Monday, October 15, 2007

What are you doing for the world today?

The best decision we made 24 years ago was our on-demand water heater. Our heater is a Rinnai and it has been wonderful since the day it was installed. The little heater does not have a water storage tank; it heats up water when we need to use it. At the time we built our house these devices were very hard to find. We paid $500 for the Rinnai and it is one of the best investments we ever made.

Recently we replaced our incandescent light bulbs with energy-saving ones. They are all over the house and they do a fine job lighting our way.

Way back in 1983 when we built our house we wanted it to be energy efficient. It has thick insulation, south-facing windows, and skylights for air circulation and natural daylight. Our interior/exterior stairway has done its job circulating heat and air for all these years. Our electric bill runs, on average, $45 a month.
We built our house well before the “Not So Big” books were published. But I can go through the books today and say, “Yes, we did that, yes, check,” and feel so good.

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4 Comments:

Blogger paula, the quilter said...

That type of water heater is going to be our next installation. We, too, built our house for passive solar. It's a great way to go.

11:18 AM  
Blogger Julaine Lofquist-Birch said...

Wow - you have made a difference!

12:21 PM  
Blogger Karen said...

would you believe that my town doesnt allow that type of water heater. It does not meet the code. Shamefull isnt it! My home is a small solid brick 1950's ranch. It has been a process bringing it into this era. new windows, restored wood floors etc. It does a very good job of keeping in the heat in winter and the cooler air in during the heat of summer. I would not change it for any of the newer mcmansions that are being built over the demolished sites of older homes like mine.

7:08 PM  
Blogger Sheri said...

Hi Chistine,
That's the sort of water heater we had when we lived in Spain. It was called A flash heater there.We loved it.You never run out of hot water.It will be what we install when our present water heater dies.
Sheri

4:31 AM  

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