Green Features: Tankless Water Heaters in your Jacksonville Home
Interviewing Glen and Andy Reynolds about their new Jacksonville Beach Custom built homes in Avalon today, I asked, "What are the most asked for features in custom built homes?" The answer was a resounding, "Green features". The number one green feature listed by Andy Reynolds Homes was Tankless Water Heaters. Given the amount of energy that can be saved by such a small technology change, it is not at all surprising.
Tankless water heaters provide a steady supply of hot water, but only when the hot water is needed. Traditional hot water heaters heat the water, then hold it in a tank waiting to be used. The water may be heated and reheated many times. Tankless hot water heaters don't use a tank, rather they have the water travel though a pipe that is then heated either by an electric element, or gas burner.
What are the Green Benefits of a Tankless Water Heater?
Tankless water heaters are often considered a green feature because of their energy savings and effectiveness. Water heating, with traditional hot water tanks account for 14-25% of the average US household energy budget. By switching to a tankless water heater you can reduce your energy costs by as much as 50%.
Tankless hot water heaters can also be placed closer to the need for water, saving the water that you waste waiting for hot water. This also means that hot water is much more "on demand".
According to statistics, if your monthly electric bill is $200 per month, you could save as much as $360-$600/yr on an electric tankless water heater and $600-840 on a gas tankless hot water heater.
Because Jacksonville Florida has wonderful weather, with fairly warm climate temperatures year round, the gallons per minutes (GPM) flow rates are able to be much lower. If your family tends to use multiple water sources simultaneously (like showering and washing dishes at the same time) you may want to still consider getting a tankless hot water heater with larger GPM.
Another green feature of the tankless water heater is that it tends to last longer than traditional hot water tanks. This means that not only will it save the green in your wallet in energy savings, but also in future replacement value. Tankless water heaters are less likely to rust, because they don't hold standing water. Traditional hot water tanks can pollute the water supply in your home due to rust inside the tank, making going tankless a possible health benefit as well.
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