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What a beautiful day today is the sun is shining and I am sitting in the office fielding calls, Yes that's right we are open for business. Several years ago I thought I would try opening on Saturday at no extra charge to accommodate some of our Customers who had a hard time fitting plumbing into their work schedule. Well you will never guess Saturday has become a very busy day. Today we have two plumbers doing all sorts of plumbing repairs from leaking gas lines to new faucet installations. A lot of times a homeowner who have started a home repair project calls and ask for help to get it completed. The project turned into more work than they were prepared for. If you need plumbing services, Give us a call, or find us on the internet were here to help! but call early Saturday fills up fast. And of course we are open Sundays for emergencies.
Hybrid Water heaters should be easier to understand, and so I'm setting out to “make it so,” as Captain Picard would say. Although plenty of people know of their existence, hybrid water heaters can be a little more difficult to consider purchasing. More so, applying for federal tax rebates, finding the right unit, and installing this new technology, especially without a clue as to whether these things will work well can deter many consumers. Read the following for all the basics, and follow the links below to dig deeper if you like.
Hybrid Water Heater Basics
These units, which use a combination of tank and tankless heating, electricity and gas, typically cost more money upfront, and save a lot of money in the long run. Compared to the normal, tank units, hybrids:
• Use about half as much energy – saving roughly $250/year (depends on region and usage)
• Last almost twice as long – roughly 20-year life-spans compared to the 10-13 year norm
• Contribute to the preservation of energy and the environment
• Cost about 3X the norm, including installation
• Many units are credited by government incentives, which pay 30% of the cost, up to $1,500
So, using the average values, if a hybrid water heater is purchased rather than an $1300 conventional heater, then it would take anywhere between 3-5 years to save enough money in energy costs to pay back the difference in the initial investment.
Energy Star Requirements
The EPA has effectively created an energy-efficient stamp of approval that guarantees the federal rebate. Few products receive the Energy Star label, and these are set apart from the competition by meeting a few, broad requirements:
• The product must conserve energy when compared to the national average
• The product must be verified to pay for its additional cost in energy savings within a “reasonable” period of time – Going by the numbers, this figure is definitely under ten years for water heaters, and if the product would not deliver on its own, then the government will often give incentives in the form of tax breaks, to bring the payback period “within reason”
• The product must meet performance and feature standards, as outlined by consumers
• The product must use widely available technologies that are offered by multiple manufacturers.
Currently, incentives (30% of cost, up to $1,500) are attached to all hybrid water heaters with the Energy Star label, in addition to other models that meet specific energy efficient requirements. You can check out those requirements on the government web site, as well as download the application for the refund.
But what are people saying about these new models? How do we know, especially for those without the Energy Star label, they work as well as the tried-and-true conventional units? I found only positive reviews when I searched, such as the one quoted below. The following is the only overall disadvantage he/she found with the GE Hybrid water heater: “It took 3 guys around 3 hours to install (this is new for them as well) and took more work than a regular water heater. The most difficult aspect was the intake and outlet pipe had to be reworked into an "L" shape so that there was room to allow the air filter to be removed. You definitely want to be experienced with soldering pipes etc if you were to do this yourself. Our house is older, so we also needed an electrical line installed to replace the 20A we had in place (included in installation costs).” -trevorc45102 reviewed November 20, 2009
The reviewer commented further that, after tax breaks, there was an $800 difference in cost between the standard tank unit and the hybrid, which was expected to be paid back in energy savings within five years. The full review can be found here; and if you want to have one installed, here is an San Francisco Plumbing company that will install them.
George Salet Plumbing
As a Child my Father instilled in me and my brothers the value of a job well done. He used to say "be the best at whatever you do and you will never have to worry about a job". When I became a Plumber I took his words to heart and became the best plumber I could be. Eventually I went on my own to start George Salet Plumbing and my mission was to have the best plumbing company in the bay area. In my search to be the best I noticed the companies I admired as being top notch all belonged to the PHCC, which stands for Plumbing, Heating, Cooling Contractors.
The PHCC was started in 1883 and is the oldest trade organization in the construction industry, approximately 3,700 members nationwide. Originally formed to differentiate between trained plumbers and others in the new field of plumbing. Their mission statement is as timely today as it was over 125 years ago.
PHCC is dedicated to the promotion, advancement, education and training of the industry for the protection of our environment and the health, safety and comfort of society.
Wow were they ahead of their time?
Needless to say I joined, and what a great decision that was, today All of my Plumbers have been certified by the PHCC as Journeyman Plumbers or currently enrolled in training, because you can't be the best unless you have the proper training. The PHCC also allows me to meet with manufacturer and learn about new products and methods of installations. Today I am in Napa California with over 120 Plumbing Contractors from over four states at a PHCC convention were we will attend seminars about the newest and greatest in plumbing and the plumbing issues that confront us all.
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George Salet Plumbing
P.S I am having a Great Time
What i want to talk about in this blog is not just about why you should call my company but what is happening in our part of the world, our homes and maybe even in our bodies. And of course I want to talk about the good things that happen, Like a long time customer calling to say: She was so happy with her new faucet and wondered why she waited so long to have it installed. Of course there is the current issues like earthquakes, water shortages, flooding.
This blog is not just about plumbing but living and working in the San Francisco Bay Area. Speaking about the bay area we finally got some rain! actually up to a little past normal. Now that doesn't mean we are out of the woods yet. The rainfall has been below average for a couple of years now. But maybe we can water the lawn without feeling guilty this year
George Salet Plumbing
It's 2010 and it's only been 1 1/2 yaers since I last posted on this Blogg. More to come soon