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Why do we waste hot water anyway?

By, Sidney Baysinger

All of us know what it’s like to turn on a hot-water faucet and wait... and wait for the water to get hot. This is both a waste of water and a waste of energy, as water is sent through the line and goes down the drain.

A hot water recirculation system is designed to make hot water available at the fixture nearly instantly. Beyond eliminating an inconvenient wait for hot water, a recirculation system saves thousands of gallons of water annually. This is water that would otherwise have gone down the drain as a user waits for hot water to travel from the water heater (point A) to the fixture (point B).

In fact, according to the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) an average family of four wastes up to 14,000 gallons of water each year waiting for hot water. If this is how much water is being wasted by a family of four, imagine how much is being wasted in a 200-unit, multi-housing project.

Waiting for hot water sends millions of gallons of water down the drain each year in large commercial buildings. To reduce this waste, we can use a hot water recirculation system, which circulates hot water through the pipes. That way, when an occupant opens a faucet, the hot water is available nearly instantly.

The Pros at Tankless Pros Az can help with this water waste, and give you the convenience of almost instant hot water whenever you want, without the waste. Installing a hot water recirculation system is a smart idea, and the Pros can install a system starting at less than $500 in your home. Give them a call at (602) 833-1533.


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