20-Ways To Conserve Energy!

Whenever you save energy, you not only save money, you also reduce the demand for such fossil fuels as coal, oil, and natural gas. Less burning of fossil fuels also means lower emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2), the primary contributor to global warming, and other pollutants.

You do not have to do without to achieve these savings. There is now an energy efficient alternative for almost every kind of appliance or light fixture. That means that consumers have a real choice and the power to change their energy use on a revolutionary scale.

The average American produces about 40,000 pounds of CO2 emissions per year. Together, we use nearly a million dollars worth of energy every minute, night and day, every day of the year. By exercising even a few of the following steps, you can cut your annual emissions by thousands of pounds and your energy bills by a significant amount!

(not listed in any particular order)

1. Turn your refrigerator down. Refrigerators account for about 20% of Household electricity use. Use a thermometer to set your refrigerator temperature as close to 37 degrees and your freezer as close to 3 degrees as possible. Make sure that its energy saver switch is turned on. Also, check the gaskets around your refrigerator/freezer doors to make sure they are clean and sealed tightly.

2. Set your clothes washer to the warm or the cold water setting, not hot. Switching from hot to warm for two loads per week can save nearly 500 pounds of CO2 per year if you have an electric water heater, or 150 pounds for a gas heater.

3. Make sure your dishwasher is full when you run it and use the energy saving setting, if available, to allow the dishes to air dry. You can also turn off the drying cycle manually. Not using heat in the drying cycle can save 20 percent of your dishwasher’s total electricity use.

4. Turn down your water heater thermostat. Thermostats are often set to 140 degrees F when 120 is usually fine. Each 10 degree reduction saves 600 pounds of CO2 per year for an electric water heater, or 440 pounds for a gas heater. If every household turned its water heater thermostat down 20 degrees, we could prevent more than 45 million tons of annual CO2 emissions – the same amount emitted by the entire nations of Kuwait or Libya.

5. Install an eco-friendly hot water recirculation system that is powered by thermal convection to your plumbing, requires no electricity to operate (because no water pump is needed) and has a temperature controlled by-pass valve. There is no water waste with a Hot Water Lobster Instant Hot Water Valve, and it also minimizes energy waste since hot water recirculating valve only re-circulates when the hot water at your faucet cools below your desired temperature which can also prevent pipe freezing.

6. Be careful not to overheat or overcool rooms. In the winter, set your thermostat at 68 degrees in daytime, and 55 degrees at night. In the summer, keep it at 78. Lowering your thermostat just two degrees during winter saves 6 percent of heating-related CO2 emissions. That’s a reduction of 420 pounds of CO2 per year for a typical home.

7. Clean or replace air filters as recommended. Energy is lost when air conditioners and hot-air furnaces have to work harder to draw air through dirty filters. Cleaning a dirty air conditioner filter can save 5 percent of the energy used. That could save 175 pounds of CO2 per year.

8. Buy energy-efficient compact fluorescent bulbs for your most-used lights. Although they cost more initially, they save money in the long run by using only 1/4 the energy of an ordinary incandescent bulb and lasting 8-12 times longer. They provide an equivalent amount of bright, attractive light. Only 10% of the energy consumed by a normal light bulb generates light. The rest just makes the bulb hot. If every American household replaced one of its standard light bulbs with an energy efficient compact fluorescent bulb, we would save the same amount of energy as a large nuclear power plant produces in one year. In a typical home, one compact fluorescent bulb can save 260 pounds of CO2 per year.

9. Wrap your water heater in an insulating jacket, which costs just $10 to $20. It can save 1100 lbs. of CO2 per year for an electric water heater, or 220 pounds for a gas heater.

10. Use less hot water by installing low-flow shower heads. They cost just $10 to $20 each, deliver an invigorating shower, and save 300 pounds of CO2 per year for electrically heated water, or 80 pounds for gas-heated water.

11. Weatherize your home or apartment, using caulk and weather stripping to plug air leaks around doors and windows. Caulking costs less than $1 per window, and weather stripping is under $10 per door. These steps can save up to 1100 pounds of CO2 per year for a typical home. Ask your utility company for a home energy audit to find out where your home is poorly insulated or energy inefficient. This service may be provided free or at low cost. Make sure it includes a check of your furnace and air conditioning.

