Why Earth Day and tankless water heaters go hand in hand

For many people, environmentalism isn't just about hugging trees or planting flowers, but is more in line with conserving resources, reducing carbon footprints and most importantly, decreasing their monthly utility bills. Even if you have a small family, odds are that routine tasks like washing the dishes, doing the laundry and taking showers are taking up much more water and energy than you realize. Every homeowner who understands this can take another step toward making their communities healthier places to live.

This is the spirit behind Earth Day, which occurs every April 22. While some people choose to take to the streets in celebratory parades, you can make the more practical choice of looking at areas of your home that are wasting more energy and resources than they're worth. Just be warned – you might find that your storage water heater is one of the worst offenders, though going tankless can rescue your Earth Day plans.

How much water do you actually use in the shower?How much water do you actually use in the shower?

Shower thoughts
There are many misconceptions about the environmentalism movement. You may even believe that the only people who actually care about Earth Day dress like the hippie stereotype. However, after you really look at the numbers for how much energy you're throwing away in the bathroom, you might just stick a flower in your hair, too. lol

According to research from the Ernest Orlando Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, 20 percent of the water in every shower does nothing but go straight down the drain. The number is likely larger due to variations in, and also due to the fact that the water is not just room temperature, but has had heat applied to it for a long period of time. The EOLBNL estimated the actual figures to be closer to 30 to 41 percent.

If these numbers make you take a second look at your showering habits, you're not alone. In fact, that's exactly what Earth Day is all about: raising awareness about small things you can do to reduce unnecessary energy consumption. Instead of planting a new shrub in the yard, why not think about ways you can try to make your bathroom a more efficient use of the planet's resources – and your money.

"Tankless combines convenience and natural consciousness into one package."

Go tankless for Earth Day
When most people think about ways to reduce energy consumption in the home, they take extreme measures that sacrifice comfort in the name of nature. However, there's no need to start bathing in used water. If you ditch your storage water heater for a sleek, energy-efficient tankless model, you can combine convenience and natural consciousness into one package.

Odds are you and your family don't want to take shorter showers, and even if you were willing to, the rest of your loved ones probably wouldn't put up with it for long. That's why you need to cut down on the energy your storage water heater wastes when you're not even in the shower. By constantly heating a static source of water, you're paying for energy and resources that you don't even use. 

Instead, installing a tankless heater this Earth Day eliminates that problem. The sleek and compact unit can fit under a sink or in a closet close to a sink or shower to provide instant hot water. Just hook up a water line and the superconductive heating element inside warms the water to your desired temperature in seconds. You waste no energy because the unit doesn't use any when it's off.

Additionally, if you're worried about the age-old trash problem of adding to the junkyard, tankless water heaters have longer lifespans than their outdated storage counterparts. While the risk of tank failure drastically increases for storage models around 10 years of age, tankless heaters can last in excess of 20 with nothing but light maintenance every now and then. 

Everyone has a chance to celebrate Earth Day in their own way, and subtly making your home more energy efficient through tankless water heating is probably one of the simplest and most impactful decisions you can make. And if the health of the planet isn't a strong enough motivator, just remember that the more resources you waste, the more your utility company bills you for them.

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