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Don’t stand by, get a tankless

Did you know that most hot water heaters produce enough standby energy loss to increase a home energy bill significantly? That’s because they continue to heat water when it’s not being used.

One solution is to replace a conventional water heater with demand water heaters. "Tankless" or "instantaneous" water heaters provide hot water only as it is needed. When a hot water tap is turned on, cold water travels through a pipe into the unit where a gas burner or electric element rapidly heats the water passing by.

According to the U.S. Department of Energy, tankless water heaters can be 24 to 34 percent more energy efficient in homes that use 41 gallons or less of hot water daily. They can be 8 to 14 percent more energy efficient for homes that use a lot of hot water around 86 gallons a day. Even greater energy savings of 27 to 50 percent can be achieved if a demand water heater is installed at each hot water outlet.

To see a demonstration of a tankless hot water heater, visit the Green Building Consumer Trade Show, Saturday, Nov. 8 from 10 to 3 p.m. at The Canyons Grand Summit, sponsored by Recycle Utah and the Park City Board of Realtors Environmental Issues Committee. For more information call 659-6990.

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