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Heat pump hot water heaters, why they're a good idea
Plumbing and water heaters

How heat pump hot water heaters work and why you should get one

...water heaters, good or bad idea? Water heaters are generally the biggest energy drain in a home after heating . so Air-to-water heat pump water heaters are potentially a big energy saver, particularly when the main heat source in a home is an air source heat pump, as the water heater can in effect 'borrow' the effici...

Gas powered tankless water heaters
Plumbing and water heaters

Are tankless water heaters good?

...water heaters , on demand water heaters and instantaneous water heaters are different names for the same thing - domestic hot water systems that do not include the storage tank that comes with traditional water heaters. This type of water heating system can be advantageous in some climates, provided they use gas-fire...

Water efficiency
Plumbing and water heaters

How to save money on your hot water bills!

...water recovery systems offer a good return on investment. Tankless water heaters Tankless water heaters © Ecohome Tankless or ‘on demand’ water heaters are small units that fit easily in kitchen and bathroom cabinets . Fed with cold water, these gas or electric heaters give you instant hot water, so you elimi...

How to fix noisy baseboard heaters
Heating and cooling

Fixing noisy baseboard heaters, How to stop that clicking easily !

...heaters online , with centrally-controlled electronic thermostats. If multiple baseboard heaters need to be changed, or if in an older home with high energy needs and a diesel powered heating fuel boiler and noisy water heated baseboard heaters, it might be time to carry out an energy audit and have a rethink. Then...

Net Zero Energy homes Edmonton Alberta
Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

Net Zero Energy house in Edmonton, Alberta

...Energy homes that produce as much energy throughout the year as they consume. Net Zero Energy home © Effect Home Builders Technology in the Three Belgravia Green Homes: Advanced wall systems: Different wall systems combined with various technologies are being used to demonstrate diverse ...

Exterior compresssor heat pump water heater
Plumbing and water heaters

Heat pump water heater with exterior compressor

...water heaters on the market, which, rather than heating water with an electric coil as a normal electric hot water tank does, employ an evaporator to extract heat from the air (either interior or exterior) and use it to make hot water. The byproduct of an air-to-water heat pump after it extracts heat is cold air, so ...

Kitchen and Bathroom design tips
Kitchens

Design ideas for durable kitchens and bathrooms

...water running, washing dishes by hand uses less water and energy. Refrigerators and freezers run almost continuously, so it's very important that they are efficient (Energy Star) and are operated efficientlyas well. They run best with room left for airflow around the sides and back, but also when they are nicely fill...

Electric Heaters - is heating with electric an eco-friendly option?
Heating with electricity

Heating with electricity

...efficient and ecologically responsible means to heat a home should include the initial electricity production as well. Burning fossil fuels to fire electric power generation is only around 30-60% efficient. There is also significant loss from transmission lines, so the overall energy efficiency of electric heat varies ...

Reducing the need for air conditioning
Heating and cooling

How to keep homes cool without air conditioning

...water heaters help cool a home as they extract heat from the air to generate hot water . Rather than shooting hot air at your neighbours house, a heat pump water heater converts heat in the air into hot water, and the result is that it expels cool air. We think this is a very cool idea (no pun intended) for cooling a h...

Photovoltaic solar panels
Renewable energy

Solar heating and energy generation

...energy production essentially a noble, yet unprofitable undertaking for homeowners. Regardless of financial returns though, any home renewable energy system is clean energy and will reduce the demand on our energy infrastructure, and consequently emissions. Passive solar heating Passive solar heating is the conce...

Solar thermal collectors

All about solar thermal collectors

...water directly, the requirement of glycol as a heat transfer fluid and the problems that it brings with it are a big part of why you don’t see more such systems in Canada. For more on Solar Water Heaters, read about EcoHome's new concept home with a solar air heated radiant floor that delivers solar heated water in t...