My demand control pump experience

| by Bob Fincher
My demand control pump experience

As publisher of ProudGreenHome, I'm fortunate to be able to interact directly with some of the best and brightest people in the green building movement. And I occasionally have the fortune to have personal experience with some of the great products from our marketing partners.

My wife and I are renovating a 1920s-era home that we purchased a few months ago in a historic section of Louisville, Kentucky. The home, while well cared for over the years, had many needs. We have invested a lot of time and energy and resources into bringing it up to date in some vital areas such as lighting and HVAC.

One of our biggest gripes was the wait for hot water in the master bathroom. I know it sounds like first world problem, but let me explain. If we wait 30 seconds or more each morning for the water from the shower to get hot enough to use, then multiply that by 365 days per year, by two for each of us, and then multiply that by every adult in the city, the number becomes staggering. Some smart people tell me the average person wastes 10 gallons of water waiting for the shower to get hot enough.

Think about it, that's a lot of water down the drain. Plus the energy from the water heater that's not being used goes down the drain as well.

So we talked to Larry Aker, CEO of ACT Inc. about his D'MAND KONTROL demand circulation pump. We put one in the master bathroom, and the results are simply astounding.

 It's a little pump that fits under the sink the bathroom, and we have a button on the wall that you push before you want to take a shower. In the morning, I walk into the bathroom, push the button, and get my things ready for the shower and step in. The water is almost instantly hot, so instead of waiting 30 seconds for a shower, I wait about 3 seconds.

Yes, I know I'm saving water and energy. That's the intellectual argument, and it's very strong. But let me tell you, the instant comfort of a hot shower when you want it seems is simply unbelievable. That's the emotional argument.

With the drought situation in the Western states, many municipalities are considering making a demand control pump a requirement through building codes or other means. They can easily be added to most existing homes, and of course could be built into new homes.

From my personal experience, adding a demand control pump to a home makes all kind of sense in terms of water and energy conservation. But the best part comes every morning when the hot water is ready to flow without waiting.

Topics: Water Saving Devices


Bob Fincher
Bob, as the publisher and CEO, is the man behind the creation of ProudGreenHome. He was one of the four founding owners of Networld Media Group, where ProudGreenHome originated. He has 23 years of experience in distributing a range of products for the homebuilding and remodeling industries, and he has 14 years of experience in web development and online publishing. Oh, and one more thing. He's the biggest fan of THE Ohio State University that the green online publishing industry has ever seen.

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