Denver Water is offering seven kinds of rebates for its residential customers interested in improving energy efficiency within the home, and for those customers interested in taking a step towards green living.
Rebates are available throughout 2009 for all purchases that meet Denver Water’s qualifications. Rebates include:
· $150 on a high-efficiency clothes washer
· $125 on a high-efficiency toilet
· $25 on a low-flow toilet
· 25% of the purchase price of a weather based Smart Controller
· $25 for the purchase of a rain sensor
· $50 on a wireless rain sensor
· $5 per nozzle, $20 minimum for irrigation rotary nozzles
Denver Water has specific qualifications in order to qualify. To learn more about the program, and about eligible models, please visit Denver Water Rebate Program.
The Town of Castle Rock is committed to water conservation as its population continues to grow. As a part of its water conservation program, Castle Rock is offering several incentive rebates to help you reduce your consumption of water. Rebates include:
· $150 for the purchase of a high-efficiency clothes washer
· Smartscape Renovation – a rebate of up to $1/square foot for removal of high water use plant materials
· $5 per nozzle ($20 minimum) for purchase of rotary nozzles for your sprinkler system
· 50% (maximum of $50) for the purchase of a rain sensor
· $25 for the purchase of a three-day irrigation timer
Castle Rock residents must meet certain qualifications and provide appropriate forms. Please visit Castle Rock Water Rebate for more information.
Aurora Water is also taking part in the rebate program. If you replace your old toilets with a Low-Flow Toilet, or replace your washer with a High-Efficiency Washer, you may qualify for a rebate.
Aurora is offering $25 on a low flow toilet (1.6 gpf) or up to $150 on a high-efficiency toilet (1.28 gpf). By purchasing a high-efficiency washer, you can qualify for a $100 rebate.
Aurora has a specific form to fill out with specific requirements. Check out the Aurora Water Rebate Program for more details.
If you live in the Colorado Springs Water District, you have a number of options for water rebates this year.
Colorado Springs is offering many different programs for its residents including
· up to $125 rebate for a WaterSense Toilet
· $75 rebate on Energy Star Qualified Clothes Washer
· plus a variety of rebate offers on insulation, Energy Star window purchases, and qualified furnace and programmable thermostats.
Instead of upgrading and moving to a newer home, you’ve decided to remodel your existing home. It’s in a great neighborhood, you like the mature landscaping – why not!
In brand new housing, builders are incorporating more green methods into the living quarters. While some of the designs may be more cumbersome retrofitting it into an older home, many things are still possible. It is possible to use green plumbing design ideas throughout your home as you make your updates.
Let’s start with the room with the easiest fixes to going green – the bathroom. This one room consumes on average the highest amount of water usage. And luckily, this is also the one room that is the easiest to control the water usage as well. Low flush toilets are a standard necessity in a green bathroom. Low flow faucets on both the sinks and shower is also a must. In some cases the fixtures are so efficient at controlling water flow while keeping pressure high, it’s hard to tell it’s a low flow design.
The kitchen and the laundry room are also big in the area of conservation. Start by replacing faucets on the sink areas with low flow fixtures. Then look at replacing old appliances with more energy efficient options. Dishwashers, washing machines and refrigerators all have great features that make your life easier, and conserve water at the same time. If you need to relocate appliances to make them user-friendlier, your plumber will be able to move water locations easily.
Also consider reducing your water flow by installing an on-demand water system, or a hot water recirculation system, that provides instant hot water. Instead of waiting up to several minutes for hot water to appear, you’ll instantly have access to hot water whenever you choose, eliminating thousands of gallons of wasted water every year.
As you are moving exterior walls, and adding more space to the inside, don’t forget about altering the outside as well. Especially here in Colorado, it’s important to think about xeriscaping as much as possible. Put in plants that tolerate drought conditions. Create outdoor living areas that provide you with more room to entertain and enjoy, and less need for a regular watering cycle.
Doesn’t it feel like the rain will never end here in Colorado this season?
