Hot water right now!
Please take a moment to imagine your morning routine. Have you ever thought about how much water we waste waiting for the perfect water temperature to reach the faucet? Do you turn on the water to your shower, set the handle or knob to your approximate location to achieve the perfect temperature, and then do other things until the water is good enough to enter your shower? Or, do you turn on the warm water to the faucet while you brush your teeth? How about waiting for the water to get hot before doing dishes? Here at Mike Becknal & Company, we consider all of these situations, so we install hot water recirculation pumps in all our eco-friendly luxury custom homes to achieve instant hot water.
What does instant hot water mean?
To put it simply, we plumb our houses with a pump that continually circulates hot water throughout the home. This circulating water pump guarantees hot water the moment that you turn on your faucet's hot water. Why is this important? Other than it is very convenient, there are many reasons why it is essential to save water. We'll cover at least two in this post that we believe is downright necessary.
The first reason why it is essential to save water is that it is good for the environment. As you know, we don't get much rain here in West Texas, and clean water is not a renewable resource. Without clean water, we cannot maintain our primary food sources of crops and cattle. Most importantly, we need clean water to survive. It is within our interest in keeping our families and pets healthy by doing our part to conserve water. Now, we have an accurate idea of why saving clean water is vital for our environment. Let's move on to discuss how it's good for our pocketbook.
There are two ways that a hot water recirculation pump saves you money.
The first is that you no longer have to waste any water waiting to reach the right temperature. Having instant hot water will cut down on your water bill at home. According to the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), "Showering is one of the leading ways we use water in the home, accounting for 20 percent of residential indoor water use. For the average family, that adds up to nearly 40 gallons per day." The EPA also states that the average showerhead uses 2.5 gallons a minute. When you do the math, there is much water wasted when waiting for the hot water to reach the facet, which brings us to the second reason why saving water saves you money. We wait for hot water because the water left in the pipes cools down over time. Once you turn on the faucet, that cold water is flushed and replaced by your water heater. That can add up to a significant amount of water. The cold water in the pipes replaced by hot water requires the water heater to work more often, costing you money on your electricity or gas bill.
Mike Becknal & Company is an eco-friendly luxury custom home builder
At Mike Becknal & Company, we partner with you to ensure you get a luxury custom home that is eco-friendly and saves you money in the long run. Installing a hot water recirculating pump is just a small, convenient detail that makes a massive difference for water conservation, while ultimately paying for itself in the long run. Contact us today to discuss all of the eco-friendly options we can install in your luxury custom home.