The Best Hot Water Recirculation System!

The benefits of hot water recirculation are rather obvious. You get nearly instant hot water, which is convenient, and you save a substantial amount of water.

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 your plumbing (piping from the heater to the fixtures and back to the inlet of your heater). This type of recirculation system is wasteful of energy (running continuously). And remember that any system, which requires electricity to operate, makes installation a lot more complicated.

There are ways to reduce the energy loss such as putting the water pump on a timer to reduce the number of hours it runs. The downside to this is that if you want hot water when the system is off, you will still have to wait for hot water and you will still run a lot of water down the drain.

Several manufacturers offer a pushbutton to operate the water pump (also known as “Demand” systems) which do save water, but you still have to wait for hot water (and installation is quite difficult requiring not only electricity to operate the water pump, they often require wiring a pushbutton at each location instant hot water is desired).

The best of all worlds is a new innovative eco-friendly and patented technology known as a “temperature controlled hot water recirculating valve”. The “Hot Water Lobster Instant Hot Water Valve” 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 water pump or any electricity). To save water and save energy, this hot water recirculating systems has a temperature-controlled valve that allows the consumer to easily adjust the temperature to meet their particular needs. There is no water waste as it reduces the energy required to heat your water while it provides faster hot water to your faucets and showers. Installation is a simple DIY project (no pipe cutting, soldering or electrical connections).

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Please Let Me Have Instant Hot Water!

Many people wait for hot water in their shower each morning. A similar thing happens when people operate sinks, dishwashers and washing machines. Fortunately, this problem can be solved one of two ways depending upon how your plumbing system is designed. 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 loop in the plumbing system that circulates hot water back to the water heater. Most houses do not have a loop as the hot water pipe typically dead ends at the plumbing fixture that is farthest away from the heater. It is possible but usually very difficult to install a dedicated return loop in houses because the piping required would typically be hidden in the walls, ceilings and floors of the home.

But, you don’t have to install a dedicated return loop if you choose an innovative eco-friendly and patented technology known as a “temperature controlled hot water recirculating valve”. 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 water pump or any electricity). The “Hot Water Lobster Instant Hot Water Valve” has a temperature-controlled valve that allows the consumer to easily adjust the temperature to meet their particular needs. There is no water waste as it reduces the energy required to heat your water while it provides faster hot water to your faucets and showers. Installation is a simple DIY project (no pipe cutting, soldering or electrical connections).

Not all recirculating systems are the same. Some systems have a pump under the sink requiring you to push a button to start the pump. The trouble with this type 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 uses a timer to activate a pump. The trouble with this system is that it only provides instant hot water at specific times of the day and can fill your entire cold water pipes with hot water (preventing the availability of cold water).

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Will My Water Ever Get Hot?

Every homeowner gets frustrated waiting for hot water — but how many stop to think what happens to the 2-3 gallons of water that runs down the drain during the wait?

Those gallons of water are wasted. In fact the average household can waste over 17,000 gallons of water down the drain while waiting for water to “get hot”. Now multiply that by the number of homes in your community, your state, and your country. That equates to billions of gallons of water wasted!

Conservation issues are rising in importance due to constantly expanding populations and limited resources. Our solution: a Hot Water Lobster Instant Hot Water Valve.

Installing this innovative eco-friendly and patented technology known as a “temperature controlled hot water recirculating valve” to your plumbing 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 water pump or any electricity). These eco friendly hot water recirculating systems have a temperature-controlled valve that allows the consumer to easily adjust the temperature to meet their particular needs. To save hot water and save energy, there is no water waste as it reduces the energy required to heat your water while it provides faster hot water to your faucets and showers for better water conservation.

Reasons to install a Hot Water Lobster Instant Hot Water Valve:

  • Saves thousands of gallons of water by not running it down the drain!
  • Get your hot water faster from your current water heater!
  • Save time, energy and money.
  • Eco-friendly…living a more “green” lifestyle.
  • Prevents pipe freezing.
  • Only $179.99! (Plus Shipping & Handling)
  • 30-day MONEY BACK GUARANTEE
  • 10-Year WARRANTY
  • Brass Valve with Stainless Steel Stem.
  • Easy installation! (no pipe cutting, soldering or electrical connections required and no water pump).
  • Shipped completely assembled with flexible water lines.
  • Works with or without a dedicated hot water return line.
  • When you turn on your faucet you’ve got instant hot water!
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25-SIMPLE STEPS TO CONSERVE WATER

Water conservation has become an essential practice in all regions, even in areas where water seems abundant.

