Often there seems to be a trade-off between efficiency and cost; the more efficient the product, the more it costs. While long-term costs are harder to estimate, when they are considered, the more efficient a product is, the better for the consumer. As builders and developers seek ways to differentiate their residential properties, adding modern, efficient ecological advances is a growing technique. Tankless water heaters, for example, are rapidly gaining marketshare because of their reputation for running more efficiently, an appealing characteristic given heating water is the average home's second-highest utility cost after heating and cooling the house itself. While switching to tankless from a storage tank water heater has a wide range of benefits, it may not be the ideal option in remodeling due to potential costs to retrofit the plumbing.
Four men have been arrested in the theft of $1 million worth of tankless water heaters from a western Michigan warehouse. The Kent County sheriff's office says Thursday that the thefts started several months ago in Cascade Township, near Grand Rapids. On Saturday, deputies stopped two vehicles leaving the warehouse with Bradford White water heaters valued at more than $100,000. Other Bradford White water heaters valued at more than $750,000 were later recovered. They were being sold by word-of-mouth and over the internet.
Have you ever been running late for work, your hand extended into your shower, cursing its name as the water slowly warms to a temperature that would allow you to enter? Well, you may be being unsympathetic to your hot water heater, because it's likely running all day and all night to keep between 40-80 gallons of water heated, so it can be ready at your command. As you ponder the inefficiency of such a system, imagine the hot water needs of a hotel or a high-rise apartment building, with hundreds of rooms and thousands of inhabitants. The founder in this week's Silicon Valley Insider, Sridhar Deivasigamani, estimates that at any point in time in the US, there could be as much as 6 billion gallons of water being kept hot for our consumption, one-sixth the size of Lake Tahoe. Intellihot, the Galesburg, IL company founded in 2009, designs and manufactures tankless water heaters, as well as monitoring devices and apps, for residential, commercial and industrial applications.
MEXICO CITY – A prosecutor in Mexico said Monday that a gas leak in a water heater is suspected in the death of an Iowa couple and their two children last week. The head prosecutor of the Caribbean coast state of Quintana Roo told local media Monday that an inspection over the weekend revealed that the water heater at the rented condominium in the resort town of Tulum was leaking gas. "Unfortunately, they found the area where the water heater was letting gas escape, perhaps because of a lack of maintenance, perhaps because it was in use, perhaps because of the age of the equipment," prosecutor Miguel Angel Pech told the Radio Formula station. "In fact, a high concentration of this toxic (gas) was found in the room," Pech said. He described a grisly scene: The family was found on Friday and had been dead for 36 to 48 hours by that time, according to autopsy results.
Like many young women my age, I have come to fear my office air conditioner and all the pain and misery it brings. In 2015, scientists found that the math typically used to set the temperature in most office buildings was biased in favor of men. The formula uses the metabolic rate of a 40-year-old, 154-pound man, not women, to determine comfort levels, which is why many women are miserable all the time (plus the whole centuries of oppression thing). Little has changed since the study was published. And because I can't change culture alone, I've decided to accommodate, not fight for justice.