Depending on where you live, you may be experiencing basement flooding. Because Colorado is typically a dry climate, daily rain can take its toll in some areas.
If you’ve noticed water seeping into your basement, it may be time to install a sump pump to forgo future water damage, and prevent damage to your belongings, and basement surroundings.
Sump pumps generally fall into two categories: submersible and pedestal. Both types of sump pumps are designed to activate based on a float switch that tells when the water level has reached a certain height. The main difference is where the motor lies, and its accessibility to the motor and its parts.
A sump pump is usually sold according to the horsepower of the motor. The size corresponds to how many gallons per hour the pump is capable of pumping out. For example, a ½ horsepower unit can remove anywhere from 3,000 to around 7,500 gallons per hour.
Because most sump pumps are hardwired into your homes electrical system, a battery backup should also be considered in case of power outages. Different options are available depending on the length of time the system will work before the electricity is back on.
Also check with your local government office on laws for drainage. Many areas now have laws in place for run off requirements from a sump pump. Make sure your water is routed to a legal destination, and a safe distance away from your home.
[If installing and maintaining a sump pump isn’t for you, contact Quality 1st Plumbing for help with all your plumbing needs. We’re here to get your house back into working order quickly and efficiently, saving you time.]
No matter how careful we all are, there will be a time when a plumbing emergency arises within our homes.
During a plumbing emergency, the first step is to stop the flow of water immediately. Know where your main water shutoff valve is, and where the shutoff valve is for each fixture or appliance in your home. Also make sure every member of your family knows the locations as well.
If the water flow is coming from a fixture or an appliance, shut off the water source for that item. Shut off valves can usually be found underneath toilets and sinks, and behind washing machines, dishwashers and other appliances. If the item doesn’t have a shut off valve, you can’t locate it, or the problem appears to be a leaky pipe or affecting a wider area, go to the main source.
To avoid more damage, cleanup should begin immediately.
Mop up any excess or standing water, and remove items like rugs, furniture and drapes to a dry, safe location.
Then assess the situation. Is it a do it yourself plumbing project? Or would it be better to call in a plumber?
If you will be hiring a plumber, call and get the appointment scheduled as quickly as possible. Then make temporary repairs until the situation can be fixed.
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Living in Colorado means we’re used to a dry climate. Even when we get rainy days like we’ve had the past couple of weeks, the hot Colorado sun will soon be upon us. Use these 10 tips to help you save water around your home – and become a little greener in the process.
1. Adjust your sprinklers so they water your landscaping only and not your house, driveway, sidewalk or street. .
2. When washing dishes by hand, don’t let the water run for rinsing. Fill up the sink with clean rinse water.
3. Install covers over your swimming pools, spas, and hot tubs. Check for leaks around your pumps.
4. Monitor your water bill for unusually high charges. A high charge may be an indication of a leak somewhere in your water lines.
5. Monitor inside and outside faucets, hoses and sprinklers for damage and leaks. Outdoor leaks may be harder to spot, but can be just as costly over the course of the summer.
6. Install a rain sensor on your irrigation controller, and water only when necessary. Lawns and landscaping can only hold so much water; the rest will run off into the street.
7. Use your washing machine only when you have a full load of laundry. Or match the water level in your washing machine to the correct level of clothes.
8. Make water conservation a family issue. Teach kids how to conserve by turning off faucets tightly after each use, and watching for leaks in their bathrooms.
9. Change out your landscaping to be more drought tolerant. Choose a turf blend that is more acceptable to Colorado’s normally dry summers. And choose xeriscape plants and bushes that don’t require as much water to survive.
10. Install a hot water circulation system to have instant hot water within your home. Even in the summer, its nice to take a warm shower or have hot water to wash dishes. This will save hundreds of gallons per year by not requiring warm up time before use.
[Want even more tips? Quality 1st Plumbing is the first Green certified plumbing company in Colorado. We’ll gladly educate you on conservation and preservation methods you can use within your home. Give us a call today.]