Everything You Wanted to Know about Water Heaters

Great graphic from the U.S. Department of Energy detailing everything you want to know about water heaters.

 

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Tips for Saving Money on Your Water Bill

Did you know that if you can reduce your water bill by just $25 each month you’ll have an extra $300 in your pocket at the end of the year?

U.S. News & World Report offers a list of six easy ways that any household can save money on their monthly water bill.  These include:

1.  Store Cold Water in the Fridge
Rather than running the tap for the water to cool, fill a pitcher and keep it in the refrigerator for when you want a glass of cold water.

2. Take Shorter Showers
If you reduce shower time by 4 minutes, you save nearly 4,000 gallons per year.

3. Don’t Let the Water Run when Shaving or Brushing Your Teeth
This mistake is a complete waste of water and you’ll see money you can save literally going down the drain!

4. Install a Low-Flow Shower Head
You can reduce water used in the shower by as much as 50 percent with a low-flow shower head.

5. Run Full Loads of Dishes & Laundry
Running these appliances only when full reduces the number of times that you’ll need to run them.

6. Don’t Hand-Wash Dishes
YOu will use 1/6 less water by running a full load in the dishwasher.

To read the full article at U.S. News & World Report, click here.

Energy Saver Guide

  • Install a programmable thermostat to lower utility bills and manage your heating and cooling systems efficiently.
  • Air dry dishes instead of using your dishwasher’s drying cycle.
  • Turn things off when you are not in the room such as lights, TVs, entertainment systems, and your computer and monitor.
  • Plug home electronics, such as TVs and DVD players, into power strips; turn the power strips off when the equipment is not in use — TVs and DVDs in standby mode still use several watts of power.
  • Lower the thermostat on your water heater to 120°F.
  • Take short showers instead of baths and use low-flow showerheads for additional energy savings.
  • Wash only full loads of dishes and clothes.
  • Air dry clothes.
  • Check to see that windows and doors are closed when heating or cooling your home.
  • Drive sensibly; aggressive driving such as speeding, and rapid acceleration and braking, wastes fuel.
  • Look for the ENERGY STAR® label on light bulbs, home appliances, electronics, and other products. ENERGY STAR products meet strict efficiency guidelines set by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy.

Read more from the US Department of Energy.

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A Brief History of Air Conditioning

1758 All liquid evaporation has a cooling effect. Benjamin “I invented everything” Franklin and Cambridge University professor John Hadley discover that evaporation of alcohol and other volatile liquids, which evaporate faster than water, can cool down an object enough to freeze water.

1820 Inventor Michael Faraday makes the same discovery in England when he compresses and liquifies ammonia.

1830s At the Florida hospital where he works, Dr. John Gorrie builds an ice-making machine that uses compression to make buckets of ice and then blows air over them. He patents the idea in 1851, imagining his invention cooling buildings all over the world. But without any financial backing, his dream melts away.

1881 After an assassin shoots President James Garfield on July 2, naval engineers build a boxy makeshift cooling unit to keep him cool and comfortable. The device is filled with water-soaked cloth and a fan blows hot air overhead and keeps cool air closer to the ground. The good news: This device can lower room temperature by up to 20 F. The bad news: It uses a half-million pounds of ice in two months… and President Garfield still dies.

1902 Willis Carrier invents the Apparatus for Treating Air for the Sackett-Wilhelms Lithographing and Publishing Co. in Brooklyn, N.Y. The machine blows air over cold coils to control room temperature and humidity, keeping paper from wrinkling and ink aligned. Finding that other factories want to get in on the cooling action, Carrier establishes the Carrier Air Conditioning Company of America.

Click here to read more about the history of Air Conditioning.