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Austin Plumber is First to Go Green in Austin


Not Your Common Plumbing (NYC Plumbing), owned by Mike Marugo, a master plumber who moved from New York to Austin several years ago, has become the first and currently, only Austin plumbing company to be certified as a Green Plumber by GreenPlumbers USA.

“It sure would have been a whole lot easier just to put the word ”green“ in everything, but I felt it important to be certified and licensed by the recognized organization in the industry,” says Mike Marugo.

A green plumber is one who is certified as participating in sustainable practices related to the plumbing field. Mike Marugo received this certification by performing his job in such a way that it saves his clients water and energy, and by successfully completing the required certification courses. It’s not always easy to get this certification requiring hours of training. These classes are on the following topics: climate care, water care, solar hot water, efficient technology, and inspections.

“I did wonder going through this if it was worth it, but given the general mindset in a city like Austin who loves going green as much as possible and the City of Austin’s goal of reducing how much water is used per person, I was convinced that being certified as a green plumber in Austin would give my clients peace of mind that I could help them save money over time,” said Mike Marugo.

With the recent droughts in the past few years, its been even more pressing to reduce Austin’s water useage. According to the City’s estimates, Austin water usage is 170 gallon per day per person. They want to reduce usage to 140 gallons per day per person. And with the average monthly water bill in Austin being approx $67 and water rates set to increase in the near future, saving water is becoming a smart money saver too. Initiatives to replace water-wasting toilets with reduced water toilets are still available. More information about Austin’s first and only green plumber can be found on his website

Its a great time to call 512-647-6431 because until September 30, 2010 Not Your Common Plumbing is offering a reduced installation rate for Austinites taking advantage of the city’s homeowner rebate program for water saving toilets.



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