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Category: Water Heating

From Drafty to Dreamy: 1925 Home Gets Modern Comforts

Love at First Sight For Amy Ruiz and her partner, Sonia, they fell in love with their 1925 Northeast Portland at first sight. “We looked through the windows and fell in love with this home,” Amy says, “It was a little bit over our budget but we just fell in love with all the built-ins… Read more

Portland Homeowner Shares the Steps to an Enhabit Home

Portland, Oregon homeowner Laura Parisi finds peace of mind in a home with the whole package: energy efficiency, solar panels, and a seismic retrofit—all thanks to Enhabit. The cape cod home nestled in a North Portland neighborhood was built in 1943—a rarity, as not many homes were built during World War II. It was a… Read more

Tankless Water Heating Systems

With tankless water heaters, when you turn on a hot-water faucet or an appliance that uses hot water, the heater senses the flow, turns on, and heats the water almost instantly before it flows to the destination. Because there is no storage tank, there is no standby heat loss. The ability of a tankless water… Read more

Hot Water Heating & Standby Heat Loss

With storage water heaters, thermostats inside the tank signal the heating elements to keep the water continually at the proper temperature—usually about 120°F. Because the entire tank of water is kept hot, “standby” heat loss can reduce the overall efficiency, even with a well-insulated tank. Similarly, because the heated water must be piped to its… Read more

Rhonda Watson: ‘Why did we wait so long?’

Rhonda Watson and her family have been living in the same Milwaukie, Oregon house…

The Lindbergs Earn Green by Going Green with Energy Efficiency Upgrades

An energy efficiency remodel adds real dollars to this home’s appraised value.