Energy Efficiency & Water Heaters

SANY0065Absence makes the heart grow fonder. That's how you may feel when you turn on your shower and realize there's no hot water. Your hot water heater might not be something you think about every day, but most of us love – and often take for granted – the comfort and safety we get from our hot water. Once you're reminded how much you love your hot water heater, you want the replacement process to be as quick and painless as possible.

Your water heater is more than 10 years old and it needs replacing, so you call your local water heater company, they go over the size and fuel type of your water heater, and then start talking about the efficiency of all of these options.

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Heat Pump Water Heater Buyer's Guide

Hot Water Pump MareyMost homeowners are familiar with heat pump technology as it applies to heating and cooling your home. A heat pump water heater uses the same technology to heat water, resulting in efficiency 2-3 times than that of a standard electric water heater. Heat pump water heaters on the market today include a storage tank, a compressor and fan all in one unit, and while they are more expensive, many utility companies offer incentives that dramatically bring down the cost of the unit and installation.

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Tankless Water Heater Buyer's Guide

instant hot water heaterA tankless water heater - also known as an "on-demand", "instantaneous", "instant", or "waterless" water heater – is a more energy efficient alternative to a traditional storage tank water heater. Mounted on the wall in your garage, utility room, or outside your home, a tankless water heater can service the hot water heater needs of your entire home, from faucets and showers, to soaking tubs, dishwashers, laundry and more.

Tankless water heaters provide hot water on-demand, meaning that assuming you install an appropriately-sized unit, you can have hot water when you need it, in as many locations as you need it, for as long as you need it.

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On Fire...

imgres-1Well, Fire, or flame, is primarily an extremely hot gas, even hot enough to give off light. It is mainly composed of oxygen, carbon dioxide, nitrogen, and water vapor. In a solid, the molecules (what the objects are composed of) are very tightly packed together and are chemically bound, so it cannot change shape very easily. In a liquid, the molecules are not chemically bound, but they are packed very tightly together and interact strongly with their neighbors. In a gas the molecules are not chemically bound, and are not even packed close together, in fact, they are so widely spaced that they hardly interact with each other at all, and yet ONE can work with FIRE, cautiously and respectfully.

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Wood Boiler Radiant Floor Heating

floorheatingSome outdoor wood boilers are either multi-fuel systems (i.e.    they can burn wood and gas or oil) or they have a built-in heat exchanger     coil to supply domestic hot water. With this style of boiler the separate storage/back-up     tank is not needed and the radiant floor can be run directly from the boiler.

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