• Frank Majewski

Lower Your Utility Bills by Going Green - Plumbing Edition

Updated: Dec 27, 2019

Do you have dreams of a more energy efficient home? Now what if we said you could get there affordably all while saving those hard earns bucks of yours on your monthly utility bills?


Some may not realize it, but just after heating and air conditioning, your hot water heater may pose the biggest electrical expense to your home. Time to Go Green.





If the water heater isn't tankless, it also uses more water - leading to higher water bills.


Whether you’re trying to replace that ugly water heater in your basement that looks like a strange droid that Jawas stole on Tattooine, or just trying to improve your homes overall efficiency, we’re here to make the change easy and affordable.


The Value of Eco-Friendly Water Heating

With home heating, plan to pay a little more upfront to install an energy-efficient unit. Once you get that initial expenditure out of the way, however, you'll enjoy a significant reduction in home energy costs for years to come.


While installing a tankless water heater will bring down your monthly utility bills, those savings are just the start for any home.


Considering that your home heating and cooling costs can easily account for more than 50% of your monthly utility bills, it's easy to see how this is one green investment pays back over the life of your new unit - which comes with a lifetime manufacturer guarantee!


Below you can find a list of suggestions for how to go green with a new hot water heating system:

  • Install a Tankless Water Heater --------------------------------------------- This is hands down our best solution. 50% of the energy loss experienced by most hot water heaters comes after the water is heated and is sitting in the tank waiting to be used - like a keeping a flame on your oven just to keep the kettle hot. Navien Tankless Water Heaters heat water on demand, eliminating this form of energy loss and reducing hot water energy costs by as much as 20 percent. AVG Operating Costs:

Navien Tankless($191) - 175.0 therms Other Tankless($228) - 209 therms 50 Gallon Tank($293) - 269 therms Even better, tankless units tend to last five to 10 years longer than traditional models, saving you money with less frequent replacements. How can it get any better? You also get a federal tax break just for installing one - who doesn't love free money? If you're on the fence, let us reassure you - Navien Tankless Water Heaters, commercial or residential, will pay for themselves and then some in savings - call for a quote!


Contact us during August or September to receive 20% off a new installation, and 10% off each additional unit!


Other Methods in Going Green with your Plumbing:

  • Purchase a High-Efficiency Water Heater --------------------------------------------- Referred to as a heater's energy factor, or EF, water heater efficiency is measured by calculating the amount of fuel energy that eventually comes out of the tap as hot water. High-efficiency gas fired water heaters top out with EF ratings of .62 or higher, while a high-efficiency electric heater can attain EFs of .96 and better. In general, the higher EF rating you can afford, the better, if you're looking to cut home energy costs.


  • Install a Sealed-Combustion Water Heater --------------------------------------------- Sealed combustion water heaters provide outside air for combustion rather than using indoor air. They eliminate the possibility of harmful carbon monoxide gas backdrafting into your home, and they cut energy costs, since they don't waste heated or cooled indoor air during the combustion process.

  • Install a High-Efficiency Electric Resistance Storage Water Heater --------------------------------------------- Compared to fossil fueled water heaters, electric resistance water heaters are more efficient, easier to install (no venting required), and eliminate the risk of backdrafting. Many are also better insulated and retain standby heat better than gas or oil burning alternatives. They will always cost more to heat water, however.

  • Install a Heat Pump Water Heater --------------------------------------------- Heat pumps move heat from the surrounding air into the water for more efficient water heating. They can reduce energy costs as much as one-third to one-half when installed alongside an electric resistance water heater, though they work best in hotter climates and will need a backup for when the mercury drops.

  • Install a Combined Hot Water and Heating System --------------------------------------------- Also called an indirect system, these water heating systems are installed onto an existing boiler system or a heat pump system, allowing you to heat water while you heat your home. Since you're killing two birds with one stone, you can reduce energy costs if your current system is compatible. If you have a high-efficiency boiler or heat pump already set up, this is the most efficient water heating system in the business.


If both the financial and environmental benefits of a tankless water heater seem appealing to you, we know what you’re probably thinking, “How much is this gonna cost?


Each install situation is different, but the physical water heaters are not much more than a regular water heater.


Majewski Plumbing offers financing through Hearth for those of us who don't want to front a lot of cash up front. Hearth allows you to have an extremely low interest rate loan, with no hard credit check - and now you're probably wondering "where has this been my entire life!?"


So what do we at Majewski recommend?

As mentioned, we recommend the Navien Tankless water heater!

Navien NPE series condensing tankless water heaters deliver an endless supply of hot water for any size home - now you don't have to worry about uncle John taking up all the hot water when he takes those hour long showers! Besides providing hot water where and when it’s needed, Navien NPE series condensing tankless water heaters offer homeowners the following benefits:

  • Much more energy efficient than old fashioned tank systems

  • The highest energy efficiency in the industry — up to 0.97 UEF / 0.99 EF

  • Energy Star certified

  • Backed by the industry’s strongest warranty — 15 years on heat exchangers

  • Takes about 80% less space than old fashioned tank heaters

  • Longer lasting than tank heaters

  • Easy to use control panel

  • Elegant, clean appearance

  • Improves resale value

  • Ideal for replacements or new construction

Protect the environment as you add value

Navien primary condensing stainless steel heat exchangers recover extra heat that would be lost in non-condensing tankless water heaters to reduce energy consumption and CO₂ emissions. That keeps exhaust temperatures very low — so low that economical Schedule 40 PVC pipe can be used for venting in almost all applications.

Navien condensing technology provides up to 0.97 UEF /0.99 EF. These extremely efficient and eco-friendly units provide extra energy savings over traditional tank and non-condensing water heaters.

Avg. Operating Cost

Navien Tankless($191)

175.0 therms

Other Tankless($228)

209 therms

50 Gallon Tank($293)

269 therms

Bottom Line:

If you’re looking to ditch your old traditional water heater for an energy efficient, cost savings, and affordable Navien Tankless Water Heater, Majewski Plumbing is here to help you start. Contact us during August or September to receive 20% off a new installation, and 10% off each additional unit!

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