12. Whenever possible, walk, bike, car pool, or use mass transit. Every gallon of gasoline you save avoids 22 pounds of CO2 emissions. If your car gets 25 miles per gallon, for example, and you reduce your annual driving from 12,000 to 10,000 miles, you’ll save 1800 pounds of CO2.

13. When you next buy a car, choose one that gets good mileage. If your new car gets 40 miles per gallon instead of 25, and you drive 10,000 miles per year, you’ll reduce your annual CO2 emissions by 3,300 pounds.

14. Reduce the amount of waste you produce by buying minimally packaged goods, choosing reusable products over disposable ones, and recycling. For every pound of waste you eliminate or recycle, you save energy and reduce emissions of CO2 by at least 1 pound. Cutting down your garbage by half of one large trash bag per week saves at least 1100 pounds of CO2 per year. Making products with recycled materials, instead of from scratch with raw materials, uses 30 to 55% less for paper products, 33% less for glass, and a whopping 90% less for aluminum.

15. If your car has an air conditioner, make sure its coolant is recovered and recycled whenever you have it serviced. In the United States, leakage from auto air conditioners is the largest single source of emissions of chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs), which damage the ozone layer as well as add to global warming. The CFCs from one auto air conditioner can add the equivalent of 4800 pounds of CO2 emissions per year.

16. Insulate your walls and ceilings. This can save 20 to 30 percent of home heating bills and reduce CO2 emissions by 140 to 2100 pounds per year. If you live in a colder climate, consider super-insulating. That can save 5.5 tons of CO2 per year for gas-heated homes, 8.8 tons per year for oil heat, or 23 tons per year for electric heat. (If you have electric heat, you might also consider switching to more efficient gas or oil.)

17. Modernize your windows. Replacing all your ordinary windows with argon filled, double-glazed windows saves 2.4 tons of CO2 per year for homes with gas heat, 3.9 tons of oil heat, and 9.8 tons for electric heat.

18. Plant shade trees and paint your house a light color if you live in a warm climate, or a dark color if you live in a cold climate. Reductions in energy use resulting from shade trees and appropriate painting can save up to 2.4 tons of CO2 emissions per year. (Each tree also directly absorbs about 25 pounds of CO2 from the air annually.)

19. Work with your employer to implement these and other energy-efficiency and waste-reduction measures in your office or workplace. Form or join local citizens’ groups and work with local government officials to see that these measures are taken in schools and public buildings.

20. Keep track of the environmental voting records of candidates for office. Stay abreast of environmental issues on both local and national levels, and write or call your elected officials to express your concerns about energy efficiency and global warming.

Prevent Your Pipes From Freezing

The best solution to preventing your pipes from freezing is to simply install innovative and patented technology known as a “temperature controlled hot water recirculating valve” (is a breeze-no pipe cutting, soldering or electrical connections). It uses your existing water pipes and the thermal convection generated by your water heater to circulate the water back to your water heater for reheating (not requiring a pump or any electricity). These systems are temperature-controlled and are easily adjustable to meet your particular temperature needs. There is no water waste and it also reduces the energy required to heat your water while it provides instant hot water to your faucets and showers. A trickle of water circulating in your pipes will keep your pipes from freezing in most circumstances.

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Water Heating Tips To Save Energy and Save Water

  • Install aerating and low-flow faucets and showerheads.
  • Install an eco-friendly thermal convection powered hot water recirculating system to your plumbing, has a temperature controlled by-pass valve and requires no electricity to operate. There is no water waste with this type of system, and it also minimizes energy waste since it only re-circulates when the hot water at your faucet cools below your desired temperature and can prevent pipe freezing.
  • Repair leaky faucets promptly; a leaky faucet wastes gallons of water in a short period of time.
  • Lower the thermostat on your water heater; water heaters sometimes come from the factory with high temperature settings, but a setting of 120°F provides comfortable hot water for most uses.
  • Insulate your electric hot-water storage tank, but be careful not to cover the thermostat. Follow the manufacturer’s recommendations.
  • Insulate your natural gas or oil hot-water storage tank, but be careful not to cover the water heater’s top, bottom, thermostat, or burner compartment. Follow the manufacturer’s recommendations; when in doubt, get professional help.
  • Insulate the first 6 feet of the hot and cold water pipes connected to the water heater.
  • If you are in the market for a new dishwasher or clothes washer, consider buying an efficient, water-saving model to reduce hot water use.
  • Drain a quart of water from your water tank every 3 months to remove sediment that impedes heat transfer and lowers the efficiency of your heater. The type of water tank you have determines the steps to take, so follow the manufacturer’s advice.
    • Although most water heaters last 10–15 years, it’s best to start shopping now for a new one if yours is more than 7 years old. Doing some research before your heater fails will enable you to select one that most appropriately meets your needs.

