In a world where environmental responsibility and the sustainability of human activity are becoming increasingly important, Vanguard Plumbing & Sewer, Inc. is proud to be on the forefront of the green plumbing revolution. In fact, we’ve been offering our customers the latest in environmentally-friendly systems since before it was the popular thing to do – and expense was a serious factor. Now, those costs have come down dramatically and the selections available to customers meet every sense of style and functionality. At Vanguard, we’re always looking to be the solution and not the problem – problems are what we solve.
There was a time, not that long ago, when being “green” was only possible through greater expenditure. Basically, every choice that offered an environmental benefit came with a greatly-inflated price tag. Some of this was just corporate greed, but a good deal of it was actually due to the difficulties in developing and manufacturing products that performed better with less energy, water, etc. The technology finally caught up to demand and, in many cases, has even surpassed what the market called for – offering even greater savings for the environment and the consumer.
You no longer have to spend a fortune to get optimal performance from a green product – nor must you sacrifice style. Modern green solutions come in every product category and offer just as many options as traditional – with far less cost to operate or drag on the environment. Green doesn’t mean a low-pressure shower or a toilet you’re afraid to flush. No, at Vanguard Plumbing & Sewer, Inc. you’ll have the satisfaction of dependable facilities with far less environmental or financial impact. That’s a win-win in any book, so what are you waiting for? Call the experts at (773) 633-6139 to get started on your own green plumbing project.
If you’re interested in saving water, helping the environment in the process, and really getting long-term savings in return, there are a few places you can start – five actually. These five tips will get you thinking along the right lines and prepare you for what you’ll need to make the green switch.
Low-Flow Shower and Faucets: Switching to low-flow showers and faucets is a great way to begin your green journey and save yourself some serious money. These systems can lower your water consumption by as much as 60% and you’ll never even notice the difference. They really are comparable to traditional in every way but expense.
Low-Flush Toilets: Yes, everyone has heard someone’s horror story about clogging toilets and inadequate water flow. But, and this is truth, when was the last time you heard one of those stories that started, “My brand new…”? The answer is probably long ago. Today’s models can handle the stresses expected of your toilet and still save a tremendous amount of the 28 gallons per person your current model’s using – up to five times less!
Home-Leak Monitoring Devices: These devices are simple, straightforward, and completely nonintrusive. You won’t even know they’re there until a leak occurs. And, when that happens, you’ll be happy you have them installed. They’ll quickly notify you when a leak is present potentially saving you thousands of gallons in wasted water a month – not to mention any water damage the leak may cause.
Faucet Flow Reducers: Of all of our tips for green plumbing, this is by far the simplest to put into action. A faucet flow reducer is an easy-to-install adapter that fits onto the end of your faucet where the aerator is normally found. These inexpensive add-ons can reduce your sink’s water usage by as much as 40%!
Energy Efficient Appliances: Your dishwasher and clothes washer are two of the most water-dependent appliances in your home. Each uses a great deal of water to operate and most are never operated at peak efficiency. So, take some time to research the newer models that utilize far less water and energy than your older models. In fact, you could use up to 50% less water by replacing both of these in your own home.
One of the best ways to get started living a greener, more environmentally conscious life is through a commitment to water conservation. This choice can have far-reaching consequences for the world and your pocketbook. There’s no denying that water is essential, so treating it like the valuable resource it is just makes sense in every way – environmentally, socially, and financially. There are a great many things you can do to conserve water and below are just a few of the more obvious ways you can reduce the amount you use every day.
The Chinese invented toilet paper in 1391AD for the Emperor’s use. They produced 720,000 2×3 foot sheets yearly for his private use. The first US toilet paper was packaged under the catchy name “The Therapeutic Paper”. It contained aloe and was sold in packs of 500 sheets for 50 cents. Scott began selling tissue on a roll as we know it in 1890.
The Plumber’s Union has one significantly famous member known far and wide for accomplishments outside the field – Albert Einstein. After claiming he would be a plumber if he could do it all over again, the Union made him an honorary member in 1942.
The oldest known plumbing system from antiquity was discovered in the Pyramid of Cheops in Egypt and dated all the way back to 2500BCE.
Water conservation and environmental awareness are important to the future sustainability of life as we enjoy it today. We have a responsibility to ensure that future generations can depend on these resources to provide the same quality of life we take for granted today. Every little thing we do matters, every step we take is a step in the right direction – including a green approach to plumbing. When you’re ready to make the move to green solutions, call the experts at Vanguard Plumbing & Sewer, Inc. at (773) 633-6139.
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