Are you ready for new water heater standards?


In April 2015, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) will put into effect a new energy efficiency standard for residential water heaters that will require all water heaters to be more efficient.


Tankless water heating technologies in Habitat for Humanity homes

There are many advantages of having a tankless water heater in a home. Besides the money savings, endless hot water and smaller impact on the environment, a tankless water heater is...

Prefab house book gives global perspective on green building phenomenon

For anyone considering a green home project, take time out to consider the fast-growing world of prefab and systems built homes. With her new book Prefabulous World: Energy-Efficient and Sustainable Homes around the Globe, author Sheri Koones opens the door on this global phenomenon.

Net Zero test home ends the year with energy to spare

After one of the toughest winters in recent years, the net-zero energy test house in suburban Washington, D.C., not only absorbed winter's best shot, it came out on top, reaching its one-year anniversary on July 1 with enough surplus energy to power an electric car for about 1,440 miles.

Why go tankless?

With a conventional tank, you waste heating and reheating water 24 hours a day. Tank style water heaters are 30% less efficient than tankless models, and their efficiency decreases over time due to sediment built up.

Generate your own power with the latest renewable energy technology

Innovations in renewable energy technology make it easier than ever to generate electricity at home.

What do cold and cloudy days mean for solar efficiency?

It is the common belief that solar energy can only be generated in hot and sunny locations. While the sun is clearly an imperative variable of the solar efficiency equation, you may be surprised to learn Sun Bandit® works even better on cold days because of inherent PV module efficiencies.

How Solar Hybrid Energy Systems Work

How do solar hybrid water heating systems work? This video explains how these systems use electricity generated by a solar powered micro-grid AC unit and electricity supplied by traditional utilities to heat stored water.

April isn’t the only time for showers

At the end of a long day, there are very few things more relaxing than a long, luxurious shower. A remedy for so many things, showers may be a man and woman's best friend -- after dogs and diamonds. If...

Passive house performance monitoring solutions

Easily measure and manage the performance of your passive house with monitoring and control technology.

A green home in Houston will beat the heat with net-zero efficiency

A home in Houston will stay cool through the hottest months of summer without paying a dime for electricity. That's the goal for a new 4,500 square-foot home that will offer energy self-sufficiency without sacrifice. The home -- dubbed SmartLux...

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Wink smart home automation platform expands to 60 devices

From window shades to water sprinklers, the Wink home automation platform expanded the set of connected devices to almost 60 products available through The Home Depot

Green retrofits will save millions for NYC multifamily complex

Luxury apartments on Roosevelt Island in New York City underwent a $7.4 million green retrofit, thanks to government financing and incentives.

Tankless water heater designed to stop water waste

A new water heater can help stop wasted water and energy flowing down the drain.

Is your old water heater ready to fail?

The old saying goes, if it ain’t broke don’t fix it. But that’s not smart when it comes to your water heater. Replacing an old water heater that seems to work fine may not seem like the smart thing to...

Recycle lost hot water energy with shower drain recovery

Consumers know hot water costs money. But they may not be aware that it's the second biggest energy expenditure after heating and cooling. For homeowners looking for a way to stop wasting energy, Ecodrain is the first practical heat recovery...

Heat pump water heater ready for large households in cold climates

A new heat pump water heater is designed to supply hot water for households up to 6 people in a cold climate conditions. The AirGenerate ATI80DV direct-vented heat pump water heaters from Ecotone Products LLC, offers efficient, cold climate optimized...

Recycling shower saves up to 70% of scarce water resources

Water scarcity, according to the World Health Organization fact files, affects one in three people on every continent around the world. In developing countries like China, the lack of water has become an everyday reality, as some villagers in Western...

New options for builders with whole house electric tankless water heater

Until recently most whole house tankless water heaters have been powered by natural gas. But a new product on the market offers an electric wholehouse tankless option with very high efficiency ratings. The electric tankless trutankless model from Bollente Companies...

Smart water heaters pair with wind power to manage the power grid

Smart water heaters will help manage the variable flow of power from wind power through the electrical grid. Pilot projects with NB Power in Canada and the Bonneville Power Administration in the U.S. are showing that smart water heaters can...

3 easy ways to take advantage of solar power

As the average retail price of electricity for American homeowners increased nearly 40 percent in the last 10 years, according to the U.S. Department of Energy, costing homeowners hundreds of dollars on utility bills.

New system makes radiant floor heating easier than ever (video)

A new residential radiant heat system offers a full system approach compared to the traditional component-by-component method. To make radiant heating easier for homeowners and building professionals, Warmboard Inc. launched the Total Warmth System, a newly designed system includes Warmsource,...

Hybrid tank-tankless water heater delivers hot water fast (video)

Tankless water heaters offer a number of advantages, but with the hybrid tank-tankless unit homeowners can have the best of both worlds. Rinnai launched the RH180 Hybrid Tank-Tankless Water Heater that combines a 40-gallon storage tank with a gas-fired tankless...

Water softeners make other appliances and plumbing fixtures more effective

Water softeners can save significant amounts of money and energy in the home, a study by the independent Battelle Institute revealed. Softeners help preserve the efficiency of water heaters and major appliances and keep showers and faucets unclogged, the report found. The study was commissioned by the Water Quality Research Foundation (WQRF).

How do I buy Energy Star appliances?

If you’re in the market for new home appliances, be sure to look for the label. The Energy Star label, that is.

Whole-house electric tankless water heaters debut at IBS

The benefits of tankless water heaters are well known, but for many homeowners, natural gas tankless models are out of the question. A new electric tankless water heater will make it easier for more homes to save money on their...

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Water heating is one of the biggest energy uses in the home, so choosing an energy-efficient water heater is one of the best ways for a homeowner to save money. Learn about new solar, tankless, hybrid and other high-efficiency options.