    Long-Term Savings Tips:

    • Buy a new energy-efficient water heater. While it may cost more initially than a standard water heater, the energy savings will continue during the lifetime of the appliance.
    • Look for efficient water heaters in the following categories: high efficiency gas non-condensing, gas condensing, electric heat pump, gas tankless, and solar.
    • Consider installing a drain water waste heat recovery system. A recent DOE study showed energy savings of 25% to about 30% for water heating using such a system.
    • Heat pump water heaters can be very cost-effective in some areas.
    • Install a temperature controlled hot water recirculation valve, which provides instant hot water (so water is not wasted down the drain waiting for water to run hot at your faucet or shower). The Hot Water Lobster Instant Hot Water Valve is a simple eco-friendly DIY installation (no water pump required) and can save an average household up to 17,000 gallons per year. It also saves energy costs and can prevent pipe freezing.

    Prevent Your Pipes From Freezing:

    The best solution to preventing your pipes from freezing is to simply install innovative and patented technology known as a “temperature controlled hot water recirculating valve” (is a breeze-no pipe cutting, soldering or electrical connections). It uses your existing water pipes and the thermal convection generated by your water heater to circulate the water back to your water heater for reheating (not requiring a pump or any electricity). These systems are temperature-controlled and are easily adjustable to meet your particular temperature needs. There is no water waste and it also reduces the energy required to heat your water while it provides instant hot water to your faucets and showers. A trickle of water circulating in your pipes will keep your pipes from freezing in most circumstances.

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    Top Energy Saving Tips

    (not listed in any particular order)

    Saving energy doesn’t always take days of planning. There are many things you can do right now to start saving energy and reduce your energy on costs. (not listed in any particular order)

    1. Setting Your Thermostat: Install a programmable thermostat compatible with your heating and cooling system. Make sure to set it comfortably low in the winter and comfortably high in the summer.

    2. Lower Your Water Heater Temperature: Lower the thermostat on your hot water heater to 120 degrees Fahrenheit.

    3. Washing Clothes or Dishes: Follow the full load guideline. Never use the dishwasher or washing machine unless it houses a full load.

    4. Using Power Strips: Plug your electronics into power strips. When turning off these electronics, power down using the power strip to prevent stand-by mode from drawing electricity unnecessarily.

    5. Power Down Computers and Monitors: Turn off your computer and monitor when they are not being used. Contrary to popular beliefs, turning them on and off will not cause damage. If you are away from your computer at different intervals, make sure you have set the power save options.

    6. Drying Dishes: Air-dry dishes rather than using the heated drying cycle.

    7. Washing in Cold Water: Wash clothes in cold water. This not only reduces hot water usage, but it is better for your clothing as well.

    8. Use Compact Fluorescent Lighting: Use compact fluorescent bulbs to light your home. Not only do these bulbs use less energy, but they last longer than traditional bulbs.

    9. Take Showers: Take short showers instead of baths. The amount of water used, and heated is significantly less for a shower.

    10. Hot water recirculation: Install a hot water recirculating system to your plumbing. The Hot Water Lobster Instant Hot Water Valve is powered by eco-friendly thermal convection, has a temperature controlled recirculating valve and easy installation requires no electricity to operate (no water pump required). There is no water waste with this type of system, and it also minimizes energy waste since it only re-circulates when the hot water at your faucet cools below your desired temperature, saves water and prevent pipe freezing.

    Prevent Your Pipes From Freezing

    The best solution to preventing your pipes from freezing is to simply install innovative and patented technology known as a “temperature controlled hot water recirculating valve” (is a breeze-no pipe cutting, soldering or electrical connections). It uses your existing water pipes and the thermal convection generated by your water heater to circulate the water back to your water heater for reheating (not requiring a pump or any electricity). These systems are temperature-controlled and are easily adjustable to meet your particular temperature needs. There is no water waste and it also reduces the energy required to heat your water while it provides instant hot water to your faucets and showers. A trickle of water circulating in your pipes will keep your pipes from freezing in most circumstances.

