Q&A - Comfort and energy efficiency balance

Happy 2017 to all of you! I'm excited to see what this year brings for our project. Each year brings with it new opportunities to learn, grow, and enjoy each other's company. I hope that you all find fulfillment in your relationships and work experiences, and that you get some good takeaways from the upcoming portions of this project that I will cover in this blog.

My New Years story for this year probably isn't that exciting. I started off the new year fiddling with the thermostat at the temporary saltbox cottage where my wife and I are staying while we build our new home. Between you and I, nothing is more of a downer for me than having to get up every fifteen minutes to change the temperature on the thermostat.

For this year, my New Year's resolution is to not spend a fortune to heat and cool my home using a system that leaves me feeling too cold or too warm. Help me accomplish my goal by responding to this week's Q&A and help our audience learn from one another!

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  • Dave Sweet
    Hi Gene,

    I couldn’t agree with you more completely. A quality instant hot water heater enhancement has the potential to save the average homeowner up to 12,000 gallons of water per year. Through my research I’ve discovered that it’s not only eco-friendly, but can make a significant dent in my utility bills. I will most likely install a Taco HotLink system in my new home so that I can have hot water when I need it and put a smile on people’s faces!
  • Gene DeJoannis
    A wonderful addition to any home is instant hot water in the bathrooms. In a new house this can be done by adding a 3rd line to the plumbing to recirculate cooled hot water from the faucet back to the water heater. In existing homes there are kits that use the cold water line to recirculate the cooled hot water back to the water heater. In this case you give up instant COLD water, but we find we don’t really want much cold water in our bathrooms. We have found that the special recirc valves that enable this recirculation will work even without a pump if the bathroom is above the water heater and not too distant horizontally. Its a great luxury and it avoids wasting water waiting for the hot to reach your faucet.