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Selecting a Water Heater
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I am looking at updating the heating and water heating systems in a rental home I recently purchased.  Currently, there is a 4 year old Burnham oil furnace with a coil for water heating.  I'm looking…Continue

Tags: heaters, water, heating, HVAC

Started this discussion. Last reply by Joe Romero Jul 16, 2013.

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As you may have heard, Google+ (Google's equivalent to Facebook) recently merged with Google Places (it's local search product).  This represents a significant change in the world of online…Continue

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Started this discussion. Last reply by Johnny Ritzo Jun 25, 2012.

 

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Joe Romero replied to Johnny Ritzo's discussion Selecting a Water Heater
"I would suggest you suggest for gas powered heat pump. Though it cost more than electric heaters but are more efficient to operate. We need to avoid burning electricity for heat whenever possible. "
Jul 16, 2013
John Porterfield replied to Johnny Ritzo's discussion Selecting a Water Heater
"The American Council for Energy Efficient Economy water heater tool provides helpful comparison of technology, service life, installed cost, and cost to own.  The pace of energy efficient technology innovation is brisk, so installed costs and…"
Jul 11, 2013
Patrick Michaelyan replied to Johnny Ritzo's discussion Selecting a Water Heater
"Johnny, If your concerns are payback and ability of the unit to meet hot water demands then I think your best bet is, as some have mentioned, installing low-flow shower heads and faucet aerators for starters, then installing a basic gas-fired,…"
Jul 6, 2013
Mickey Souza replied to Johnny Ritzo's discussion Selecting a Water Heater
"Water heating is typically the second most energy demanding equipment in your home with heating and cooling being first. Going to electric water heater is a very costly endeavor as electric heating can be 3 - 4 times the cost of natural gas heating.…"
Jul 3, 2013
Perry Ning replied to Johnny Ritzo's discussion Selecting a Water Heater
"My suggestions is to find a gas powered heat pump. We need to avoid burning electricity for heat whenever possible. If you put the same amount of electricity in a heat pump, you can pump 4 times more heat in a climate like California.  Google…"
Jul 2, 2013
Bob Blanchette replied to Johnny Ritzo's discussion Selecting a Water Heater
"Do you pay for the fuel or does the tenant? If the tenant pays the fuel then leave the 4yr old unit alone. As a landlord you will never get enough extra in rent to justify the expense of replacing such a new system."
Jun 16, 2013
Tyler Gillette replied to Johnny Ritzo's discussion Selecting a Water Heater
"Oops, I just saw that the rental is in Maine but, you are in CA.  An active solar heater would be an option but,  probably not the most cost effective solution.  I know of folks in Alaska that use solar energy for their hot water…"
Jun 13, 2013
Tyler Gillette replied to Johnny Ritzo's discussion Selecting a Water Heater
"I see you're in CA but, I didn't see passive solar water heater on the list of viable options?  They can be implemented with existing tanks or even supplemented with a tank-less unit for so many residents. They're able to be…"
Jun 13, 2013
Brian Robinson replied to Johnny Ritzo's discussion Selecting a Water Heater
"Are including the Efficiency Maine cash rebates of up to $300 in your calculation?  Are you sure each of these units will actually supply enough hot water to meet peak demand?  Have you thought about annualized lifecycle cost =…"
Jun 13, 2013
Johnny Ritzo replied to Johnny Ritzo's discussion Selecting a Water Heater
"Hello,  Just wanted to get your opinion on heating and cooling systems for a project in Lewiston, Maine.  The house was built in 1916, has 5 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, 1 kitchen.    With regard to heating, there is currently a 2009…"
Jun 12, 2013
Joachim Preiss replied to Johnny Ritzo's discussion Selecting a Water Heater
"Could it be that you have a boiler with tankless coil? Boilers are for hydronic heating, furnaces are for forced air heating. Is this a single family residence? Will you live in it or rent it out? Year round use? How many bathrooms, fixtures, what…"
Jun 8, 2013
Curt Kinder replied to Johnny Ritzo's discussion Selecting a Water Heater
"NG tank probably the way to go in most utility cost situations. Tankless may make sense - about 20% more efficient than standard tank heaters, but beware their usual shortcomings."
Jun 6, 2013
Tom Delconte replied to Johnny Ritzo's discussion Selecting a Water Heater
"Posted something earlier, but account was hacked. Natural gas tank heater, such as: http://www.kenmore.com/kenmore-elite-50-gal-12-year-natural-gas/p-04233264000P"
May 30, 2013
David Meiland replied to Johnny Ritzo's discussion Selecting a Water Heater
"What are the prices for gas and electricity?"
May 30, 2013
Eric Kjelshus replied to Johnny Ritzo's discussion Selecting a Water Heater
"I have been using  Rheem or State or Brad/white PVC flued tank type hot water heater  abit more than 61% tank type  but less than 1/2 of a tankless.  can take -50 PA in the CAZ test and is cheap to flue and works well.  You…"
May 24, 2013
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Selecting a Water Heater

I am looking at updating the heating and water heating systems in a rental home I recently purchased.  Currently, there is a 4 year old Burnham oil furnace with a coil for water heating.  I'm looking at adding a natural gas burner to the system, as gas lines are already in place.  With regard to water heating, I'm looking at indirect fired systems although I've received some recommendations for installing an electric tank.  Thoughts or advice?  As you can probably tell, I'm new to this!…See More
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How the Sequester will Impact the Home Energy Efficiency Industry



By Johnny Ritzo

Originally Posted at Efficiency Law Review

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There has been considerable speculation about how the mandatory budget cuts, known as the sequester, will impact key government functions beginning March 1, 2013.  Primary concern has focused…

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Posted on February 28, 2013 at 9:51am — 1 Comment

How to Market Your Home Performance Business in the Summer

Reposted from the Energy Circle blog -- http://www.energycircle.com/blog.

We hear from residential energy efficiency pros around the country that spring and summer are particularly challenging times for their…

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Posted on June 14, 2012 at 7:30am

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At 12:34pm on November 10, 2011, Diane Chojnowski said…

Hi Johnny,

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