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    Water Heating Tips To Save Energy and Save Water

    Water heating is the third largest energy expense in your home. It typically accounts for about 12% of your utility bill. There are four ways to cut your water heating bills: use less hot water, turn down the thermostat on your water heater, insulate your water heater, or buy a new, more efficient model.

    Tips To Use Less Hot Water:

    • Install aerating and low-flow faucets and showerheads.
    • Install an eco-friendly thermal convection powered hot water recirculating system to your plumbing, has a temperature controlled by-pass valve and requires no electricity to operate. There is no water waste with this type of system, and it also minimizes energy waste since it only re-circulates when the hot water at your faucet cools below your desired temperature and can prevent pipe freezing.
    • Repair leaky faucets promptly; a leaky faucet wastes gallons of water in a short period of time.
    • Lower the thermostat on your water heater; water heaters sometimes come from the factory with high temperature settings, but a setting of 120°F provides comfortable hot water for most uses.
    • Insulate your electric hot-water storage tank, but be careful not to cover the thermostat. Follow the manufacturer’s recommendations.
    • Insulate your natural gas or oil hot-water storage tank, but be careful not to cover the water heater’s top, bottom, thermostat, or burner compartment. Follow the manufacturer’s recommendations; when in doubt, get professional help.
    • Insulate the first 6 feet of the hot and cold water pipes connected to the water heater.
    • If you are in the market for a new dishwasher or clothes washer, consider buying an efficient, water-saving model to reduce hot water use.
    • Drain a quart of water from your water tank every 3 months to remove sediment that impedes heat transfer and lowers the efficiency of your heater. The type of water tank you have determines the steps to take, so follow the manufacturer’s advice.
    • Although most water heaters last 10–15 years, it’s best to start shopping now for a new one if yours is more than 7 years old. Doing some research before your heater fails will enable you to select one that most appropriately meets your needs.

    Long-Term Savings Tips:

    • Buy a new energy-efficient water heater. While it may cost more initially than a standard water heater, the energy savings will continue during the lifetime of the appliance.
    • Look for efficient water heaters in the following categories: high efficiency gas non-condensing, gas condensing, electric heat pump, gas tankless, and solar.
    • Consider installing a drain water waste heat recovery system. A recent DOE study showed energy savings of 25% to about 30% for water heating using such a system.
    • Heat pump water heaters can be very cost-effective in some areas.
    • Install a temperature controlled hot water recirculation valve, which provides instant hot water (so water is not wasted down the drain waiting for water to run hot at your faucet or shower). The Hot Water Lobster Instant Hot Water Valve is a simple eco-friendly DIY installation (no water pump required) and can save an average household up to 17,000 gallons per year. It also saves energy costs and can prevent pipe freezing.

    Prevent Your Pipes From Freezing:

    The best solution to preventing your pipes from freezing is to simply install innovative and patented technology known as a “temperature controlled hot water recirculating valve” (is a breeze-no pipe cutting, soldering or electrical connections). It uses your existing water pipes and the thermal convection generated by your water heater to circulate the water back to your water heater for reheating (not requiring a pump or any electricity). These systems are temperature-controlled and are easily adjustable to meet your particular temperature needs. There is no water waste and it also reduces the energy required to heat your water while it provides instant hot water to your faucets and showers. A trickle of water circulating in your pipes will keep your pipes from freezing in most circumstances.

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    What To Know About Hot Water Recirculation Systems

    A hot water recirculation system is a simple addition to your plumbing system that moves hot water to fixtures and circulates the cooled water back to your water heater for reheating. This method of hot water recirculation provides instant hot water for the consumer (not requiring the consumer to waste water down the drain waiting for the water to “run hot”.

    System Types

    dedicated loop: A connection to the hot water supply pipe (at each fixture or near the end of the plumbing run), connects a separate or “dedicated” pipe specifically used to carry the cooled water back to the water heater for reheating. A dedicated loop is normally only installed during the initial new construction of a building (because once walls and floors are closed off, adding an additional plumbing line is very difficult).

    integrated loop: This system is typically used on existing buildings and provides a similar function to the “dedicated loop” with the exception that instead of adding an additional plumbing line, it uses existing cold water lines to return the cooled water back to the water heater for reheating.

    Activation

    Until recently, hot water recirculation systems were commonly activated by either a timer or push button. Systems that use a timer or push button turn run a pump when activated. These systems require electricity to operate and therefore make installation more difficult.

