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Water Heaters, Appliances & Lighting

Solution Center Guides

Guide describing how to air seal around plumbing and other piping.

Guide describing how to install WaterSense® labeled bathroom and kitchen sink faucets and accessories.

This project completed a modeling evaluation of a hybrid gas water heater that combines a reduced capacity tankless unit with a downsized storage tank. This product would meet a significant market need by providing a higher efficiency gas water heater solution for retrofit applications while maintaining compatibility with the half-inch gas lines and standard B vents found in most homes. The TRNSYS simulation tool was used to model a base case 0.60 EF atmospheric gas storage water, a 0.82 EF non-condensing gas tankless water heater, an existing (high capacity) hybrid unit on the market, and an alternative hybrid unit with lower storage volume and reduced gas input requirements.

Heat pump water heaters offer a significant opportunity to improve water heating performance for the over 40% of U.S. households that heat domestic hot water using electric resistance storage water heaters. Numerous field studies have also been completed documenting performance in a variety of climates and applications. More recent evaluation efforts have focused attention on the performance of May through September 2014, with ongoing winter monitoring being sponsored by California utility partners.

High performance water heaters are typically more time consuming and costly to install in retrofit applications, making high performance water heaters difficult to justify economically. However, recent advancements in high performance water heaters have targeted the retrofit market, simplifying installations and reducing costs. Four high efficiency natural gas water heaters designed specifically for retrofit applications were installed in single-family homes along with detailed monitoring systems to characterize their savings potential, their installed efficiencies, and their ability to meet household demands.

This case study presents a cold-climate project that examines an alternative approach to ground source heat pump (GSHP) ground loop design. The innovative ground loop design is an attempt to reduce the installed cost of the ground loop heat exchange portion of the system by containing the entire ground loop within the excavated location beneath the basement slab.

This measure guide describes basic steps for installing ceiling fans.

Guide describing how to install efficient clothes washers in new and existing homes.

Guide describing how to conduct combustion appliance zone testing.

Guide describing condensing clothes dryers, which have a secondary heat exchanger and do not require exterior venting.

This measure guide describes effective ways to distribute hot water using core plumbing techniques.

This measure guide describes effective ways to distribute hot water using demand plumbing techniques. 

Guide describing categories of direct-vent combustion space- and water-heating equipment and combustion safety testing.

Guide describing how to install dishwashers in new and existing homes.

Guide describing how to install ENERGY STAR rated dishwasher and clothes washers. 

Guide describing EPA WaterSense requirements for drinking water treatment systems.

Guide describing how to provide combustion air for fireplaces and how to test fireplaces for combustion safety.

Guide describing gas-fired boilers and hot water heat distribution systems used for home heating.

Guide describing how to install a tankless hot water heater in a new or existing home to provide domestic hot water that is heated on demand without the standby losses associated with tank storage water heaters

This guide provides information about heat pump water heaters.

Guide describing lighting choices and installation procedures in new and existing homes.

Guide describing how to conduct a home performance assessment before beginning retrofit projects in existing homes.

Guide describing air sealing of non-ICAT recessed lights installed in accessible attics of existing homes.

Guide describing installation procedures for combined space and water heating systems.

Guide describing how to install and test all water-using fixtures, equipment, and appliances to ensure there are no leaks.

Guide describing the use of micro-irrigation systems to reduce water usage in residential landscaping.

Guide describing water metering in multi-family buildings. 

Guide providing information about installing boiler controls in multifamily housing.

Guide describing oil-fired boilers and hot water heat distribution systems used for home heating.

Information guide describing WaterSense requirements for outdoor ornamental water features.

Guide describing insulation of piping in exterior walls.

Retrofit guide describing how to assess harmful gasses such as carbon monoxide, sulfur oxides, nitrogen oxides, and soot from existing combustion appliances.

Guide describing how to correctly vent a clothes dryer.

Guide describing how to install energy efficient refrigerators in new and exisitng homes.

Guide describing service water pressure requirements for EPA's WaterSense Program.

Guide describing how to install WaterSense® labeled showerheads.

Install Tier 1, master-slave, load-sensing advanced power strips in entertainment centers and computer stations.

Guide describing sprinkler irrigation landscape watering practices for water efficiency.

Guide describing toilet and urinal requirements and selection for EPA's WaterSense program.

Guide describing how to properly ventilate un-vented combustion appliances such as sealed fireplaces.

Guide describing replacement of a single-speed pool pump with variable-speed pump.

Guide describing how to determine an efficient and effective water softener. 

Guide describing how to design a water-efficient landscape that will minimize the need for supplemental water by using the WaterSense® Water Budget Tool.