How to Future-Proof a Museum Collection
Larry Weingarten, longtime friend and contributor to Home Energy magazine, recently moved his Water Heater Museum from his home in Salinas, California, to a very special place on the East Coast. The museum had enjoyed ...
A Label That Makes Sense
America is a thirsty nation. Between 1950 and 2005, the U.S. population doubled, while our demand on water supplies more than tripled. Although water is relatively inexpensive, the cost to repair our nation’s aging ... [continue reading]
Converting From Steam To Hot Water
Q . Is it feasible to retrofit cast-iron single-pipe steam radiators to work on hot water from a new combined heating/domestic hot water (DHW) system? And if so, would it ever make sense ... [continue reading]
Looking for a Comfortable Low-Flow Shower Experience
Q. John Koeller notes how the plumbing industry has taken advantage of the lack of any prohibition against multiple head and body spray luxury shower installations resulting in many very high flow installations (“... [continue reading]
Danger in the Shower: 2008 Forum Looks at Hot Water
On average, water heating accounts for 15% of residential energy consumption. In the past few years, there has been an explosion of interest in meeting domestic hot water needs more efficiently. New hot-water-generating technologies, structured plumbing ... [continue reading]
A Cute Water Heater
Yes, there are cute water heaters. ECO-CUTE is a Japanese trademark and nickname for heat pump water heaters that use CO2 as a refrigerant. (Cute is the pronunciation of “hot water supply” in ... [continue reading]
Naturally Circulating Hot Water System
Steve Greenberg is a facilities energy management engineer at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and a technical editor at Home Energy. Q: I have been having a discussion with a fellow worker concerning our house heating ... [continue reading]
Kansas City's Water Heaters
I work for Neighborhood and Community Services in Kansas City, Missouri, in the Minor Home Repair and Weatherization program. I have worked in weatherization since 1986, and performed energy audits prior to that in Fairbanks, Alaska. ... [continue reading]
Drain Water Heat Recovery Devices
Drain water heat recovery (DWHR) devices are little-known but effective means to save hot water energy and homeowner dollars. [continue reading]
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Our Blog Has Moved
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Is Energy Efficiency an American Value?
Energy efficiency is good for the economy, good for families, good for workers, and good for the environment.