July 2 2009 by Ellen Roseman
I’m talking about hot water heating, a topic that ignited a blaze of controversy. Some people swore by tankless water heaters, a technology long used in Europe but new here. Others who replaced their hot water tank with an on-demand system wanted to rip it out of their home.
Some comments ended up in my blog post a few weeks ago, but more are coming in. It seems everyone has an opinion on how to save energy. It’s a subject that makes readers get really get hot under the collar.
Let’s pay tribute to Dan, a homeowner who shared his experience with others and came up with than 500 tips for saving energy, of which 275 cost absolutely nothing to do. You can find his tips broken down into subcategories here.
“Our objective is in part to remind people that they don’t need to wait for government handouts to reduce their household utility bills at any time of the year, as well as provide a quick list that people can access whenever they want at no cost,” he says. “After all, most of the items on the list were submitted to us free of charge.”
Let’s also give a shout to Jim Davidson’s book, which gave lots of advice about how to make your car go further before filling up the gas tank. Some of his 75 tips made people exceed the speed limit with indignation.