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Just Ask: Energy-Efficient Hot Water Heaters and Your Impact on Global Warning

Energy-efficient alternatives for hot water tanks, three concrete changes for a more sustainable future.
By Umbra Fisk
September/October 2005
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Q: Last spring, when our fifty-gallon hot water tank decided to give our basement floor a thorough cleaning, we had to scramble to find an energy-efficient alternative. After about a week of cold showers, we got an energy-friendly, natural-gas, heat-on-demand system. Planning ahead definitely would have saved us time, money, and goose bumps.
Liz, Silver Spring, Maryland

Find out what Umbra has to say about energy-efficient hot water heaters.

Q: If we’re talking about the balance sheet of the world, does it really matter if I use a more or less environmentally responsible solution to wash my fruit? I’m wondering what three major, concrete changes you recommend people make (ones a bit more difficult to implement than using lower energy lightbulbs!) that would really let us rest easy at night knowing we’d contributed?
Cate, New York

Find out what Umbra has to say about what changes you can make to impact global warming and pollution. 

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