Over the last few years, Abacus Plumbing & Air Conditioning has witnessed an ever-growing social awareness towards “going green.” The terminology alone connotes both an ideology benefiting the continued success of our planet and preserving the integrity of our environment as well as, in many cases, the fiscal impact that catering to environmental responsibility can have on the consumers check book. Heating and air technology as well as plumbing offer exciting new possibilities, both for the environment and the consumer.
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The first question a homeowner may ask when considering green technology for their heating, air, and plumbing needs will be: “What does it cost?” Abacus Plumbing & Air Conditioning AC Repair understands the vast majority of homeowners would consider “going green” a luxury for the wealthy. Many are now beginning to take an objective look at exactly what they stand to save and the answer is much more immediately gratifying than the rhetorical response: “the planet”.
Consider a house or home without any of the advantages of green technology and think of just how much is being wasted. A two-hour home audit will evaluate opportunities such as insulation and circulation. Poor insulation, for instance, allows hot air out and/or cold air in the attic. This requires heating and air systems to work harder and operate more frequently than what is necessary--causing a spike in costs yearly. Addressing plumbing issues, such as leaky pipes, can have a substantial impact on the fiscal punch received by the water bill. It isn't about preserving the environment; leaning out waste also preserves livelihoods.
Know the Options
There are many ways for “going green” at home. Some manufactures are starting to offer systems that use solar panels to help power air conditioning units. And the latest in tankless water heaters and new hybrid tank-tankless water heaters that only use energy to heat water when you need it are becoming more popular and in demand, though consumers need to evaluate their homes needs, cost savings benefits versus cost of installation versus traditional tank water heaters, and environmentally friendly attic insulation, or technology that simply seals the attic to prevent loss of hot or cool air are just a few ways the homeowner can make an impact on his or her bank statements and the environment. There’s also technology such as a hot water recirculating pump that can reduce the wasted water waiting for hot water to get to a faucet or shower. Just a couple gallons per incident can save hundreds and thousands of gallons per year per home.
“Going green” does not mean one size fits all, and it doesn’t always mean buying new products, but can mean identifying the areas of your home that need improvement or adjustments. And, most manufacturers are now building energy saving, green compliant products, improving their old technologies, which means just upgrading to the latest version of the products you have can have a substantial benefit in energy savings. Abacus Plumbing & Air Conditioning reviews a variety of options in the green technology field. There are many alternatives for consumers to consider, for both heating and plumbing such as high-efficiency toilets, shower heads, and faucets might make more sense when “going green” and even increase the value of your home. .
The question remains: does going green mean better performance? Not necessarily. The simple truth is that focus on better performance allows for a lapse in judgment when it comes to environmental integrity. On the other hand, heavy emphasis on minimizing the amount of damage done to the environment can also mean a sacrifice in performance.
There can be synergy between the two. The balance between some of the aforementioned technologies in regards to environmental responsibility versus financial impact no longer means mutual exclusivity. The growing trend towards green technology in the home is a popular one precisely because of its dualistic nature. The consumer can now both save the planet and his wallet from despair and condemnation simply by employing a few, if not all, of the “green” advances in heating, air, and plumbing.
The trend towards leaving environmental negligence behind and “going green” in the home is an obvious one. The government has jumped on the bandwagon by providing tax breaks for those who choose to do so and businesses, small and large, are following suit. Why? Going green helps protect the environment while simultaneously saving the consumer hundreds, if not thousands, of dollars annually on expenditure aimed at plumbing, heating, and air.
While it’s true that not every avenue is viable for every consumer, every consumer DOES have an avenue. There is a synergistic relationship between being eco-friendly and managing expenses. These are the fundamentals behind the movement towards going green; Abacus Plumbing & Air Conditioning in Houston knows it makes dollars and sense, and can help consumers identify what solutions make the most sense.