramento Water customers, it could result in instant savings. These screened devices that fit over the faucet mix air into the water as it flows through the spigot. Before an aerator, a bathroom faucet delivers 3-5 gallons per minute. Older aerators reduce that to as little as 2 gallons a minute, and new ones, slow the flow to 1 gallon a minute. Kitchen faucet aerators cut the flow to 1.5 gallons per minute. The federal standard for showerheads is 2.5 gallons per minute and older ones use 3 gallons a minute. Showerheads use 1.75 gallons per minute, and have adjustable flow patterns. Potential savings: a couple thousand gallons a year.

What Is A High Efficiency Toilet?

Today’s valve toilets use only 1.28 gallons of water per flush. The Energy Policy Act of 1992 (EPAct92) mandated a maximum of 1.6 gallons of water per flush (gpf) 6 liters per flush, for most toilets beginning in 1994 (and for flushometer-valve toilets beginning in 1997). In spite of all the initial problems, performance has improved dramatically in the past ten years. Desires for even better efficiency now fuels demand for toilets that use at least 20% less water than standard 1.6-gpf models. (HETs). These new State of the art High-efficiency toilets today are available with gravity-flush, pressure-assist, and flush-o-meter valve mechanisms. Pressure-assist toilets, which compress air at the top of the refill tank to increase the flush velocity, use as little as 0.8 gpf and typically achieve excellent performance. Flush-o-meter-valve toilets, which use direct water pressure without a tank, more are common in commercial buildings, but newer products are being selected in homes as well.

What does this mean to you?

green-footprintDid you know that the EPAct92 limits the flow rate of residential kitchen and lavatory (bathroom) faucets to 2.5 gpm at 80 psi, or 2.2 gpm at 60 psi? EPA’s WaterSense has adopted a more aggressive maximum flow rate of 1.5 gpm (5.7 lpm) at 60 psi for residential lavatory faucets; because of the need to fill kitchen pots with water. A new WaterSense standard for kitchen faucets, to date has not been adopted yet. It is very possible that you can implement technology to save money in all these locations in your home or business. Flow controllability is a significant water-saving feature and something you can do over a short period of time or all at once. The Plumbing industry as a whole is constantly changing to offer better products to their customers. Its possible (HETs) may become standard nationwide in a few short years. California has already passed legislation that will mandate that all new toilets sold or installed in the state after 2014 be (HETs). So how does this affect you? The less water you use means you save money. Change is coming! Have you installed you’re High Efficiency Toilets in your home yet? Call Crystal Blue Plumbing for your home or business, we have a solution to begin that process for you today.

Are all shower heads the same?

Showerheads are showerheads right? Not anymore. Showerheads, like toilets, are regulated by EPAct92, which established a limit of 2.5 gallons per minute (gpm) or 9.5 liters per minute at 80 psi of water pressure. Because all showers use hot water, reducing water use also saves you the consumer energy. Did You Know That Replacing An Older Showerhead Can Save You Money? Are you aware that replacing an older showerhead, (which flows at 5 gpm or more), with a unit that uses 2.0 gpm or less, can pay for itself through reduced water and energy use in just a few months? Today the best showerheads are designed for water efficiency from the ground up. Some models do rely on the Venturi effect to aerate droplets and create the feel of a forceful shower while using relatively little water. But many manufacturers like Delta, Kohler, Grohe & Price Pfister have gone even further in showerhead redesign, by creating what is called a pulsed shower with large droplets. It is possible that you will see new and more improved standards on the horizon. You can’t afford to wait any longer to start changing out those old shower heads. Showerheads Can Save You Money! Call Crystal Blue Plumbing today and talk with a qualified technician.

Tankless Water Heaters – How Much Can They Really Save You?

Tankless water heaters provide hot water at a preset temperature only when needed, or on demand, eliminating standby loss. While Tankless Water Heaters may cost more at first, they pay for themselves very quickly. Tankless Water Heaters range in price from $200 for a small under-sink unit up to $2,000 for a gas-fired unit that can deliver up to six to nine gallons of hot water per minute. This is quite a bit more hot water than a typical tank system will deliver. Many of the new high-efficiency Hot Water Tank units can cost nearly as much as the high-end tankless ones. While installation costs for a tankless Water Heater may run up to two to four times higher than tank types. It becomes a toss up on the money. Do you want to save now or in a few months?

While installation is easiest in new construction for the tankless models; it is also possible to retrofit your current home or business by re-sizing gas supply lines and handling extra wiring that may be needed to perform properly. Gas tankless units cost 20 to 40 percent less per year to operate. The expected life of a tankless units is also greater: 20 years as opposed to 10 to 12 years for tank-type units. Evaluating these figures and your Sacramento water life style is what Crystal Blue Plumbing can help you with. By educating you with what options are best for you, your home and your return on investment. Crystal Blue Plumbing you’re Sacramento based Green Plumber will help you conserve water, save money, add value to your asset and protect the environment.

Are you ready for a tankless water heater in your Sacramento home?

Call today to talk with one of our tankless experts and start SAVING NOW!

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Hot Water Circulator Comfort You Control – Is It A Worthwhile Investment?

How much water in your home or business goes down the drain while you wait for hot water? If you have to wait for hot water in bathrooms and kitchens, you are wasting a tremendous amount of water. So is everyone else outside Sacramento and California, so it becomes a national problem. The amount of water this waste depends on the pipe diameter and the distance between the fixture and the water heater; the flow rate of the end-use fixture may also affect the waste slightly and it significantly affects the wait time for hot water. You may ask at this point what you can do to improve this. You may ask is this a worthwhile investment? You may need to evaluate for yourself what is taking place in your own home or business before you can answer that question.

In the past, such systems are and have been very common in hotels, but in the last few years, are becoming more and more common in homes. These systems act like a user which activates a small pump, by either pushing a button or tripping an occupancy sensor that quickly delivers hot water. Cold water that had been sitting in the hot-water pipes, meanwhile, returns to the water heater instead of running out of the tap. When hot water reaches the fixture, a temperature sensor turns off the pump. These systems create a loop between the existing hot and cold lines allowing you easy installation and no wall damage to add a third line.

Installing a continuous-circulation system, which maintains a loop of circulating hot water, will save water while eliminating the wait for hot water. In fact many such systems are very common in hotels, and are becoming increasingly more popular in homes. Timer-controlled circulators will reduce this energy waste by turning off the pump during certain periods of day or night. It is reported to be around 80% savings depending on what system you decide to use. To combat this huge national problem, state of the art continuous-circulation systems are coming being installed all over the nation. These new innovative products maintain a loop of circulating hot water, and can save water while eliminating the wait for hot water.

How can Sacramento help save water?

  • Simple, inexpensive aerators
  • Installing new technology water saving faucets
  • Foot/knee controls so that users can turn water on and off without using their hands
  • Sensor-activated controls that actually save water
  • Take shorter showers to reduce water use
  • Install a low-flow showerhead, insulate hot water pipes to minimize heat loss
  • Plant drought-tolerant native plants in your garden
  • Check your water meter for water lose (30 min check running no water)
  • Get comfort re-circ system
  • Turn off water while brushing teeth or shaving
  • While showering get wet, turn off water, lather up and turn water back on to rinse
  • Fix any drippy taps, hose bibs and leaking toilets
  • Wash only full loads of dishes and clothes
  • Bucket – catch wasted water before it goes down the drain, re-use it to water plants
  • Bucket – catch wasted water while waiting for hot water
  • Bucket – wash your fruit and veggies instead of running water down the drain