May 9, 2009–Today’s Way: Did you know that, on average, the American home wastes anywhere between 12,000 and 16,000 (yep, those are thousands) of gallons of fresh water every single year, just waiting for hot water?  You know the drill—you turn on the faucet, and depending on how far your water heater is located from the faucet you are attempting to use, you can wait minutes for the hot water to find you.  Luckily, there is a brilliant solution: Tankless water heaters (they’re also called On-Demand Water Heaters and Instant Water Heaters).  An on-demand unit is activated when you turn on the “hot” water on your faucet, and instantly sets about turning up the heat on your incoming water through  a series of tubes and heating elements, and only moments later delivering hot water to where you are.  Instead of a huge tank, which has to continually heat the water it holds whether it’s being used or not, a tankless unit only heats the water you need, when you need it, saving thousands of gallons of water over its lifetime.  And you’ll never run out of hot water again, because the water is heated as it’s being used, so no more cold showers (unless you want one).  These units are typically much more expensive than an average tank water heater, but your energy and water savings over time will be well worth the investment up front.  For large homes or when you anticipate having a high demand for hot water, it can be a good idea to get a few smaller units located closer to the point of useage instead of one large central one, but that’s another great thing about tankless water heaters—they take up very little space compared to a hot water tank and you can find small units which fit right underneath a sink.

For more information on demand water heaters and their energy and water conserving benefits, check out this helpful site or this one.

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