    Perhaps the best hot water recirculating system is one that is thermal convection powered, has a temperature controlled by-pass valve at the farthest fixture and requires no water pump or electricity to operate (which makes DIY installation easy and fast). There is no water waste with this type of system, and it also minimizes energy waste since it only reticulates when the hot water at your faucet cools below your desired temperature.

    Do hot water recirculation systems really save energy and water?

    Regardless of whether they are controlled manually or automatically, recirculation systems reduce the amount of water that goes down the drain while the homeowner waits for the desired temperature. This fact allows for the following three advantages over conventional water distribution systems:

    They save time. Recirculating systems deliver hot water to faucets quickly, adding convenience for the homeowner.

    Hot water recirculation systems conserve water. According to statistics from the U.S. Department of Energy and the U.S. Census Bureau, between 400 billion and 1.3 trillion gallons of water (or close to 2 million Olympic-sized swimming pools) are wasted nationally by households per year while waiting for water to heat up.

    They limit municipal energy waste. The DOE estimates that 800 to 1,600 kilowatt-hours per year are used to treat and pump the water to households that will eventually be wasted while the occupant waits for tap water to warm to the desired temperature.

    Rebates

    Some jurisdictions, particularly in areas where water is scarce, offer rebates on the purchase and installation of hot water recirculation systems. The cities of Santa Fe and Albuquerque, New Mexico, for instance, offer a $100 rebate for homeowners who purchase a hot water recirculation system. The city of Scottsdale, Arizona, offers up to $200 for residential property owners who install theses systems.

    Availability and Energy Savings

    Hot water recirculation systems are available nationwide from manufacturers, distributors, plumbing wholesale supply warehouses, and at selected retail home stores. The initial cost of dedicated systems may prevent some homeowners from installing these systems, as they require a professional plumber and the purchase and installation a large amount of piping. Integrated systems, by contrast, are often a D.I.Y. solution. Energy savings will vary, depending on the design of the plumbing system, method of control and operation, and homeowner use.

    In summary, hot water recirculation systems are innovative plumbing systems that can save water, save energy and time.

    Prevent Your Pipes From Freezing

    The best solution to preventing your pipes from freezing is to simply install innovative and patented technology known as a “temperature controlled hot water recirculating valve” (is a breeze-no pipe cutting, soldering or electrical connections). It uses your existing water pipes and the thermal convection generated by your water heater to circulate the water back to your water heater for reheating (not requiring a pump or any electricity). These systems are temperature-controlled and are easily adjustable to meet your particular temperature needs. There is no water waste and it also reduces the energy required to heat your water while it provides instant hot water to your faucets and showers. A trickle of water circulating in your pipes will keep your pipes from freezing in most circumstances.

    Install a temperature controlled hot water recirculation valve, which provides instant hot water (so water is not wasted down the drain waiting for water to run hot at your faucet or shower). The Hot Water Lobster Instant Hot Water Valve is a simple eco-friendly DIY installation (no water pump required) can save an average household up to 17,000 gallons per year. It also saves energy costs and can prevent pipe freezing.

    In summary, hot water recirculation systems are innovative plumbing systems that can save water, save energy, save time and prevent pipes from freezing.

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    Instant Hot Water From Your Standard Water Heater!

    Temperature controlled hot water recirculation valves draw hot water from your tank type water heater and replaces the cooled off hot water in your hot water pipes with hot water by sending the cooled water back to the water heater through your existing cold water line where it is reheated for use again.

    Think of it this way, when you usually let the cooled off hot water run down the drain until hot water arrives at your faucet, the cooled off water in your hot water pipes has now been replaced with hot water. With the hot water recirculation valve, the cooled off water is simply sent back to the water heater (through your existing plumbing’s cold water line) while it is being replaced with fresh hot water. The result is hot water with very little wait time, usually within 6-seconds.

    Install a temperature controlled hot water recirculation valve, which provides instant hot water (so water is not wasted down the drain waiting for water to run hot at your faucet or shower). The Hot Water Lobster Instant Hot Water Valve is a simple eco-friendly DIY installation (no water pump required) and can save an average household up to 17,000 gallons per year. It also saves energy costs and can prevent pipe freezing.

