Hot water heaters are a big part of the plumbing business, and they're a big part of a typical household's energy consumption as well. Whether you're looking to replace your hot water heater entirely with a more eco-friendly one or whether you just want to decrease the amount of energy your uses, consider one of these eco-friendly water heating alternatives.
1. Geothermal HVAC
To be fair, you're not going to install a whole new HVAC system just to save money on your hot water. But if you are considering geothermal, just be aware that eco-friendly water heating is a side benefit of one of these systems.
A geothermal HVAC system with hot water capabilities can produce eco-friendly hot water anytime it's running. Since this hot water is a byproduct, harnessing it helps you reduce your heat pump's effects on the environment even further. But the main point is that it can save you money by providing 50% or more of your hot water.
2. Heat pump water heater
Instead of installing a new HVAC system, you can simply install a new water heater that's powered by a heat pump. These tend to be hybrid designs that include both a heat pump and a more traditional water heating method for backup, since the heat pump method provides hot water slowly and you may require a quicker recovery time in some cases.
However, if you're careful to regulate your hot water use so that the system only has to use the heat pump to keep the tank full, you can save a lot of money on your water heating. If you currently have a conventional water heater, you could be spending nearly one-fifth of your home's power to provide hot water. A heat pump water heater, which can save you over 60% of your water heating energy, could therefore lower your household's overall energy usage by one-tenth or more.
3. Solar power
Even if you don't have a solar array on your roof, that doesn't mean you can't take advantage of the sun's energy. Several attachment kits are available that allow you to catch the sun's energy and transfer it to the water in your hot water tank. This can be a cost-friendly option because it doesn't involve a lot of new infrastructure, doesn't require you to get a whole new water heater, and allows you to keep your current hot water heater for backup in case of long periods of rainy weather.
These are just three of the many eco-friendly options that have become available for eco-conscious homeowners who want to heat water in a responsible manner. Contact a plumbing service for more help.
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