If You Were Plumbing, How Much Beer Would You Hold?

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If You Were Plumbing, How Much Beer Would You Hold?

You open the hot-water tap. Then you wait for the hot water to flow. How long? (Too long, according to most people, I say.) The time depends on flow rate, the amount of water in ...

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If You Were Plumbing, How Much Beer Would You Hold?

Author: Gary Klein
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December 10, 2018

You open the hot-water tap. Then you wait for the hot water to flow. How long? (Too long, according to most people, I say.) The time depends on flow rate, the amount of water in ... [continue reading]

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A Solar-Assisted Heat Pump Water Heater

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December 10, 2018

Water heating in residential buildings has become more important as the overall efficiency of buildings has improved over the last decade, with energy efficiency code requirements for A/C, lighting, and the building envelope. Modest ... [continue reading]

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Heat Pump Water Heaters: Bring Them Upstairs?

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September 14, 2018

Heat pump water heaters are seeing increasing use in homes. They go well with solar PV and so support strategic electrification to reduce carbon emissions. And they are more efficient than electric-resistance water heaters. Several ... [continue reading]

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Builder-Installed Electrical Loads

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September 14, 2018

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Choices in PEX Manifold Systems

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June 14, 2018

There are a number of ways to combine PEX tubing with manifolds to get better-than-normal hot-water delivery in a home. In the old days, manifolds were sometimes used with soft copper tubing, but as copper ... [continue reading]

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Measured Performance of Ducted and Space-Coupled Heat Pump Water Heaters in a Cooling-Dominated Climate

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February 13, 2017

The Building America Partnership for Improved Residential Construction, led by the Florida Solar Energy Center, investigated the effect of ducted and interior-located heat pump water heaters (HPWHs) on space-conditioning energy use and water-heating energy use ... [continue reading]

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Water Heating in All-Electric Homes

Author: Robb Aldrich
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April 30, 2016

When I started working in the home energy field (in the mid-1990s), I never imagined I’d be suggesting that all-electric homes could be among the most efficient, sustainable, and practical choices in ... [continue reading]

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A Passion for High-Performance Plumbing Systems

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February 29, 2016

Turn on the faucet, then wait, wait, wait for the water to get hot. Many owners of older homes are familiar with this scenario. Fortunately for buyers of new homes, home builders now have a ... [continue reading]

New Zero-Energy Homes Almost to Cost Parity, While Codes & Incentives Help Cross the Finish Line óBy RMI's Alisa Petersen

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New Zero-Energy Homes Almost to Cost Parity, While Codes & Incentives Help Cross the Finish Line óBy RMI's Alisa Petersen

If you had a choice between building new homes that meet basic standards and building comfortable, healthy homes that dramatically ...

Top US Cities Considered the Most Energy Efficient

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Top US Cities Considered the Most Energy Efficient

Many people recognize the need for increased efforts to reduce energy consumption and make communities cleaner. As cities strive to ...

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