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Conserving water: ethical and economical

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture has designated 18 counties in Washington State as natural disaster areas because of the statewide drought. With high temperatures and a lack of rain, it’s clear that water conservation is more important than ever. Incorporating efficient, water-saving fixtures and products into your home not only helps the environment—it’s crucial to your wallet. From toilets to faucets, and water heaters to water leak protection systems, selecting products and installation from Washington Energy Services can make a big difference.

Toilets

Tired of flushing money down the toilet? Figuratively speaking, that is. The toilets we offer and install provide the efficiency you want and the power you need. The Cadet PRO Round Front Toilet uses 20% less water, while the TOTO Drake Toilet line offers premier design and innovation.

Faucets

Dirty dishes and hands require a faucet that’s up to the challenge, without sacrificing efficiency. Our faucets fit the (water) bill. With affordable options from Matco-Norca, and sleek, modern selections from Moen, you’ll be sure to find the right faucet to fit your style and budget. We can even install your new faucet to ensure maximum ease and efficiency. Take a look and contact us to learn more.

Water heaters

Options are good. But when it comes to water heaters, it can be a challenge to know what type is right for your family, your wallet, and the environment. Washington Energy Services can help. Here’s an at-a-glance look at the various types of water heaters:

  • Tank Water Heaters: This standard water heater is a reliable workhorse that can provide low operating costs and efficiency.
  • Tankless Water Heaters: This resourceful option heats water only when you need it.
  • Heat Pump Water Heaters: Perhaps the most efficient option, this heater uses ambient air to warm the water.
  • Boilers: The energy efficient boiler is becoming increasingly popular in Seattle—and with good reason. It works by heating water to a preset temperature and circulating it throughout the home.

Water heaters don’t have to be confusing. Learn more and get a free estimate.

Plumbing inspection and water leak protection systems

Prevent water waste before it starts with a plumbing inspection and water leak protection system. A plumbing inspection by Washington Energy Services provides a thorough examination of your water heater, sewer line, pipes, fixtures, water disposals, and more. Most importantly, it offers peace of mind that your home is safe from water breaks, flooding, and damage. Get complete protection by adding water leak protection systems that will alert you in the event of flooding and immediately shut off the unwelcome water.

Washington Energy Services can help you achieve both your ethical and economical goals. After all, conserving water is simply the right thing to do… and the money savings don’t hurt either.

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2015 government changes to water heaters will affect you

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Who made the new rulings?

The National Appliance Energy Conservation Act (NAECA) was approved by Congress and is administered by the US Department of Energy (DOE). This is the same organization that oversees the EnergyStar program. That translates to: this is serious business and a real change for all water heaters sold in the US.

What are the new water heater regulations?

Water heaters produced after April 16, 2015 must conform to new energy efficiency standards. These translate to a mandatory increase of 3% – 30% greater efficiency vs. current models. The amount varies by tank size based on formulas. The larger the tank, the more the efficiency is required. The gains in efficiency are small, but given that the vast majority of homes in America have a water heater; small can add up to big savings for the environment.

How does this affect me?

If you have a tankless water heater with an efficiency rating above .82, (all that we sell are at this level), good news, your water heater already complies. However if you are in one of the hundreds of thousands of Western Washington homes, condos and apartments with a standard tank water heater – please read on!

In order to gain the efficiency, manufacturers will be adding additional insulation to water heater tanks. This will impact you as follows:

1. Fitting it in your house. Unlike the new light bulbs that fit in the same sockets as incandescent ones, the new tanks are not going to be the same size. The Rheem tankless water heaters are 27-1/2″ in height, 18-1/2″ in width and 9-3/4″ in depth. If you have a tight closet or a small door, you may have to relocate your water heater, or take off door jambs to bring it in. And sorry, we (or any installer) would have to charge for that if we did it. There will also be new and larger venting required for some gas water heaters.

2. Manufacturer price increase. All of the manufacturers will have to re-tool production lines, and this is expensive. Combine that with increased materials cost from adding more insulation to tanks and we anticipate retail price increases in the range of $100.

3. Custom install solutions needed. To fit some homes and apartments may require creative planning on the part of your installer. For example: If a 50 gallon tank won’t fit, a 40 gallon tank with an added mixing valve may produce the hot water you need. Fortunately our team has the experience to do that.

4. Some larger sized tanks may be discontinued. If you have a large size electric tank (66 or 80 gallon) or 75 gallon gas water heater, some of these are being discontinued. While new products may come along to replace them, the installer community has not yet seen them.

What can I do right now?

Standard water heater tanks last around 8-10 years. If you are thinking it’s time to replace or if you have an older tank located in a tight closet (hello condo & apartment dwellers!), we recommend doing it sooner than later.

Three choices for replacement

1. Upgrade to tank water heaters that already qualify at the new energy efficiency levels, (gas or propane).

2. Replace with your same tank style and size while still available.

3. Consider a move to a tankless water heater.

For gas water heaters, models are available today that meet and actually exceed the new standards. Tankless water heaters are an available option as they run on gas or propane and meet the new energy standards. We also carry super efficient standard tanks, for example, Rheem Power Damper water heaters. They are EnergyStar rated and exceed the new efficiency standards, saving you even more on your water heating costs. This type of water heater costs a bit more than today’s standard gas water heater, but we expect it to be closer in price to the new gas water heaters in 2015. So you can start saving energy now, at around the price you might pay next year.

Current hot water heater tank styles can still be installed after April 16, 2015 but inventory will eventually run out. Installers and suppliers are stocking the last of the available current style tanks as we know many people will want them.

Whatever the new rules bring, Washington Energy will be able to provide you with water heater choices, custom installation and competitive pricing. For a free all-inclusive quote over the phone, please call us at 800-398-4663. Group discounts are available now for condos and apartment buildings.

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Congratulations, Bob & Edie you’ve joined the tankless life!

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Edie, a retired school teacher, and Bob, a retired police officer, told us that they have entered a lot of contests over the years but have never won.  We were thrilled to deliver their first contest victory!

After a site visit by our team, all of the information and permits were obtained, and we were able to schedule a convenient day to come out and install the unit.  As you see in the photos, our great team of installers removed the old tank, ran the necessary new piping, and had Bob and Edie in hot water by early afternoon.

Bob & Edie selected the Rheem RTG 95 condensing unit because of its energy efficiency. This tankless water heater is 94% efficient – and if they don’t start taking longer showers or washing the car with hot water, they should see a reduction in their gas bill.

All tankless water heaters heat water on demand, which means they don’t heat it until you need it. That unit works especially well for them as they spend time up on the San Juan Islands and won’t be paying to heat water while they are not home.

The RTG 95 has a 94% efficiency rating; a step up from their 82% efficient tank water heater.  94% of the energy used to heat the water actually goes into heating the water and little is wasted.  These units are rated for 4.9 gallons a minute of hot water which will easily run 2 showers at the same time, and have the muscle to do more.

The Rheem tankless provides:

  • Endless hot water
  •  Space saving – its the size of a roll on suitcase
  •  Lifespan of 20 years vs typical 8-10 of a standard tank
  • An easy to use digital thermostat
  •  Keeps heat in the system for up to 5 min after you shut off your hot water, eliminating most cold water sandwiching
  • Comes with a great warranty, 12 years on heat exchanger, 5 year parts warranty, one year labor.

All of us at Washington Energy love when we can do these contests and create a few smiles for our splendid customers.  Thanks to all who made this contest possible, especially Rheem for providing one of their top tankless units, and our team who installed it.  So Bob and Edie, throw a load of laundry in, start the dishwasher and head upstairs and run a bath because you are now living the tankless lifestyle!

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