Water Conservation Ė Be Green and Fight the
Drought with Hot Water
The Chilipepper CP6000 and the Metlund D'MAND system are important drought fighting tools!
Hot Water Demand Systems Save Time, Water, Energy, and Money
We all know that we should be conserving water for a wide
variety of reasons. In some areas there are droughts occurring, in some areas
water is just scarce to begin with. Even if your locale has plenty of water
there are still reasons to conserve water.
Saving energy, conserving water, and reducing green house gases
One reason; for every gallon of water you use, you are
using energy as well. Water typically has to be pumped from the source to your
home, and often it needs to be treated as well using even more energy. The
energy used to pump the water and treat the water needs to be generated, and
that typically releases green house gases into the atmosphere.
Most of us are familiar with the common water conservation
methods, low-flow toilets, low flow shower heads, low flow fixtures and
strategies such as using landscaping that doesnít require much water. All of
these methods require some sort of sacrifice by the user.
Add convenience without spending a fortune
Now there is a way to conserve large amounts of water, and
it does not require sacrifice on the part of the user. Itís actually a
convenience for the user. The concept behind this new conservation method is
actually not new, but in recent years itís been through some revolutionary
changes that make it inexpensive and easy to implement.
The method as you may have surmised is the circulation of
the hot water. The old hot water circulating systems of the past were
expensive, and very wasteful of energy. The advantages were nearly instant hot
water. With instant hot water you donít have to run gallons of water down the
drain while you wait for the hot water to arrive. This can save a typical
family of four over 10,000 gallons per year.
Hot water demand (d'mand) systems are energy efficient
Not only do you conserve water, but you are provided the
convenience of fast hot water. The good news is that the old hot water
circulating systems have evolved into todayís hot water demand systems. Hot
water demand systems are much less expensive than their older counter parts, and
are easy to install. They are also extremely energy efficient. Hot water demand
systems use less than $2.00 a year in electricity, and can actually save water
heating energy as well.
There are several brands of hot water demand systems,
including the Chilipepper CP6000, the Metlund DíMAND system, and Taco pump that
markets a DíMAND system nearly identical to the Metlund system. These systems
consist of an electronically controlled pump that connects to the hot and cold
water lines under the fixture. When you desire hot water at your fixture, you
press a button that turns on the pump. When hot water reaches the pump, it shuts
off, and hot water is only 2 or 3 seconds away.
Fast hot water for more than one fixture
Depending on your plumbing layout these units can often
supply quick hot water to more than one sink, and sometimes all of your sinks.
You can easily find out how a demand system will work for your plumbing layout.
When your pipes are all cold, like the first thing in the morning, just pick the
location you think is the furthest from the water heater and turn on the hot
water until it gets hot.
Now the hot water line is full of hot water just as though
a demand system had been activated. Go to the next closest sink and see if you
get hot water a lot faster. By letting the pipes cool off, you can try
different locations for the demand system and determine the best place for it.
If need be you can use more than one pump in a house.
Metlund and Chilipepper Sales
Metlund offers 3 models that range in price from less than
$300 to about $800. The larger Metlund models can be used with tankless water
heaters. Chilipepper CP6000 has a suggested retail price of $179.99, and is much
more powerful than the Metlund and Taco systems and will therefore work with any
kind of water heater including any tankless model.
Both systems are easy to install and both have code
approvals. Both systems save you the same amount of water, both have a life
expectancy of about 15 years, and both systems have warranties. The Chilipepper
CP6000 also offers a 30 day unconditional money back guarantee.
Get a rebate
In some areas the local water companies offer rebates for
the installation of these systems, some reaching $200.00. In those areas itís
inexcusable not to install one of these water saving devices.
So now you knowÖ for less than $200 you can get your hot
water faster, stop running water down the drain, save a ton of water each year,
and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. If you have a septic system you
substantially reduce the amount of waste water your system has to handle each
Be green, practice water conservation, save money, and
reduce greenhouse gas emissions by installing one of these water conservation
systems right away.
Chilipepper Sales 1380 Greg St., # 221 Sparks Nevada, 89431