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Energy Efficient Plumbing

fixing pipeEveryone and his brother is trying to go “Green” nowadays. Whether it’s recycling, using florescent lights, or buying a car with high gas mileage, everyone seems to be making an effort to be more efficient and easier on the environment. But did you know that there are options like these for plumbing?

Tankless Water Heater Systems

In standard water heater systems, a large tank holds the water and continuously heats it in order to maintain a certain temperature. This way, the water is nice and warm when you turn on the faucet. The problem with this method is that it is constantly using up energy to keep that water hot. This means decreased efficiency and spending more money per month.

A tankless water heater addresses this problem by heating water only when it is needed. Another name for this type of system is an “on demand” water heater. The heater uses a technology called a heat exchanger that transfers heat from one source to another. When you turn on your faucet, the device quickly heats the water, which doesn’t require it to run nonstop. This saves you money on your energy bill and his better for the environment.

Natural Gas

Natural gas is one of the most popular fuels for residential heating and is the least expensive energy source available for residential use. Natural gas appliances are also extremely efficient, so even as the amount of homes using natural gas increases, the amount of consumption has stayed about the same. Putting in a natural gas water heater is a great way to provide your home with more efficient heating.

Propane Boiler System

Another super-efficient alternative to traditional heating systems is the Propane Boiler. A new propane boiler can have efficiency ratings as high as 90%. It also produces fewer emissions than fuel oil furnaces and require less maintenance.


If saving the environment and lowering your bill aren’t enough for you, there are also tax incentives for installing these types of systems. You could get up to $1500 in tax credits!

Contact Michael Runk Plumbing and Heating today to find out more about these types of heating systems and how you can save money and the environment.

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