    Prevent Your Pipes From Freezing

    The best solution to preventing your pipes from freezing is to simply install innovative and patented technology known as a “temperature controlled hot water recirculating valve” (is a breeze-no pipe cutting, soldering or electrical connections). It uses your existing water pipes and the thermal convection generated by your water heater to circulate the water back to your water heater for reheating (not requiring a pump or any electricity). These systems are temperature-controlled and are easily adjustable to meet your particular temperature needs. There is no water waste and it also reduces the energy required to heat your water while it provides instant hot water to your faucets and showers. A trickle of water circulating in your pipes will keep your pipes from freezing in most circumstances.

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    Benefits of Hot Water Recirculation Systems

    The best solution to preventing your pipes from freezing is to simply install innovative and patented technology known as a “temperature controlled hot water recirculating valve” (is a breeze-no pipe cutting, soldering or electrical connections). It uses your existing water pipes and the thermal convection generated by your water heater to circulate the water back to your water heater for reheating (not requiring a pump or any electricity). These systems are temperature-controlled and are easily adjustable to meet your particular temperature needs. There is no water waste and it also reduces the energy required to heat your water while it provides instant hot water to your faucets and showers. A trickle of water circulating in your pipes will keep your pipes from freezing in most circumstances.

    The benefits of hot water recirculation systems are rather obvious. You get faster hot water, nearly instant hot water, which is convenient, and you save a substantial amount of water. But there are a few other issues to consider.

    There are a number of types of recirculation systems for residential plumbing. There are the traditional full-time circulating systems that continuously pump a small flow of hot water through the piping from the heater to the fixtures and back to the inlet of the heater. Besides being quite difficult to install (requiring and electrical outlet under your sink), these full-time hot water recirculation pumps are very wasteful of energy. Your water heater will have to work much harder to supply the heat needed to replace the heat being radiated from the piping system. In years past when energy was cheap and plentiful these systems were very popular, however, in today’s energy conscious environment they are becoming rare in residential plumbing systems.

    There are ways to reduce the energy loss such as using a demand button or putting the pump on a timer to reduce the number of hours it runs. The drawback to this is that if you want hot water at a different sink or the system is between cycles, you will still have a long wait and run a lot of water down the drain to get hot water. Several manufacturers like RedyTemp, Grundfos, Laing, Metlund, Taco, Chilipepper, and Watts offer these type systems.

    Temperature Controlled Thermal Convection Powered Instant Hot Water Valves SAVE WATER and SAVE ENERGY! This is the most energy efficient type of recirculating system. It only operates when needed and is a simple DIY installation (no water pump or electrical connections required). Only one manufacturer offers this patented eco- friendly technology: The Hot Water Lobster Instant Hot Water Valve.

    Install a temperature controlled hot water recirculation valve, which provides instant hot water (so water is not wasted down the drain waiting for water to run hot at your faucet or shower). This simple DIY installation (no water pump required) can save an average household up to 17,000 gallons per year. It also saves energy costs and can prevent pipe freezing.

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    What Are Hot Water Recirculating Loops?

    Many people wait for hot water each morning. A similar thing happens when people operate other sinks, dishwashers and washing machines. Fortunately, this problem can be solved one of two ways depending upon how your plumbing system is designed. Keep in mind that the work to achieve your goal is not something the average do-it-yourselfer can tackle.

    Clean water is a valuable natural resource and it should not be wasted. The trouble is, in many localities, water is a very cheap commodity. When prices are low, people tend to waste.

    To get instant hot water as you often find at hotels and other institutions, you need to have a dedicated loop in the piping system that circulates hot water back to the water heater. Most houses do not have a dedicated loop as the hot water pipe typically dead ends at the plumbing fixture that is farthest away from the heater. It is possible to install an effective return loop in single story houses that have a basement or crawl space where the water supply pipes are visible below the floor joists. Two story houses make this task nearly impossible, as the piping system is typically hidden in the walls of the home.

    But, you don’t have to install a dedicated return loop to you plumbing if you choose to use a modern hot water recirculating system. These products employ a nifty temperature adjustable by-pass valve that connects the cold and hot water supply lines at the fixture that is farthest away from the water heater. The bypass valve uses the cold water line as the return loop back to the water heater for faster hot water.

    Not all recirculating systems are the same. One system places the pump under the sink at the farthest fixture. You have to push a button to start the pump. The trouble with this system is that you still have to wait for hot water. What’s more, this pump needs high voltage electric to operate. It can be a huge challenge to install an outlet under a sink.