In addition to saving money on your utility bills, water conservation helps prevent water pollution in nearby lakes, rivers and local watersheds. Conserving water can also extend the life of your septic system by reducing soil saturation, and reducing any pollution due to leaks. Overloading municipal sewer systems can also cause untreated sewage to flow to lakes and rivers. The smaller the amount of water flowing through these systems, the lower the likelihood of pollution. In some communities, costly sewage system expansion has been avoided by communitywide household water conservation.

1. Install a temperature controlled hot water recirculation valve to your plumbing

, 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) can save water (an average household up to 17,000 gallons per year). The eco-friendly Hot Water Lobster Instant Hot Water Valve also saves energy costs and can prevent pipe freezing.

2. Don’t use the toilet as an ashtray or wastebasket. Every time you flush a cigarette butt, facial tissue or other small bit of trash, five to seven gallons of water is wasted.

3. Check your toilets for leaks. Put a little food coloring in your toilet tank. If, without flushing, the color begins to appear in the bowl within 30 minutes, you have a leak that should be repaired immediately. Most replacement parts are inexpensive and easy to install.

4. Use your water meter to check for hidden water leaks. Read the house water meter before and after a two-hour period when no water is being used. If the meter does not read exactly the same, there is a leak.

5. Install water-saving shower heads and low-flow faucet aerators. Inexpensive water-saving low-flow shower heads or restrictors are easy for the homeowner to install. Also, long, hot showers can use five to ten gallons every unneeded minute. Limit your showers to the time it takes to soap up, wash down and rinse off. “Low-flow” means it uses less than 2.5 gallons per minute.

Also, all household faucets should be fit with aerators. This single best home water conservation method is also the cheapest!

6. Put plastic bottles or float booster in your toilet tank. To cut down on water waste, put an inch or two of sand or pebbles inside each of two plastic bottles to weigh them down. Fill the bottles with water, screw the lids on, and put them in your toilet tank, safely away from the operating mechanisms. Or, buy an inexpensive tank bank or float booster. This may save ten or more gallons of water per day.

Be sure at least 3 gallons of water remain in the tank so it will flush properly. If there is not enough water to get a proper flush, users will hold the lever down too long or do multiple flushes to get rid of waste. Two flushes at 1.4 gallons is worse than a single 2.0 gallon flush. A better suggestion would be to buy an adjustable toilet flapper that allow for adjustment of their per flush use. Then the user can adjust the flush rate to the minimum per flush setting that achieves a single good flush each time.

For new installations, consider buying “low flush” toilets, which use 1 to 2 gallons per flush instead of the usual 3 to 5 gallons. Replacing an 18 liter per flush toilet with an ultra-low volume (ULV) 6 liter flush model represents a 70% savings in water flushed and will cut indoor water use by about 30%.

7. Insulate your water pipes. It’s easy and inexpensive to insulate your water pipes with pre-slit foam pipe insulation. You’ll get hot water faster plus avoid wasting water while it heats up.

8. Take shorter showers. One way to cut down on water use is to turn off the shower after soaping up, then turn it back on to rinse. A four-minute shower uses approximately 20 to 40 gallons of water.

9. Turn off the water after you wet your toothbrush. There is no need to keep the water running while brushing your teeth. Just wet your brush and fill a glass for mouth rinsing.

10. Rinse your razor in the sink. Fill the sink with a few inches of warm water. This will rinse your razor just as well as running water, with far less waste of water.

11. Use your dishwasher and clothes washer for only full loads. Automatic dishwashers and clothes washers should be fully loaded for optimum water conservation. Most makers of dishwashing soap recommend not pre-rinsing dishes which is a big water savings. With clothes washers, avoid the permanent press cycle, which uses an added 20 liters (5 gallons) for the extra rinse. For partial loads, adjust water levels to match the size of the load. Replace old clothes washers. New Energy Star rated washers use 35 – 50% less water and 50% less energy per load. If you’re in the market for a new clothes washer, consider buying a water-saving frontload washer.

12. Minimize use of kitchen sink garbage disposal units. In-sink garbage disposal units require lots of water to operate properly, and also add considerably to the volume of solids in a septic tank which can lead to maintenance problems. Start a compost pile as an alternate method of disposing food waste.

