Probably a dead thread, as fast as this group moves on, but nevertheless
I'll drop this one, Bob. A couple of years ago we were into a two year
drought and water restrictions were in effect, though you wouldn't know it
by the number of 'boobs' who washed their precious car on a weekly basis.
We placed a basin in our kitchen sink and a 5 gal bucket in the corner. The
pr-hot water was caught and ladled out for various light duty rinsings or
just washing our hands. After it was contaminated it was put into the 5 gal
bucket and used to flush. You have to use your head, of course and not have
a bunch of food and grease laying about becoming rancid and potentially
poisoning someone due to cross contamination. We cut our monthly useage
nearly in half. Of course, most of this was probably the miserly use of the
shower. We got ourselves wet, turned it off, scrubbed down and then rinsed
quickly. No more lazy, luxurious showers. Then the rains came and we were
back to our normally wasteful ways!
Grundfos (www.grundfos.com) has recently introduced a retrofit that
doesn't need a return line, but it's $$$. Essentially a small pump on
a timer at the hot water heater and a thermostatic valve installed
across the fixture supply lines...
Hot Water Savings
The key to hot water savings... eliminate the waiting.
Every second a person spends waiting for hot water at their faucet /
shower, your water heater is taking in "cold" city water. In addition
to the lighting energy used while the person stands there waiting. A
family of four waiting 1 minute for hot water spends around 97.3 hours
every year "waiting". (Four people waiting 4 times per day, 365 days
in a year, divided by 60 for total hrs) Include a lifestyle fudge
factor and reduce it to 72 hours of "very cold" city water filling up
your water heater needlessly. Let's pause for a moment and imagine
having to stand and watch a faucet waste water down the drain for 72
hrs. . . . Or consider a home which waits only 30 seconds.... that's
still 36 hours of watching water run down the drain.
Install a RedyTemp Hot Water Recirculator, no dedicated return line
required, idiot proof 10 minute "self-install".
Behind the timer is a standard 3-prong wall outlet. Simply replace
the timer with "The Clapper" set the clapper to the "away" mode. Now
when the clapper hear's someone in the bathroom it will auto start the
Or consider using the RedyTemp in the On-Demand mode using a wireless
push-button. Simply replace the timer with a "wireless outlet
control" similar to those used by the elderly when they don't want to
get up to turn on/off lamps. Press the wireless remote control from
anywhere in your house (range 100-150ft) for no-wait hot water
throughout your home.
Return on investment estimated at two years for a family of four which
waits an average of one minute for hot water.
Install a tankless water heater for "endless" hot water and a RedyTemp
for "no-wait" hot water.
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