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smart sewage backup device

Sewage backup flood prevention and water leak notification on your device - our products of the month

How to prevent flooding, sewage backup and leaks from appliances with a couple of 'smart' devices.… Preventing flood damage is a hot topic as we are regularly seeing the effects of climate change in the form of extreme weather events and unpredictable weather patterns. Snow melt combined with torrential spring rains...

Exterior compresssor heat pump water heater

Heat pump water heater with exterior compressor

The SANC02 is the first heat pump water heater available in Canada to use outside air for heating water. Great technology, if a little pricey.… There are many manufacturers of heat pump water heaters on the market, which, rather than heating water with an electric coil as a normal electric hot water tank does, emplo...

Milwaukee expander tool for Uponor pex tubing

Plumbing just got faster and easier with the Milwaukee ProPEX expander tool - video

Developed to be used with Uponor pex tubing only, the Milwaukee expander tool will shave tons of time off any plumbing job.… Traditional pex piping is installed by slipping a metal ring over the exterior of the pipe, then slipping a union or any other joint inside and crimping the ring to hold it in place. It works,...

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

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

Heat pump water heaters can help cut your hot water energy consumption by close to one third, particularly when partnered with an air source heat pump.… Heat pump electric hot 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 w...

heat pumps in tandem with heat pump hot water tanks

Increased efficiency with heat pumps working in tandem

A high efficiency mini-split heat pump feeds a heat pump water heater which will take a big bite out of the future energy bill of the Demo House.… Our previous update covered aspects of the building envelope, which allowed us to reduce the annual heating requirement to about the Passive House standard of 15 kWh per ...

Ecodrain greywater recovery unit

A new design in greywater heat recovery

Ecodrain is the first company we've seen to turn greywater heat recovery units on their side, making heat recovery option where it might not have been before.… Sustainable construction is on the move! It seems almost every day a new and innovative product shows up on the market that is more efficient, more effective...

Reduce water consumption with residential grey water recycling systems

Grey water recycling

Recycling grey water is becoming more and more commonplace. It reduces the burden on urban sewage treatment along with protecting a quickly dwindling natural resource.… What is grey water? The term “grey water” refers to all domestic waste water that is drained from sinks, showers, bathtubs and washing machines. ...

The Methane Midden compost water heater that surpassed its goal on kic

Compost pile hot tub water heater

This is a great little video that illustrates how we are surrounded by potential energy, we just have to put a little thought into how to harness it.… We found this video at Whole Systems Design, a New England based company who identify, design, and develop human habitats. In their own words from their website : "We...

Gas powered tankless water heaters

Tankless water heaters

Choosing a water heater - tank or tankless?… Tankless water heaters or instantaneous water heaters are 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-fired as o...

Grey Water Recycling Never Looked Better

Greywater recycling never looked better

Jang Wooseok designed the Eco Bath grey water recycling system to address water conservation in washrooms. Mission accomplished, and elegantly so.… The Eco Bath concept is simple: use the waste water from the sink to flush the adjoining toilet. The execution is nothing less than stylish. Though compact, the Eco Bath...

Water efficient bathroom fixtures

Plumbing & water

Water efficient toilets, compact plumbing design, low-flow fixtures, grey water recovery and rainwater harvesting. There are lots of ways to save water in a home.… Home water consumption in Canada: On average, Canadians use over 300 litres of water per person, per day. Compare this to consumption in the UK of 200...

Advice

Electric Hot Water Heaters - should I install two smaller ones or big one?

Posted by Shaun B June 28, 2019, 2:14 p.m. Hot water 1 Responses

What are the tips to unclog a sink with standing water?

Posted by Laura Tom Jan. 7, 2019, 2:06 a.m. Plumbing and water heaters 1 Responses

Should I be considering 66 or 80 gallon heat pump water heater?

Posted by Greg Anderson Dec. 19, 2018, 5:44 p.m. Plumbing and water heaters 1 Responses

Which type of hot water pipe insulation is best?

Posted by Anonymous Dec. 11, 2017, 2:36 p.m. Plumbing and water heaters 1 Responses

What materials should I use for a small plumbing job?

Posted by Anonymous Nov. 28, 2017, 1:30 p.m. Hot water 1 Responses

What is the optimal setup for mechanical systems for slab on grade?

Posted by Dave Nuttall July 6, 2019, 9:42 a.m. Mechanical systems 1 Responses

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