13. When washing dishes by hand, don’t leave the water running for rinsing

If your have a double-basin, fill one with soapy water and one with rinse water. If you have a single-basin sink, gather washed dishes in a dish rack and rinse them with a spray device or a pan full of hot water. Dual-swivel aerators are available to make this easier. If using a dishwasher, there is usually no need to pre-rinse the dishes.

14. Don’t let the faucet run while you clean vegetables. Just rinse them in a sink or pan of clean water. Use a dual-setting aerator.

15. Keep a bottle of drinking water in the fridge. Running tap water to cool it off for drinking water is wasteful. Store drinking water in the fridge in a safe drinking bottle.

16. Plant drought-resistant lawns, shrubs and plants. If you are planting a new lawn, or over seeding an existing lawn, use drought-resistant grasses. Many beautiful shrubs and plants thrive with far less watering than other species. Replace herbaceous perennial borders with native plants. Native plants will use less water and be more resistant to local plant diseases. Plant slopes with plants that will retain water and help reduce runoff. Group plants according to their watering needs.

17. Put a layer of mulch around trees and plants. Mulch will slow evaporation of moisture while discouraging weed growth. Adding 2 – 4 inches of organic material such as compost or bark mulch will increase the ability of the soil to retain moisture. Press the mulch down around the dripline of each plant to form a slight depression which will prevent or minimize water runoff. For information about different mulch materials and their best use, click here.

18. Don’t water the gutter. Position your sprinklers so water lands on the lawn or garden, not roads and paved areas. Also, avoid watering on windy days.

19. Water your lawn only when it needs it. A good way to see if your lawn needs watering is to step on the grass. If it springs back up when you move, it doesn’t need water. If it stays flat, the lawn is ready for watering. Letting the grass grow taller (to 3″) will also promote water retention in the soil. Most lawns only need about 1″ of water each week. During dry spells, you can stop watering altogether and the lawn will go brown and dormant. Once cooler weather arrives, the morning dew and rainfall will bring the lawn back to its usual vigor. This may result in a brown summer lawn, but it saves a lot of water.

20. Deep-soak your lawn. When watering the lawn, do it long enough for the moisture to soak down to the roots where it will do the most good. A light sprinkling can evaporate quickly and tends to encourage shallow root systems. Put an empty tuna can on your lawn – when it’s full, you’ve watered about the right amount. Visit our natural lawn care page for more information.

21. Water during the early parts of the day; avoid watering when it’s windy

Early morning is generally better than dusk since it helps prevent the growth of fungus. Early watering, and late watering, also reduce water loss to evaporation. Watering early in the day is also the best defence against slugs and other garden pests. Try not to water when it’s windy – wind can blow sprinklers off target and speed evaporation.

22. Add organic matter and use efficient watering systems for shrubs, flower beds and lawns. Adding organic material to your soil will help increase its absorption and water retention. Areas which are already planted can be ‘top dressed’ with compost or organic matter.

You can greatly reduce the amount of water used for shrubs, beds and lawns by:

– the strategic placement of soaker hoses

– installing a rain barrel water catchment system

– installing a simple drip-irrigation system

Avoid over-watering plants and shrubs, as this can actually diminish plant health and cause yellowing of the leaves. When hand watering, use a variable spray nozzle for targeted watering.

23. Don’t run the hose while washing your car. Clean the car using a pail of soapy water. Use the hose only for rinsing – this simple practice can save as much as 150 gallons when washing a car. Use a spray nozzle when rinsing for more efficient use of water.

24. Use a broom, not a hose, to clean driveways and sidewalks

25. Check for leaks in pipes, hoses, faucets and couplings. A small drip from a worn faucet washer can waste 20 gallons of water per day. Larger leaks can waste hundreds of gallons. Leaks outside the house may not seem as bad since they’re not as visible. But they can be just as wasteful as leaks indoors. Check frequently to keep them drip-free. Use hose washers at spigots and hose connections to eliminate leaks.

Water conservation comes naturally when everyone in the family is aware of its importance, and parents take the time to teach children some of the simple water-saving methods around the home, which can make a big difference.

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Special Devices For Getting Faster Hot Water!

People often think they are just wasting time waiting for hot water. Actually, they are also wasting a substantial amount of energy and water down the drain while they are waiting. In many parts of the country, fresh water is a precious resource.

