Thursday, April 29, 2010

Going Green With Your Plumbing

Pete's Plumbing Inc.


We are going Green! How about you?

Helping Homeowners Save Money through Eco-Friendly Plumbing Services

Today’s homeowners are concerned about the environment but they also have concerns about high utility costs and expensive plumbing repairs. Here to help is Pete’s Plumbing, Inc., a well-established, full-service plumbing partner that now offers money saving eco-friendly solutions alongside its traditional service/repair and emergency 24-hour services. Pete’s Plumbing Inc. is one of the first plumbing firms to offer these money saving eco friendly products and services in your area.

So, what is “green” plumbing anyway? “Green” Eco-friendly products focus primarily on water conservation. These products are designed to use considerably less water than older products. By leveraging the latest technology, Pete’s Plumbing offers a full range of products, such as high-efficiency toilets, faucets, showerheads, and spray rinse valves as well as energy-efficient tank less and on-demand water heaters.

Major brands homeowners recognize such as Kohler, Delta and Moen are leading the way on many of the latest environmentally friendly products. Generally, these products do not cost any more than traditional plumbing fixtures and offer a quick return on investment. For example, simply replacing an aerator in a kitchen or bathroom faucet is relatively inexpensive but can yield a water savings up to 30%. Technology has greatly improved these products over their original designs and homeowners who use them do not experience any difference in water pressure or overall performance.

Rick Lippitt, , explained, “Research from found that the average daily water consumption in the U.S. is 159 gallons per person. This is from performing common activities such as bathing, washing dishes, laundry and taking care of their lawn”. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) reports that just one leaky faucet can waste more than 3,100 gallons per year. Replacing your existing toilets, showerheads and aerators can save as much as 25 - 40% on your water bill. While individual fixtures do not seem like big savings, adding up all the fixtures in your home can make a dramatic difference in your water & sewer bill. Consumers should note that sewer charges are based upon your water usage. If you could save 25 – 40% on your water & sewer bill and be “green” at the same time you have achieved the best of both worlds. Reduction in hot water usage also reduces your gas or electric bill as less water is heated.

Pete’s Plumbing skilled green plumbing professionals are available Monday-Friday to assist you with your in-home water conservation assessment. The assessment covers all plumbing fixtures and recommendations are made as to what can be done to make the home’s plumbing system more eco-friendly. The assessment calculates water savings in dollars and gallons and the payback time on the new fixtures chosen. The technicians will also provide recommendations about changing water consumption habits. Even small changes can make a big difference in your water savings. Simple adjustments, such as shorter showers, running only full loads of laundry, and sweeping instead of using a hose translate into considerable savings.

In looking to the future, the owners of Pete’s Plumbing, Rick & Julie Lippitt are constantly searching for new innovative products and services that help homeowners become more environmentally aware. They are currently exploring some of the new grey water and solar water devices that are starting to be introduced to the market.

For more information and to schedule your free in home water conservation assessment, contact Pete's Plumbing Inc. at (770) 442-3934.

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Water Conservation Made Easy

Pete's Plumbing Inc.
Alpharetta's Premier Plumbing Firm


Water Conservation made EASY!

If you are located in Alpharetta, Buford, Cumming, Dawsonville, Marietta or Roswell and want to make your home or business more "Eco-Friendly" from a water usage perspective, just contact Julie Lippitt at Pete's Plumbing Inc.

It’s April and spring has finally arrived. The azaleas are in bloom and your over seeded lawn is beautiful. Your home looks like it is ready for that Southern Living photo shoot. You are congratulating yourself for all your hard work and then you receive the “water bill” from Fulton County. YIKES! Paying the piper is expensive so you begin the quest of figuring out how to conserve water and keep your landscaping alive. You want to be “eco-friendly” and “go green” but your research shows that will be expensive and increase your expenses elsewhere. It is a tough decision but it does not have to be a daunting task. You can go green and save yourself some green at the same time.

Water Conservation makes sense for everyone. The less you and your family consume, the less you pay. The world has plenty of water but “fresh water” is the issue. You have read about the “water wars” over Lake Lanier and reports are telling us we can expect to pay 30 – 40% more for our water in the next few years. That should be enough to make even the Vanderbilt’s pay attention to their water bill.

Your first step should be to have a “water use survey” done of your home. This survey is a summary of your water usage and takes into account the number of family members and their water use habits. Studies show the largest water usage in the home is due to toilets, bathing/showers, laundry and then faucets. To make a substantial reduction in your water bill you will have to look at some of the new plumbing products. With a minimal investment of approximately $1500 your payback time could be as little as 1 year. After that, the savings are yours forever. The water use survey will tell you your usage, water savings, calculate your $$$ savings and give you your payback time.

A pre-1994 3.5 gallon per flush toilet uses 62% more water than a new 1.28 gpf high efficiency toilet. Changing out your toilets could save you as much as $40 per month. Water Conserving Toilets are now in their sixth generation of technology so the “it takes two flushes” problems of the past have been solved. If your home has the first generation, 1.6 gpf toilets that were sold during the 1990’s now would be a great time to replace them and put the hassles behind you.

Bathing/Showering is the next big water user in the home. Your Pre 1994 showerhead could be using as much as 5 gallons per minute. The new EPA “water sense” standard calls for a showerhead flow of 2.0 gallons per minute. Changing those old showerheads could result in a 40 – 50% water savings in your bathing habits. The technology has advanced in showerheads as well. The new models pressurize the water in the head, thus giving you the pressure you desire to rinse out shampoo and wash away the dirt and grime.

Your faucets can be a simple fix. New aeration technology can reduce your water from 2.5 gallons per minute to 1.5 gallons per minute with no noticeable difference to the user. Aerators are only a few dollars and you can save 40% water usage. You do not need a PHD in math to figure that one.

Laundry can be a large consumption item if you have a washer that is over 7 years old. The new front load models can save you 30 – 60% on your water usage and they get your clothes just as clean while using less laundry soap. You can save water with your existing units by using the “extra rinse” cycle only when needed and making sure you only do full loads of laundry.

Water Conservation is one of those things that we should all do, but not have to spend a lot of time thinking or worrying about it. The average person uses 175 – 200 gallons of water per day. While nothing by itself looks like a large $$ saving to you. The sum of all the “little” $$$ savings adds up very quickly and that is where you put money in your pocket. So now, you have money in your pocket AND you have become an “eco-friendly” water consumer. We think you should call your plumber today for your water conservation survey.

If you are interested in learning more about how you can make your home more water friendly, contact Julie Lippitt, owner of Pete's Plumbing Inc., at 770-442-3934.

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