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The Water Heater Payoff
The Water Heater Payoff

An expensive water heater may be efficient, but will it save enough energy to justify the purchase price?

Hot-water circulation loops
Hot-water circulation loops

Hot Water Recirculation Systems: How They Work
Hot Water Recirculation Systems: How They Work

Whether controlled by a demand switch or by simple gravity, hot water recirculation systems put hot water where you want it fast.

Heat-Pump Water Heaters
Heat-Pump Water HeatersOnline Membership Required

A new breed of water heater uses time-proven heat-pump technology to cut energy consumption in half

Ground Source Heat Pumps and Air Source Heat Pumps: Are They as Energy Efficient and Green as Advertised?
Ground Source Heat Pumps and Air Source Heat Pumps: Are They as Energy Efficient and Green as Advertised?Online Membership Required

Learn how heat pumps work and whether they make sense for you. 

Tankless Water Heater
Tankless Water Heater

In this "How It Works" article, associate editor Rob Yagid explores the inside of a tankless heater and describes what happens at each step of the heating process.

Upgrade to a Tankless Water Heater
Upgrade to a Tankless Water HeaterOnline Membership Required

Replacing your old tank-style water heater with a more efficient on-demand system isn’t as difficult as it appears

Rural Landscape, Modern Sensibility
Rural Landscape, Modern SensibilityOnline Membership Required

A first-time home designer nails it with an updated farmhouse that includes double-duty spaces, a serious mudroom, and a five-star energy rating

Solar Hot Water
Video: Solar Hot Water

Look over the shoulder of an expert installer as he fastens panels to the roof and explains how the system works

Warm Floors on a Tight Budget
Warm Floors on a Tight BudgetOnline Membership Required

Using factory-assembled pieces and swapping a boiler for a water heater can lower the cost of radiant-floor heating systems

Build It Green! 2008: A Rainwater-Harvesting and Filtration System
Video: Build It Green! 2008: A Rainwater-Harvesting and Filtration SystemOnline Membership Required

Requirements: 1 metal roof, 2500 gallons of rain, and the desire to save the planet

Cheaper Hot Water
Cheaper Hot Water

From wrapping your tank to tapping the sun: Six ways to put your water heater on an energy diet

Plastic water heater with a lifetime warranty
Plastic water heater with a lifetime warranty

Marathon water heater by Water Heater Innovations, Inc.

Should You Replace an Old Boiler as Part of an Energy-Efficiency Upgrade?
Video: Should You Replace an Old Boiler as Part of an Energy-Efficiency Upgrade?

Before you assume that basement monster must go, watch this cost-benefit analysis from a professional home-energy auditor

Locating an expansion tank
Q & A: Locating an expansion tank

The next wave of home energy?

Micro-cogenerators, or combined heat and power (CHP) systems, are both environmentally friendly and a money saver

Solar Hot Water
Editors Pick
Solar Hot Water

No matter where you live, a solar system can reduce energy costs and provide a reliable supply of domestic hot water

AirTap Water Heater Heating Element
Video: AirTap Water Heater Heating Element

This add-on to your water heater uses hot air to heat the water in your tank

Boosting Tankless Water Heaters
Boosting Tankless Water Heaters

A solar water heater and radiant-floor heat maximize efficiency

Why Add a Tank to a Tankless Water Heater?
Why Add a Tank to a Tankless Water Heater?

Instant water heaters save energy and offer endless hot water, but not without some problems. A small tank and a big pump can fix the flaws.

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Solar hot water in a box
Solar hot water in a box

Hot2O solar hot-water system

Water Heaters: Tank or Tankless?
Water Heaters: Tank or Tankless?

Learn how tank and tankless water heaters work, how to choose and size one to suit your needs, and how to save money and energy in the process

Hot2O Solar Water Heating System
Video: Hot2O Solar Water Heating System

New and noteworthy staff picks from the 2007 International Builders' Show

Code Check Plumbing, 3rd Edition: Water Heaters
Code Check Plumbing, 3rd Edition: Water Heaters

Illustrated guidelines make it easy to comply with major plumbing codes

Hot Water NowOnline Membership Required

Recirculation systems eliminate a long wait at the tap and save thousands of gallons of water

Hot-Water Recirculation

Discuss hot-water recirculation with a master plumber and an energy specialist

Q & A: Tankless water heaters

Q & A: How electric water heaters work

Replacing a Water HeaterOnline Membership Required

By making a few simple upgrades, you can triple a basic water heater's life expectancy

Q & A: Groaning water heater

Appliance drains
Tip: Appliance drains

Q & A: Instantaneous hot water

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