If you are remodeling, run a larger hot water supply pipe directly to the bathroom. Existing hot water plumbing can sometime snake throughout the house before reaching a bathroom that is not actually very far from the water heater. A new pipe can also improve efficiency because you can wrap it with heavy insulation.

Another option is installing a special rapid-hot-water kit. The three basic types are a demand system, a timer system and a temperature controlled system. All three types eliminate any wasted water. The demand systems will still require a short delay (perhaps 10-20 seconds) to get the hot water to the faucet and require electrical connections. The timer system totally eliminates the wait during the timed cycles, but it consumes more energy and requires electrical connections.

Post construction units use a crossover valve between the hot and cold water supply pipes under the bathroom sink. When you want hot water, hot water from the water heater moves through the existing hot water pipes.

Instead of opening your faucet and allowing the cooled water to be wasted down the drain, it flows through the crossover valve into the cold pipe and returns to the water heater for reheating.

A demand system starts a high-volume pump when you push a button near the pump, so it runs only when you actually need hot water (only at that sink). Remote buttons can be installed in other bathrooms, laundry room, etc, but require extensive wiring.

A timer system runs a low-volume pump when the timer tells it to, usually in the morning. The pump runs only during the “on-time” setting on the timer, but only provides instant hot water when the pump is running.

Temperature controlled systems only allow hot water to circulate when the water temperature drops below the adjustable temperature setting (which provides faster hot water whenever you need it and can prevent pipe freezing), is all mechanical and requires no electrical connections for an easy installation.

One such temperature controlled system that is a simple eco-friendly DIY installation is the “Hot Water Lobster Instant Hot Water Valve”.

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Excellent Water Saving and Energy Saving Tips for Your Home

(not listed in any particular order)

1. Never put water down the drain when there may be another use for it such as watering a plant or garden, or cleaning.

2. Verify that your home is leak-free, because many homes have hidden water leaks. Read your water meter before and after a two-hour period when no water is being used. If the meter does not read exactly the same, there is a leak.

3. Repair dripping faucets by replacing washers. If your faucet is dripping at the rate of one drop per second, you can expect to waste 2,700 gallons per year which will add to the cost of water and sewer utilities, or strain your septic system.

4. Check for toilet tank leaks by adding food coloring to the tank. If the toilet is leaking, color will appear within 30 minutes. Check the toilet for worn out, corroded or bent parts. Most replacement parts are inexpensive, readily available and easily installed. (Flush as soon as test is done, since food coloring may stain tank.)

5. Avoid flushing the toilet unnecessarily. Dispose of tissues, insects and other such waste in the trash rather than the toilet.

6. Take shorter showers. Replace you showerhead with an ultra-low-flow version. Some units are available that allow you to cut off the flow without adjusting the water temperature knobs.

7. Use the minimum amount of water needed for a bath by closing the drain first and filling the tub only 1/3 full. Stopper tub before turning water. The initial burst of cold water can be warmed by adding hot water later.

8. Don’t let water run while shaving or washing your face. Brush your teeth first while waiting for water to get hot, then wash or shave after filling the basin.

9. Retrofit all wasteful household faucets by installing aerators with flow restrictors.

10. Operate automatic dishwashers and clothes washers only when they are fully loaded or properly set the water level for the size of load you are using.

11. When washing dishes by hand, fill one sink or basin with soapy water. Quickly rinse under a slow-moving stream from the faucet.

12. Store drinking water in the refrigerator rather than letting the tap run every time you want a cool glass of water.

13. Do not use running water to thaw meat or other frozen foods. Defrost food overnight in the refrigerator or by using the defrost setting on your microwave.

14. Kitchen sink disposals require lots of water to operate properly. Start a compost pile as an alternate method of disposing food waste instead of using a garbage disposal. Garbage disposals also can add 50% to the volume of solids in a septic tank which can lead to malfunctions and maintenance problems.

15. Consider installing an instant water heater on your kitchen sink so you don’t have to let the water run while it heats up. This will reduce heating costs for your household.

16. Insulate your water pipes. You’ll get hot water faster plus avoid wasting water while it heats up.

17. Never install a water-to-air heat pump or air-conditioning system. Air-to-air models are just as efficient and do not waste water.

18. Install water softening systems only when necessary. Save water and salt by running the minimum amount of regenerations necessary to maintain water softness. Turn softeners off while on vacation.

19. Check your pump. If you have a well at your home, listen to see if the pump kicks on and off while the water is not in use. If it does, you have a leak.

