No more cold water while waiting for a tankless water heater to kick in

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A tankless or on-demand water heater is a great way to save energy and have endless hot water, but homeowners used to have to understand how they worked.

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Intro to heat pump hot water systems

These pumps are able to extract energy from the surrounding air and transfer it to the water in the tank.

Six solutions for water and energy efficiency

The ACT D’Mand Kontrols® System is a patented and proven re-circulating pump easily installed in a home’s existing plumbing system designed to eliminate running the hot water line for a minute or two to finally get hot water at your faucet.

Waiting for hot water is costly and wasteful

Think about this. There are approximately 90 million single-family homes in the US where the hot water faucet is turned on to run a minute or two to finally provide hot water. That amounts to 7,000-10,000 gallons of fresh water per year per home.

Simple home water conservation practices really add up

Most of us have grown up with “limitless” water. You turn on the faucet and it is always right there. But as we have seen in the drought-stricken SW United States and as far as northern California water has become a critical commodity.

Demand control pumps deliver comfort and save water and energy

The ACT, Inc. D’MAND Kontrol® hot water distribution system works by circulating ambient temperature water that normally goes down the drain back to the water heater through the cold water line.

Thermal imaging cameras highlight energy lost in homes as hot water goes down the drain

Thermal imaging cameras have long been a tool used by home performance contractors. But every day, energy leaves the house in an often overlooked way, in the hot water going down the drain.

How much water is used in a hotel shower? (Full disclosure: I had to waste water to answer this question)

I love taking long showers in hotels and using the sample bottles of soap and shampoo that come in them. It is the best way to unwind after exploring a city...

How to choose (and size) your tankless water heater

You have had it. You just ran out of hot water because your tank either ran out, or you had to disconnect it because it started leaking. You do all your research, you have decided to go tankless. Your next step will be not only pick the right brand, but also...

Fight the invisible cost of wasted water

When hot water goes down the drain, the invisible cost of heating the water uses more water than the wasted water.

How do tankless water heaters work?

Most people in North America currently use a storage tank water heater to provide hot water in their homes. A tankless water heater, on the other hand, does not store hot water. It heats the water by...

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NEWS


Natural gas back up option takes solar water heater off the grid

For homeowners looking for water heating that will work without a connection to the power grid, a solar hybrid water heating system with natural gas back up may be the answer.

Water heaters may be the answer for renewable energy storage

Storage has long been one of the challenges for managing grid-scale renewable energy, but the answer maybe hiding in every home in the country.

Use these tips to make your water heater last longer

People clean their counters, they empty the trash, and scrub the tub, but what about their water heaters? Most people don’t give them a second thought.

US water heater regulations getting tougher in 2015

New standards for water heaters will force changes on homeowners, builders and plumbing contractors while saving tons of carbon dioxide emissions and energy at the same time.

Know the signs to repair or replace your water heater

If you're experiencing water heater problems, it can be hard to know whether to repair or replace a system that's not performing well. Water heater service can be notoriously tricky for home owners because there is a lack of knowledge...

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.

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...

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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.