    Another system runs a remote pump at set times. The trouble with this system is that you will only get instant hot water during set times and you still need to install an electrical outlet for power.

    Perhaps the best hot water recirculating system is one that is thermal convection powered (eco-friendly). The eco-friendly Hot Water Lobster Instant Hot Water Valve has a temperature controlled by-pass valve under the farthest fixture sink and required no electricity to operate (which makes DIY installation easy and fast, not requiring a water pump). There is no water waste with this type of system, and it also minimizes energy waste since it only recirculates water when the hot water at your faucet cools below your desired temperature. This circulation of water can also prevent pipe freezing.

    Install a temperature controlled Hot Water Lobster Instant Hot Water Valve, which provides instant hot water (so water is not wasted down the drain waiting for water to run hot at your faucet or shower). This simple eco friendly DIY installation (no water pump required) can save an average household up to 17,000 gallons per year. It also saves energy costs and can prevent pipe freezing.

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    It’s Easy to Stop Wasting Water!

    Each year, thousands of gallons of wasted water go down the drain in American homes, and with them, thousands of dollars for homeowners, utility companies, and taxpayers.

    A significant amount of this waste occurs when homeowners wait for their water to reach a comfortable temperature before they shower or wash their hands. Why do homeowners have to wait for hot water? In a traditional hot water system, water runs from the water heater to each faucet in the home but ends at the farthest faucet, leaving some water in the pipes to cool. When a homeowner turns on a faucet, the cooled water sitting in the pipes circulates to the faucet first, so the homeowner has to wait for the water to run hot.

    There’s a simple and inexpensive way to eliminate the wait for hot water that will delight your customers and help conserve water. By installing hot water circulation systems for your customers, they can have instant hot water at the faucet. A hot water circulation system sends cooled water back to your water heater through your existing plumbing (your cold water line can be used as a return line), and circulates this water through the water heater as needed to keep it hot. This loop of water back through your water heater ensures that hot water is always available.

    Good hot water circulation systems include these features:

    • An adjustable thermostat: to control the temperature in the return line by automatically opening and closing to keep the temperature of your water at your selected temperature.
    • An all brass valve for a long maintenance-free life.
    • No electrical connections (no water pump required) for an easy, danger-free installation.
    • Install an eco-friendly temperature controlled hot water recirculation valve, which provides instant hot water (so water is not wasted down the drain waiting for water to run hot at your faucet or shower). The eco-friendly Hot Water Lobster Instant Hot Water Valve is a simple DIY installation (no water pump required) and can save an average household up to 17,000 gallons per year. It also saves energy costs and can prevent pipe freezing with faster hot water.
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    America’s Water Shortage Evaluated

    Water is in short supply for many cities, farms and businesses, and will remain so for the foreseeable future. To help promote water saving technology, many major cities are offering substantial rebates!

    Drought conditions and environmental problems are reducing water deliveries to key regions of California. These regions will continue to see shortages even when normal rainfall returns.

    Jobs are being lost in the hardest-hit areas, and growers are leaving thousands of acres unplanted and cutting back production of avocadoes, tomatoes, melons and other crops.

    Population continues to grow, for example 60 million Californians now expected by 2050.

    Climate change is ushering in new uncertainties for our water system, and longer periods of drought are likely in the coming decades.

    These challenges mean we can no longer take a reliable water supply for granted. State and local water managers are working now on long-term solutions, but in the meantime, there is an immediate need for Americans to reduce their water use.

    Conservation is one of the key strategies of a comprehensive solution to water challenges – and it’s something we can all do today.

    For Example: Installing a hot water recirculation valve, which provides instant hot water to your plumbing system (so water is not wasted down the drain waiting for water to run hot at your faucet or shower). The “Hot Water Lobster Instant Hot Water Valve” is a simple DIY installation (no water pump required) and can save an average household up to 17,000 gallons per year. It also saves energy costs and can prevent pipe freezing.

    Install a temperature controlled Hot Water Lobster Instant Hot Water Valve, which provides faster hot water (so water is not wasted down the drain waiting for water to run hot at your faucet or shower). This simple eco-friendly DIY installation (no water pump required) is patented and the only hot water recirculation system that provides the user with complete control of the operational water temperature and how often the water cycles back to you water heater for reheating.

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