20. When adjusting water temperatures, instead of turning water flow up, try turning it down. If the water is too hot or cold, turn the offender down rather than increasing water flow to balance the temperatures.

21. If the toilet flush handle frequently sticks in the flush position, letting water run constantly, replace or adjust it.

22. Don’t over water your lawn. As a general rule, lawns only need watering every 5 to 7 days in the summer and every 10 to 14 days in the winter. A hearty rain eliminates the need for watering for as long as two weeks. Plant it smart, Xeriscape. Xeriscape landscaping is a great way to design, install and maintain both your plantings and irrigation system that will save you time, money and water. For your free copy of “Plant it Smart,” an easy-to-use guide to Xeriscape landscaping, contact your Water Management District.

23. Water lawns during the early morning hours when temperatures and wind speed are the lowest. This reduces losses from evaporation.

24. Don’t water your street, driveway or sidewalk. Position your sprinklers so that your water lands on the lawn and shrubs … not the paved areas.

25. Install sprinklers that are the most water-efficient for each use. Micro and drip irrigation and soaker hoses are examples of water-efficient methods of irrigation.

26. Regularly check sprinkler systems and timing devices to be sure they are operating properly. It is now the law that “anyone who purchases and installs an automatic lawn sprinkler system MUST install a rain sensor device or switch which will override the irrigation cycle of the sprinkler system when adequate rainfall has occurred.” To retrofit your existing system, contact an irrigation professional for more information.

27. Raise the lawn mower blade to at least three inches. A lawn cut higher encourages grass roots to grow deeper, shades the root system and holds soil moisture better than a closely-clipped lawn.

28. Avoid over fertilizing your lawn. The application of fertilizers increases the need for water. Apply fertilizers which contain slow-release, water-insoluble forms of nitrogen.

29. Mulch to retain moisture in the soil. Mulching also helps to control weeds that compete with plants for water.

30. Plant native and/or drought-tolerant grasses, ground covers, shrubs and trees. Once established, they do not need to be watered as frequently and they usually will survive a dry period without any watering. Group plans together based on similar water needs.

31. Do not hose down your driveway or sidewalk. Use a broom to clean leaves and other debris from these areas. Using a hose to clean a driveway can waste hundreds of gallons of water.

32. Outfit your hose with a shut-off nozzle which can be adjusted down to fine spray so that water flows only as needed. When finished, “Turn it Off” at the faucet instead of at the nozzle to avoid leaks.

33. Use hose washers between spigots and water hoses to eliminate leaks.

34. Do not leave sprinklers or hoses unattended. Your garden hoses can pour out 600 gallons or more in only a few hours, so don’t leave the sprinkler running all day. Use a kitchen timer to remind yourself to turn it off.

35. Check all hoses, connectors and spigots regularly.

36. Consider using a commercial car wash that recycles water. If you wash your own car, park on the grass to do so.

37. Avoid the installation of ornamental water features (such as fountains) unless the water is recycled. Locate where there are mineral losses due to evaporation and wind drift.

38. If you have a swimming pool, consider a new water-saving pool filter. A single back flushing with a traditional filter uses about l80 to 250 gallons of water.

39. Create an awareness of the need for water conservation among your children. Avoid the purchase of recreational water toys which require a constant stream of water.

40. Be aware of and follow all water conservation and water shortage rules and restrictions which may be in effect in your area.

41. Encourage your employer to promote water conservation at the workplace. Suggest that water conservation be put in the employee orientation manual and training program.

42. Patronize businesses which practice and promote water conservation.

43. Report all significant water losses (broken pipes, open hydrants, errant sprinklers, abandoned free-flowing wells, etc.) to the property owner, local authorities or your Water Management District.

44. Encourage your school system and local government to help develop and promote a water conservation ethic among children and adults.

45. Support projects that will lead to an increased use of reclaimed waste water for irrigation and other uses.

46. Support efforts and programs to create a concern for water conservation among tourists and visitors to our state. Make sure your visitors understand the need for, and benefits of, water conservation.

47. Encourage your friends and neighbors to be part of a water conscious community. Promote water conservation in community newsletters, on bulletin boards and by example.

48. Conserve water because it is the right thing to do. Don’t waste water just because someone else is footing the bill such as when you are staying at a hotel.

49. Try to do one thing each day that will result in a savings of water. Don’t worry if the savings is minimal. Every drop counts. And every person can make a difference. So tell your friends, neighbors and co-workers to “Turn it Off” and “Keep it Off”.

