Country leaders are currently meeting in Paris from Nov. 30 to Dec. 11 to discuss possible changes in the global recognition and fight against climate change, but the world could have already started taking steps towards reducing their carbon footprint by going with a tankless water heater. Staving off a rise in temperature by 2 degrees Celsius is currently the goal to avoid devastating international effects, and this can only be done by limiting the amount of resources we use and waste.
How a tankless water heater can save the world
Gas storage water heaters are wildly inefficient and use more resources than necessary to get the job done. The overuse of energy leads to a bigger carbon footprint by the homeowner, which is just a simpler way of saying that the amount of non-renewable energy they use is beginning to have a damaging effect on the environment.
According to Jim Yong Kim, president of the World Bank, just a 2 degree increase in temperature could force 43 million Africans into poverty. The rise in sea level would increase food prices, decrease the yields from crops and cause detrimental health effects.
"Tankless water heaters have a 0.99 energy factor."
Energy factor is a key descriptor of all water heating products and it shows how efficiently the system uses the energy that is put in. Storage water heaters typically have a 0.55-0.65 energy factor. The lower the energy factor, the less efficient that energy is used. This rating mostly stems from the fact that storage water heaters suffer from standby heat loss. This occurs when the storage water heater heats a tank that will be used over time. The longer the water sits there unused, the more temperature it loses. When someone goes to use it, it has to use more energy to heat the same water up again. Not only does this needlessly use resources, but it creates a higher utility bill for the consumer.
Electric tankless water heaters possess a 0.99 energy factor, which means they are highly efficient in their energy use. This is because electric tankless water heaters heat the water on-demand using thermo optical sensors. Not only does this save energy by using less over a long period of time, but it maintains a steady water temperature and avoids spikes that can scald young children and senior citizens.
Tankless water heaters enhance public image
Just as a country that signs the Kyoto Protocol, an environmental protection act, joins a group that is seen as environmentally friendly, so does a home that goes green. Going with an electric tankless water heater vaults that house's value on the market as it becomes an eco-friendly home that will only gain value as time goes on.
The National Association of Home Builders found that 88 percent of prospective home buyers find energy efficiency to be one of the major influences in their house buying decision. Going with an electric tankless water heater won't just save you at the minimum $100 a year on utility bills, as the Department of Energy reported, but it will add a hefty increase in pricing on your home. With the future looking bright for solar power, electric tankless water heaters could eventually become a product that requires little money to run and reaps large rewards for home owners.
Normally, going green can be construed as an expensive switch. Ultimately, it can cause the home owner to have to buy new products to replace their existing systems that still work. But the DOE has pointed out that there are multiple rebates available for those who would like to make the change and help clean up the environment while saving money at the same time.