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In this edition:

● Greening the Midwest
● Demand for green products
● New green forum
● Rethink how you wash your car
● Fix-A-Leak Week Video
 

Greening the Midwest: The Eco Plumbers

In 2009, Aaron Gaynor's phone had nearly stopped ringing. The Columbus, Ohio construction business he started in 2007 called "Phoenix Plumbing" was suffering due to the recession-battered economy and he knew he had to make a vertical change. When he discovered Green Plumbers, he jumped at the opportunity to take a training course and soon realized the growth potential in entering the emerging green plumbing market. "Green Plumbers helped me look at my business in a new light," Gaynor proudly proclaimed. Three years later, after becoming a Licensed Green Plumber and re-branding his company The Eco Plumbers, his phone is ringing off the hook.

The Green Plumbers education and marketing team has enabled The Eco Plumbers to engage the Columbus community in conservation efforts despite the fact that Ohio is not a drought-stricken state. "Because we don't have drought headlines in the Columbus media, most of our customers believe that buying a tankless water heater is the only thing they can do to green their homes- but we show them how they can go beyond that," Gaynor commented. The Eco Plumbers utilize their knowledge of the latest green technologies to shift their community's understanding of an individual's role in environmental sustainability.

Gaynor reported that his team's hard work, coupled with support from Green Plumbers transformed The Eco Plumbers from a 10% service to a thriving 90% service business. The advice, web design assistance and marketing materials that Green Plumbers Licensing contributed has propelled Gaynor's business and sustainability model forward.

If you are willing to put in the work to change, Green Plumbers will help you make it happen.
Aaron Gaynor
 
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When is a green product really green?

It's often difficult to tell when a product can be used to genuinely benefit the environment and when it's mere labeling. Green Plumbers has built an online store to combat that problem. All the products in our store have been examined by our plumbing professionals to ensure quality and reliability and present you with only the best options.
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GreenCollarTalk.com Forum Launched

We are proud to launch GreenCollarTalk.com- a new forum for plumbers and contractors to learn about new products, receive advice, and discuss marketing strategies for green businesses. Topics currently being discussed:
  • What tankless water heater do you all recommend? Members discuss which tankless models to use for specific locations.
  • Coil nailers recalled by Hitachi Industry news keeping you in the know.
  • That is complicated!? Can sharing DIY plumbing videos on your site increase business?
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BlueGranola Blog: Rethink how you wash your car

According to the International Car Wash Association, washing your car in the driveway could use between 80 and 140 gallons of potable water. That water is then contaminated with pollutants from your car and sent back into the waterways. Here are three eco-friendly alternatives:
  1. Don’t use any water at all. Buy a car wash product like No Wet or Ecolo Green Car Wash and simply spray the organic solution on a cloth and wipe down your car without ever turning on the hose.
  2. Taking your car to a professional will significantly reduce your impact. A professional car wash not only uses about 3x less water for an average-sized car, but they also probably have a better capacity to dispose of the harmful runoff.
  3. Use greywater collected in your shower or rain barrels.
The BlueGranola.com blog is jam-packed with more water conservation tips and sustainable information:
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John Baethke and Son Plumbing: Fix-A-Leak Week Video

In this video, Licensed Green Plumber John Baethke describes what it means to be a Green Plumber and how you can conserve water at home. John describes his company's involvement in the recent EPA-sponsored event "Fix-A-Leak Week" and how they estimate to save 1 million gallons of water in 12 months following their retrofits.

 
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Green Plumbers Licensing

Plumbers and contractors:

Become part of the green revolution by learning more about Green Plumbers Licensing. Ask us about the benefits by calling (888) 929-6207.

 
 
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What we are following:

This is a new section that we wil update regularly with Facebook pages, Twitter users, and YouTube videos that inform and entertain us.

Facebook Pages ●
● Niagra Conservation - Manufacturer that produces energy and water-efficient products for kitchens, bathrooms and more, view page
● TreeHugger - News, tips, and reviews for a sustainable lifestyle, view page
● The Arizona Green Plumbers - John discusses water and plumbing issues on his weekly radio show, view page
● IAPMO - The plumbing code experts keep you informed of important code changes in your state, view page
● North Central Texas Solar - A plentiful resource for solar information and news, view page

Twitter Users ●
● @PlumberTweets - Tweets about plumbing news and water conservation topics, view details
● @EPAwater - The Environmental Protection Agency's Office of Water- working for clean water for all Americans, view details
● @NAHBhome - The National Association of Home Builders tweet a lot of photos of home remodels, which is a great source of inspiration, view details
● @JetsonGreen - Design-oriented site for sustainable homes, natural materials, and green technology. Enhancing homes with ecological innovation is their goal- and their tweets constantly have us shouting "Woah! Cool!", view details

YouTube Videos ●
● Rainwater Collection System - How to build a 4 55-gallon barrel system with manifold so that it doesn't require a pump, view video
● Drip Irrigation Basics - Gardening enthusiast's guide to selecting different low-volume drip irrigation devices for use with various plant types, sizes and spacing around your landscaped areas and gardens, view video
● Stanley Tool Desctruction - This video just cracks us up, and if you know why this guy is so angry in the video, please let us know... view video
● Pull Em Up - Funny parody song from Licensed Green Plumbers, Anderson Plumbing in San Diego, CA, view video
 
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