50. For faster hot water install a temperature controlled hot water recirculation valve which provides instant hot water to your plumbing (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 that can save hot water (an average household can save up to 17,000 gallons per year). It also saves energy costs and can prevent pipe freezing.

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Today’s Challenges in America’s Water Supply

Water is in short supply for many cities, farms and businesses, and will remain so for the foreseeable future.

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.

The state’s population continues to grow, with 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 Californians to reduce their water use.

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

For Example: Installing a hot water recirculation valve in your plumbing, 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 can save an average household up to 17,000 gallons per year. This eco friendly device also saves energy costs and can prevent pipe freezing.

Install an eco-friendly temperature controlled hot water recirculation 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). The “Hot Water Lobster Instant Hot Water Valve” is a simple DIY installation, which 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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Are You Wasting Thousands of Gallons of Water Every Month?

Each month, 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 plumbing systems, 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 recirculation systems for your customers, they can have instant hot water at the faucet. A hot water recirculation system sends cool water in the pipes back to the water heater through a return line (your cold water line can also be used as a return line), and circulating this water through the water heater as needed to keep it hot. This continuous loop of water through the 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 for an eco friendly, easy, danger-free installation.

Install an eco-friendly, 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 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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50 Eco-Friendly Ways To Save Water In Your Home

(not listed in any particular order)

1. Never put water down the drain when there may be another use for it such as watering a plant or garden, or cleaning.

2. Verify that your home is leak-free, because many homes have hidden water leaks. Read your water meter before and after a two-hour period when no water is being used. If the meter does not read exactly the same, there is a leak.

3. Repair dripping faucets by replacing washers. If your faucet is dripping at the rate of one drop per second, you can expect to waste 2,700 gallons per year which will add to the cost of water and sewer utilities, or strain your septic system.

4. Check for toilet tank leaks by adding food coloring to the tank. If the toilet is leaking, color will appear within 30 minutes. Check the toilet for worn out, corroded or bent parts. Most replacement parts are inexpensive, readily available and easily installed. (Flush as soon as test is done, since food coloring may stain tank.)

5. Avoid flushing the toilet unnecessarily. Dispose of tissues, insects and other such waste in the trash rather than the toilet.

6. Take shorter showers. Replace you showerhead with an ultra-low-flow version. Some units are available that allow you to cut off the flow without adjusting the water temperature knobs.

7. Use the minimum amount of water needed for a bath by closing the drain first and filling the tub only 1/3 full. Stopper tub before turning water. The initial burst of cold water can be warmed by adding hot water later.

8. Don’t let water run while shaving or washing your face. Brush your teeth first while waiting for water to get hot, then wash or shave after filling the basin.

9. Retrofit all wasteful household faucets by installing aerators with flow restrictors.

10. Operate automatic dishwashers and clothes washers only when they are fully loaded or properly set the water level for the size of load you are using.

11. When washing dishes by hand, fill one sink or basin with soapy water. Quickly rinse under a slow-moving stream from the faucet.

12. Store drinking water in the refrigerator rather than letting the tap run every time you want a cool glass of water.

13. Do not use running water to thaw meat or other frozen foods. Defrost food overnight in the refrigerator or by using the defrost setting on your microwave.

14. Kitchen sink disposals require lots of water to operate properly. Start a compost pile as an alternate method of disposing food waste instead of using a garbage disposal. Garbage disposals also can add 50% to the volume of solids in a septic tank which can lead to malfunctions and maintenance problems.

15. Consider installing an instant water heater on your kitchen sink so you don’t have to let the water run while it heats up. This will reduce heating costs for your household.

16. Insulate your water pipes. You’ll get hot water faster plus avoid wasting water while it heats up.

17. Never install a water-to-air heat pump or air-conditioning system. Air-to-air models are just as efficient and do not waste water.

18. Install water softening systems only when necessary. Save water and salt by running the minimum amount of regenerations necessary to maintain water softness. Turn softeners off while on vacation.

19. Check your pump. If you have a well at your home, listen to see if the pump kicks on and off while the water is not in use. If it does, you have a leak.

20. When adjusting water temperatures, instead of turning water flow up, try turning it down. If the water is too hot or cold, turn the offender down rather than increasing water flow to balance the temperatures.

21. If the toilet flush handle frequently sticks in the flush position, letting water run constantly, replace or adjust it.

