Water / Guides

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...

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...

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...

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...

Permeable interlock pavers & paving stones
Permeable laneways and patios

Water-permeable landscaping surfaces

...water permeable, then it won't be - you guessed it - water permeable. Interlocking paver stones will often have sand in the joints with an additional polymer to prevent weed growth, but that amounts to waterproofing the joints. If weeds can't come up then water can't seep down. To maintain permeability at this point,...

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 ...

Radon in Homes - Mitigation

Removing radon gas from well water

...water with high levels of radon was left undisturbed, there wouldn't be much gas escaping until you break the surface tension of the water. It is the spraying action of showers and aerators on faucets that allows the gas to escape from the water. Aeration to remove radon from water: Traditionally, radon would be ae...

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...

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...

the installation of a LucidPipe power generator via Lucid Energy
Micro-hydroelectric

Portland, Oregon will Soon Generate Hydroelectric Power in Water Pipes Under City Streets.

...water utility's assistant general manager, the turbine has worked "flawlessly" and generates enough power to run 14 miles of city street lights. The city of Portland, Oregon is hoping that the generation of power within the water system will alleviate some of the growing costs the city has seen in its delivery of wat...

Outdoor solar shower
Solar thermal collectors

DIY solar hot water shower for the great outdoors

...water system. Use it to build the outdoor shower of your dreams, to add a sink with warm water to your outhouse, or for both. Check out the step-by-step DIY solar shower instructions on the Endeavour Centre website.