3 Earth-Friendly Benefits of a Water-Efficient Dishwasher

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has two labels to help you locate and choose eco-friendly appliances: the Energy Star certification and the WaterSense logo. The WaterSense program helps you identify appliances that use water efficiently, such as dishwashers that have lower water requirements per load.

The Energy Star program identifies appliances that work in an energy-efficient way. Of course, not all Energy Star or WaterSense appliances are equal; minimum standards need to be met, but many appliances go above and beyond those requirements.

But whether you choose the most efficient one possible or just a basic efficient model, you can enjoy many benefits inherent in choosing a water-efficient dishwasher. Here are three of the top ways in which this choice can help the Earth.

1. Reduce Water Use and Waste

One of the most obvious benefits of an efficient machine is that you’ll have to pay less for your water and sewer if you save water on a daily basis. But in addition to saving money, this factor also helps the environment in several ways. For example, less water waste means the municipal plant doesn’t have to expend as much energy on water processing.

Reducing water usage can also have big eco benefits on the upstream side. For example, if you live in a big city where water is sourced from out of state, less water usage means less water has to be moved from its natural environment to the city.

Another benefit is the reduced strain on the supply, making shortages (and soaring prices) less likely.

2. Use Less Energy

Modern dishwashers have been developed to use less water and energy compared to older models.

WaterSense models can also be Energy Star Certified. This means that you can easily choose a model that uses not only less water but also less energy per load.

These machines will often have an eco-cycle as well. This cycle will typically use less water and energy, allowing you to maximize the efficiency of your new machine. The tradeoff may be that the cycle takes longer to run (perhaps two hours or more versus an hour). Fortunately, newer machines are often quiet, so the longer cycle shouldn’t be overly disturbing.

3. Support Eco-Friendly Products and Companies

When many customers spend their money on certain things (such as eco-friendly products and appliances), they creates more demand in the industry for those products, which often results in a greater proportion of the market being filled by those products.

When you choose an eco-friendly dishwasher and eco-friendly detergents, you’re influencing the market in a small way in addition to directly supporting businesses that make it their mission to produce those Earth-friendly products.

Of course, not all eco detergents are equal. Some good criteria when comparing eco-friendly detergents include:

  • Does it have synthetic or natural fragrances? Both can contain chemicals known as phthalates, so they are best avoided.
  • Is it dye-free? Dyes are unnecessary and often toxic or harmful.
  • Does it have preservatives? Many of the preservatives in detergent can cause allergic reactions.
  • Does it contain polyacrylates (often an ingredient name with “ethel,” “acrylate,” “methyl,” or “ester”)?

These three eco benefits show how your dishwasher product choice can have a real influence on your ecological footprint. Choosing an eco-friendly dishwasher and complementing it with eco-friendly, non-toxic dishwashing detergent can help safeguard your health and even save you money over time in reduced energy and water costs.

For more help with water-efficient plumbing and appliances or to get a new dishwasher installed, get in touch with Moon Valley Plumbing and Rooter today. We look forward to working with you to create a more efficient home.

3 Ways to Avoid Plumbing Problems When Purchasing an Older Home

If you’ve decided to forego the plumbing inspection on your pre-existing home purchase, you need to rethink your decision. There could be hidden plumbing problems that you’ll want to know about before you make an investment. Before you purchase an older home, conduct the following tests to identify potential plumbing issues. Read more

4 Reasons to Choose PEX Lines for Your Commercial Facility

Whether you need water-supply lines in a new structure or need to retrofit the lines in an older building, cross-linked polyethylene (PEX) lines can improve your facility’s operation and its plumbing system. Here are four reasons to use PEX piping for new or replacement plumbing in your commercial facility.

1. PEX Can Reduce Hot Water Expenses

PEX pipes are made of plastic, which offers better insulation of hot water than metal pipes. However, the real genius of a PEX piping system is the plumber’s ability to create manifold connections with the material.

Manifold or parallel systems are like control centers for your water supply system. A series of pipes feed into one central connection. Each line includes a shutoff valve at the manifold connection so you have complete control of the lines in the system.

PEX lines run directly from supply to the manifold. Pressure drops are not a problem with the parallel lines attached to the manifold, so you can use multiple fixtures at the same time. Your hot water comes quickly and efficiently due to its higher velocity in the parallel lines.

Less heated water flows down the drain with a PEX system. Workers do not need to let water run from the tap to reach the desired hot water temperatures for their tasks. Heat does not dissipate as quickly from direct runs of hot water as it does from more complicated pipe arrangements with elbows and bends.

2. PEX Is Durable and Safe

PEX is a safe choice for drinking water. The National Sanitation Foundation (NSF) certifies that no toxins or heavy metals are in the material.

The material does not corrode, so your water does not leach rust and other unsafe particulates. Corrosion-free pipes do not pit, develop pinholes, or blow out under pressure. The interior surface of a PEX pipe is smooth, so scaling or mineral buildup lessen when the pipes are used with hard water supplies.

PEX pipes are also resistant to chlorine damage, so they work with chlorinated water supplies. Abrasion and notching of PEX lines are less likely due to the material’s flexibility.

3. PEX Requires Fewer Connections and Fittings

PEX plumbing systems require fewer connections and fittings. PEX line is on spools so the lines can roll out in long stretches. Fewer fittings mean fewer chances for leaks and flooding from fitting disconnections.

You do not need glue and solder to install PEX tubing. If pipes in a confined or hard-to-reach area need replumbing, you do not have to worry about strong adhesive fumes in the workspace or providing support for soldering operations. Its ease of installation makes PEX an ideal retrofit choice for older structures.

Plumbers can install PEX lines in less time than they can install pipes that need cut to fit around corners. Your plumbing labor costs are lower because your new PEX pipes do not have priming or gluing.

4. PEX Expands and Contracts With Temperatures

Pipes made of PVC and CPVC can split if they freeze and expand. When the water supply to a split plumbing line thaws, you have a serious flooding issue on your hands.

Your facility maintenance crews will have fewer frozen pipe and flooding issues when you install PEX water supply piping. PEX lines expand and contract with temperature changes.

Integrate PEX lines with existing piping to protect unheated areas or areas where pipes have burst. Your plumber can install PEX pipes in stages to reduce disruption in your facility.

Schedule your commercial PEX plumbing system installation in Phoenix by contacting Moon Valley Plumbing and Rooter Valleywide today. We specialize in water line replacement with cross-linked polyethylene products.