22. Don’t over water your lawn. As a general rule, lawns only need watering every 5 to 7 days in the summer and every 10 to 14 days in the winter. A hearty rain eliminates the need for watering for as long as two weeks.

23. Water lawns during the early morning hours when temperatures and wind speed are the lowest. This reduces losses from evaporation.

24. Don’t water your street, driveway or sidewalk. Position your sprinklers so that your water lands on the lawn and shrubs … not the paved areas.

25. Install sprinklers that are the most water-efficient for each use. Micro and drip irrigation and soaker hoses are examples of water-efficient methods of irrigation.

26. Regularly check sprinkler systems and timing devices to be sure they are operating properly. It is now the law that “anyone who purchases and installs an automatic lawn sprinkler system MUST install a rain sensor device or switch which will override the irrigation cycle of the sprinkler system when adequate rainfall has occurred.” To retrofit your existing system, contact an irrigation professional for more information.

27. Raise the lawn mower blade to at least three inches. A lawn cut higher encourages grass roots to grow deeper, shades the root system and holds soil moisture better than a closely-clipped lawn.

28. Avoid over fertilizing your lawn. The application of fertilizers increases the need for water. Apply fertilizers which contain slow-release, water-insoluble forms of nitrogen.

29. Mulch to retain moisture in the soil. Mulching also helps to control weeds that compete with plants for water.

30. Plant native and/or drought-tolerant grasses, ground covers, shrubs and trees. Once established, they do not need to be watered as frequently and they usually will survive a dry period without any watering. Group plans together based on similar water needs.

31. Do not hose down your driveway or sidewalk. Use a broom to clean leaves and other debris from these areas. Using a hose to clean a driveway can waste hundreds of gallons of water.

32. Outfit your hose with a shut-off nozzle which can be adjusted down to fine spray so that water flows only as needed. When finished, “Turn it Off” at the faucet instead of at the nozzle to avoid leaks.

33. Use hose washers between spigots and water hoses to eliminate leaks.

34. Do not leave sprinklers or hoses unattended. Your garden hoses can pour out 600 gallons or more in only a few hours, so don’t leave the sprinkler running all day. Use a kitchen timer to remind yourself to turn it off.

35. Check all hoses, connectors and spigots regularly.

36. Consider using a commercial car wash that recycles water. If you wash your own car, park on the grass to do so.

37. Avoid the installation of ornamental water features (such as fountains) unless the water is recycled. Locate where there are mineral losses due to evaporation and wind drift.

38. If you have a swimming pool, consider a new water-saving pool filter. A single back flushing with a traditional filter uses about l80 to 250 gallons of water.

39. Create an awareness of the need for water conservation among your children. Avoid the purchase of recreational water toys which require a constant stream of water.

40. Be aware of and follow all water conservation and water shortage rules and restrictions which may be in effect in your area.

41. Encourage your employer to promote water conservation at the workplace. Suggest that water conservation be put in the employee orientation manual and training program.

42. Patronize businesses which practice and promote water conservation.

43. Report all significant water losses (broken pipes, open hydrants, errant sprinklers, abandoned free-flowing wells, etc.) to the property owner, local authorities or your Water Management District.

44. Encourage your school system and local government to help develop and promote a water conservation ethic among children and adults.

45. Support projects that will lead to an increased use of reclaimed waste water for irrigation and other uses.

46. Support efforts and programs to create a concern for water conservation among tourists and visitors to our state. Make sure your visitors understand the need for, and benefits of, water conservation.

47. Encourage your friends and neighbors to be part of a water conscious community. Promote water conservation in community newsletters, on bulletin boards and by example.

48. Conserve water because it is the right thing to do. Don’t waste water just because someone else is footing the bill such as when you are staying at a hotel.

49. Try to do one thing each day that will result in a savings of water. Don’t worry if the savings is minimal. Every drop counts. And every person can make a difference. So tell your friends, neighbors and co-workers to “Turn it Off” and “Keep it Off”.

50. Install an eco-friendly temperature controlled hot water recirculation valve to your pluming. The “Hot Water Lobster Instant Not Water Valve” provides faster hot water (so water is not wasted down the drain waiting for water to run hot at your faucet or shower) and also prevents pipe freezing. Save hot water with this simple DIY installation (an average household can save up to 17,000 gallons per year). It also saves energy.

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How To Prevent Pipes From Freezing The Easy Way.

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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