A company that makes the decision to switch to a tankless water heater can set itself up to reach audiences looking to support green friendly businesses. According to a Nielsen study, 55 percent of consumers say they would pay more for items and services that are eco-friendly. Turning a company into an entity that benefits the environment starts with responsible use of non-renewable energy sources. A tankless water heater can reduce the amount of resources wasted, improve hot water efficiency in the office and, all the while, produce savings for the company.
Stop perpetual loss of money by going green
Storage water heaters are growing larger while office space remains at a premium. The Wall Street Journal pointed out in 2014 that office rent in New York was the highest it has been since 2008, at $61.75 per square foot. With the National Appliance Energy Conservation Act instituting a new revision in April that expands the size of water heaters so that they are 2 inches taller and 2 inches wider, and with space being finite, these plumbing relics just aren't worth the trouble for businesses.
"Office space in New York is costly – $61.75 per square foot."
Switching a company to a tankless water heater system provides numerous benefits. The first being that it now no longer has to create storage for a water heater. Tankless water heaters are small enough to fit almost anywhere and are already NAECA compliant. This opens up more room for better utilization of the already limited office space.
Standby heat loss is another factor that a company has to deal with when it uses storage water heaters. This occurs when water that has already been heated is left unused in the tank, therefore lowering the temperature over time. When hot water is called upon, it uses more energy on water that has already been heated. Standby heat loss is eliminated with a tankless water heater. Instead of using a tank to store standing water that can lose temperature over time, the electric tankless water heater heats the water on demand. This results in less energy being used overall, which could lead to a lower energy bill for the company. Using fewer resources leaves a reduced carbon footprint on the environment, thereby helping to label the company as green, or eco-friendly.
Water should be hot, not lukewarm
Companies with a large number of bathrooms on-site may have issues getting consistent hot water to points-of-use because the water heater may not be able to handle the mechanical strain of constant use. Water temperatures actually differ for what they're being used for, as the Department of Energy pointed out. Sinks only need to be at 105 degrees Fahrenheit, while other areas may need to be set at 120 F. Because of the size of electric tankless water heaters, you can put them almost anywhere to increase hot water efficiency and each area of the office can be temperature specific. The less time people spend waiting on water to warm up, the less water they waste – thereby reducing their carbon footprint.
A study conducted by the University of Georgia agrees, stating that tankless water heaters work well as point-of-use water heaters. This ensures that hot water is always available for areas of the office that may require hotter water than others.
Keep your employees safe
It would be impossible to create a successful eco-friendly company, or any old company, without employees, so it's important to keep them safe. The American Burn Association reported that between 2003 and 2012, out of all reported hospitalizations due to burns, 8 percent were occupational. Not only do tankless water heaters reduce your carbon footprint, but they keep your employees safe.
Storage water heaters can cause temperature spikes, but electric tankless water heaters use thermo optical sensors to make sure that this doesn't happen by keeping the temperature stable. Tankless water heaters help you protect your employees, avoid litigation because of it, and keep your company safe and running well.