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Building Green

Kimco Plumbing, Inc. proudly promotes green building practices and is consistently incorporating more environmentally sustainable practices in it's business.  We install only water conservation and low flow faucets, toilets, and valves.  We install on demand water heaters that reduce the amount of energy needed to heat water.  We are currently researching use of low VOC (volatile organic compound) glue, cleaners and primer as well the possibility of offering post consumer recycled content piping for plumbing systems in new homes. All left over PVC, copper, brass, cast iron, galvanized and other bi-metal products are recycled. In our office we use recycled paper and have our ink cartridges refilled. We use e-mail correspondence whenever possible to cut down on the amount of paper used. We want to help retain the highest quality of life for future generations and improve the quality of our air and water as much as possible. Please check out the following water conservation tips.

bulletA leaky faucet can waste hundreds of gallons of water! Call your plumber to repair leaking faucets and pipes.
bulletOne flush of a standard toilet uses 1.6 gallons of water. Ask us about fluid masters that can save gallons of water per toilet at a huge cost.
bulletAn average bath requires 37 gallons of water. Try to take showers most of the time and use a timer. The average 5 minute shower uses 15-25 gallons of water. Depending on your shower head, reducing a daily shower from 10 to 5 minutes can save 5,475 to 19,250 gallons of water per year!
bulletRather than drinking bottled water or filling a glass from the tap each time you are thirsty, fill a pitcher with water and store in the refrigerator.
bulletTurn the faucet off while brushing your teeth, shaving and washing dishes. Did you know that washing dishes by hand uses more water than a dishwasher? Do only large full loads in both your dishwasher and washing machine, unless your appliance adjusts to the appropriate water level.
bulletUse a broom to clean your driveway, porch, patio and sidewalk instead of the water hose. You could save 80 gallons of water each time. Make sure you know where your main water shut off is. If a pipe bursts, you will be able to turn off water immediately and save possibly 1000's of gallons.
bulletA rain barrel can be used to catch rain water for watering. Use mulch to cut down on watering needs in your gardens.
bulletAvoid using ornamental water features that spray water into the air to be lost to evaporation. Avoid buying recreational water toys that require a constant flow of water.

Every drop counts. For more information about water saving in your neighborhood, go to www.wateruseitwisely.com/index.shtml.

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