Home Water Savings Tip #447 – Inside – Turn Off Water Heater When Away

Editor’s Note: To view all the 530+ different energy and water conservation tips for the home, simply access our Free Energy and Water Savings Guide, 3rd Edition +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Number 447, Turn Off Water Heater When Away on Vacation. You know, we have never done this I’m ashamed to say. Of course this should be done. For those with a hot water tank, why continually heat the water, causing it to evaporate more quickly than if it was not heated, … [Read more...]

Daily Home Energy Savings Tip – Solar Water Heater

Editor’s Note: To view all the 530+ different energy and water conservation tips for the home, simply access our Free Energy and Water Savings Guide, 3rd Edition +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Number 390, Solar Water Heater. While very expensive, if it lasts sufficiently long enough for you to realize enough savings, solar water heaters are the most environmentally friendly water heating approach to use in my opinion. However, be aware, most of this type of water … [Read more...]

Daily Home Energy Savings Tip – Insulate Hot Water Pipes

Editor’s Note: To view all the 530+ different energy and water conservation tips for the home, simply access our Free Energy and Water Savings Guide, 3rd Edition +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Number 380, Insulate Hot Water Pipes.Today a money saving water heating tip. If you insulate your hot water pipes then when the hot water travels from your water heater (of any type) to the faucet, it will lose less of its heat, causing you to use less. INSTALL COST … [Read more...]

Daily Home Energy Savings Tip – Use Shower Closest To Water Heater

Editor’s Note: To view all the 530+ different energy and water conservation tips for the home, simply access our Free Energy and Water Savings Guide, 3rd Edition +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Number 366, Use Shower Closest to Water Heater. This way, the hot water will have less length of pipe to travel. Traveling a shorter distance which will cause the water to loose less heat from the heater to your shower head which will result in you needing less hot water in … [Read more...]

Home Energy Conservation Government Grants – ecoENERGY Revisited – 5

Editor's Note: Over the holidays we are re-publishing selected articles related to our ecoENERGY energy conservation experiences. Some of the grant amounts may have changed. To access the more than 20 articles we have written on our energy conservation experiences through the ecoENERGY Residential Retrofit program, simply use this link to access our ecoENERGY Energy Conservation page. +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ The next recommendation on our ecoENERGY Energy Efficiency … [Read more...]

Reno Projects

DreamScreens Installed French Doors

We write about our many home renovation and energy conservation efforts as well as new products or services we try. In many cases our efforts results in five or more articles which constitute a project, with one article leading to the next. Find the project(s) of interest below and select the link to its first article. We continually add more projects as we work on them in our home. Energy Conservation: And, remember to amble over to SavingsGrid.com, with hundreds of money saving … [Read more...]

Tankless Water Heater – Part 5 – The Second Quote

In Part 4 we had received our first quote on the installation of a Rinnai tankless / instantaneous water heater. Now, enter company number 2. They have had recently a lot of radio commercials and a program that includes it appears their own promotional discounts. So we give them a call and the first available appointment is 3 weeks or so in the future. They must be busy. And, this company is also promoting the identical Rinnai R75-LSi model as the company who provided our first estimate. … [Read more...]

ecoENERGY Report – Follow-up – Instantaneous (Tankless) Water Heaters

Another follow-up to one of our posts reviewing the Energy Efficiency Evaluation Report we received under the ecoENERGY Grant program relates to the instantaneous or tank-less water heater: ecoENERGY Report - Part 6 - Recommendations Now, two aspects here: First, we were surprised that all of our local utilities and quasi-utilities which sell water heaters do not appear to offer the installation of these types of water heaters to existing homes. We went on their web site and could not … [Read more...]

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