This map is from the National Climate Data Center. It shows that California has the worste water shortage of all 50 states this year. Every drop counts! The following are things that can help save water and help you save money.
Since toilets account for almost half of a typical building’s water consumption, replacing old inefficient toilets with new ultra low flow models can reduce water consumption nearly 30%. We now install toilets that only require 1.28 gallons per flush and dual flush toilets that have buttons for a 1.6 gallon flush or a 1.1 gallon flush depending on the need.
The function of the recirculation pump is to ensure that hot water is always available as close to the consumption point as possible, in order to reduce water wastage and to increase comfort. These systems pump hot water from the hot water heater to the plumbing fixtures through either a dedicated line or through the cold water line. Several models are available and can save 10,000 gallons or more of water per year while using less energy than a 25 watt light bulb.
Hybrid electric water heaters have a conventional electric storage heater paired with a heat pump that extracts heat from the surrounding air and uses it to help heat the water. Models tested used about 60% less energy than standard electric heaters. And while hybrids cost more than electric-only models, installation is similar and payback time is short (average savings reported at $300 - $400 per year).
Heating water accounts for up to 30% of the average home's energy budget. Tankless water heater models can save you money because they don’t heat water until you need it. When hot water is needed, water flows through the device and the flow sensor fires the burner. Water lines around the heat exchanger warm the water to the desired temperature. When the hot-water valve is closed, the flow sensor turns off the burner.
PG&E is currently offering a rebate for the purchase and installation of some energy and/or gas saving appliances. The button bellow will take you to the page that will give you the information on that rebate and lead you to the form to fill out for the rebate:
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