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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WATER AND ENERGY CONSERVATION SIMPLIFIED

Water conservation is the most cost-effective and environmentally sound way to reduce our demand for water. This stretches our supplies farther, and protects our precious oceans, lakes and rivers. For example, the city of Los Angeles has grown by 1 million people since the 1970s, but still uses the same amount of water. Using less water also puts less pressure on our sewage treatment facilities, and uses less energy for water heating.

Saving water also saves energy. 6.5% of the energy used in the state of California is for pumping and treating water–in fact, pumping water accounts for 2-3% of all the electricity used in most states. And for your personal energy bill, using less hot water saves on water heating. On the flip side, saving energy and using alternative energy saves water–electricity production from fossil fuels and nuclear energy is responsible for 39% of all freshwater withdrawals in the nation.

One of the most cost effective ways to conserve water in to 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 (no water pump required) can save an average household up to 17,000 gallons per year. It also saves energy costs by reheating warm water instead of ground temperature water.

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) provides faster hot water 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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Water Saving Products With the Best Return

(not listed in any particular order)

  • Washer-less Faucets: Replacing your “old style” rubber washer sealed valve with a washer-less type valve means never having to change a leaky rubber washer again.
  • Sensor Faucets: Replacing your manually operated faucets with an infra-red no-touch sensor type faucet, insures water will only flow when the faucet in use.
  • Waterless Urinals: Replacing water-flush urinals with a waterless urinal that use liquid sealant lighter than water and uses gravity to wash urine over the trap and down the drain rather than water can save thousands of gallon of water each month.
  • Hot Water Recirculation Valves: Installing an eco-friendly 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 DIY installation (no water pump required) can save an average household up to 17,000 gallons per year. Faster hot water also saves energy costs and can prevent pipe freezing.
  • Electronic Leak Detection: Installing leak detection and monitoring systems throughout the plumbing system can continuously monitor leaks and water usage to evaluate ways to economize water usage.
  • Temperature Activated Shower Nozzles: Installing temperature activated shower nozzle technology will slow the water flow to a trickle when your away from the shower and the water temperature reaches a comfortable 95 degrees. Now, your hot water isn’t running down the drain while you’re away from the shower.
  • 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 DIY plumbing 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.
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