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Water efficient bathroom fixtures
Plumbing and water heaters

Plumbing & water

...Water plants with the water from dehumidifiers or leftover water in drinking glasses if you can, and make sure your dishwasher and washing machine are full before you run them. If we simply look at water and see its true value, these won’t seem like big sacrifices to make. Rainwater collection: For watering gardens...

Water efficient Boulevard FloWise toilet from American Standard
Bathrooms

Efficient toilets for LEED homes

...water use of a home , so toilets that carry the EPA WaterSense® label are a great place to start looking. Then comes the choice of either single flush or dual flush- it's a bit of a toss up but in the end we chose to go with single flush models, because when human nature is factored in you aren’t always guaranteed to s...

Grey water and heat recovery shower
Bathrooms

EcoVéa: recycled and cleaned shower water

...water and energy savings: "A conventional 10-minute shower generally consume around 95 liters of water. Thanks to the EcoVéa, this consumption can be reduced to only 32 liters, wich is an economy of 66%. An extended shower would only have a marginal impact on the extra amount of water necessary, increasing the saving...

Reduce water consumption with residential gray water recycling systems
Plumbing and water heaters

Gray water recycling

...water? Or indeed grey water! The term “gray water” refers to all domestic waste water that is drained from sinks, showers, bathtubs and washing machines. While gray water can be reused, water from kitchen sinks or dishwashers is generally not recycled as it contains substantial amounts of grease and organic matter. W...

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

...efficient than most other heat sources. See here for an article on how heat pumps work . An air-to-water heat pump water heater uses the air in the house to generate hot water, so the more efficient the air heating system is, the more efficient the hot water heater will be. That's why you get the most out of it when ...

Water efficiency
Plumbing and water heaters

How to save money on your hot water bills!

...water heat recovery Grey water heat recovery drain pipe © Ecohome Grey water heat recovery is a system that runs your hot water intake through thin copper pipes wrapped around your shower drain, so the water feeding your hot water tank is preheated by the hot water going down the drain. The model shown above wi...

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...

Drumi the foot pedalled washing machine that makes laundry off-grid oh
Renewable energy

This foot pedalled washing machine doesn't need electricity and uses very little water.

...water per load, not to mention its ability to eat up electricity. An efficient Energy Star machine can cut water usage to about 49 litres per load and significantly cut energy usage, but this, the Drumi, will not only wash your clothes without using electricty, it also uses as little as 10 litres of water per load. Thi...

Are low-flow shower heads worth the money?
Bathrooms

Are low-flow shower heads worth the money?

...water heat recovery Drain water heat recovery: Before entering your water heater, the cold water feed goes through thin copper pipes wrapped around the drain. Heat from the draining water therefore warms the incoming water before it enters the water heater. This is another big money and energy saver worth the inves...

Hydraloop gray water recovery and treatment systems
Greywater Recycling

At last, a compact & easy to maintain solution for gray water recycling & treatment - the Hydraloop

...water savings when recycling gray water with a Hydraloop system What can recycled gray water be used for? First, we should distinguish what graywater or grey water is. Graywater refers to waste water from showers, bathroom sinks and laundry, but not kitchen sinks or toilets. That’s known as "black" water and ther...

heat pumps in tandem with heat pump hot water tanks
Hot water

Increased efficiency with heat pumps working in tandem

...efficient than a standard electric baseboard heater that offers you only a 1 to 1 ratio. The Voltex water heater from AO Smith is an air-to-water heat pump which extracts heat from the air to generate hot water, so in the winter that 3 to 1 heating ratio of the first heat pump is transferred to the water heater. And ...