The Elusive Search for an Energy-Efficient Water Heater

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The Elusive Search for an Energy-Efficient Water Heater

My Sunday kayak adventure with my wife and friends on Lake Tahoe was magic. Paddling that beautiful lake relaxed me to the point where, by the time I reached home, I was ready for a ...

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One or Two Tanks?

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September 11, 2006

        Q. Is it cheaper for a homeowner to run one 100-gallon gas hot water tank or two 50-gallon tanks? There are six heavy water users in our household. How ... [continue reading]

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Reliable, Efficient Heat Pump Water Heaters

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November 01, 2005

About 10% of California residents use conventional electric water heating—a technology that’s expensive to operate and contributes to peak demand. Heat pump water heaters (HPWHs) are an efficient alternative, consuming less than ... [continue reading]

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Hidden Costs: Wasted Water

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September 01, 2005

Saving water can have a huge impact on the expense of operating multifamily buildings - especially when the water bills and the heating and hot water bills are in the same ballpark. [continue reading]

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Tankless Option Improving

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July 01, 2005

If cost and installation barriers can be overcome, tankless water heaters will likely replace the storage water heater that for over 50 years has been a part of American culture. [continue reading]

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Soft Water, Strong Odor

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May 01, 2005

        Q. I have a gas-fueled direct-vent hot water tank. It has been in service since September 2003. I have a water softener as well.We get our water from a ... [continue reading]

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In Hot Water

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May 01, 2005

        If you happened to be in the Monterey Peninsula Airport in Monterey, California, between December 2004 and May 2005, you were treated to a very interesting display of water heaters, both ... [continue reading]

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Creating Heat and Light

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January 01, 2005

A Canadian program tests the efficiency and future potential of residential combined heat and power systems at its residential building test center. [continue reading]

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Oak Ridge In Hot Water

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January 01, 2005

        Scientists at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) are taking on the second biggest energy user in the home—hot water. One way to minimize water-heating energy is to ... [continue reading]

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Energy supplies and efficiency in new home construction took an interesting turn when researchers at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) ...

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