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We want hot water fast!
It's one of those elusive creature comforts that often have people turn to a point of use tankless water heater under the sink or invest thousand of dollars in a whole house tankless water heater. But those options are out of reach for economic or practical reasons for most people. I mean, there's a seemingly endless economic recession going on!

But here is a way to get hot water to your faucet very quickly and still use that little old water heater you have chugging away in the basement.

How?  By using a device called a demand delivery hot water recirculation pump.

Here's the best part. For between $180 to $500 depending on how fancy a unit you want to buy (some have motion sensors built in, simple ones use just a timer), you can attach this unit to your water heating system and have hot water up to 80% faster (that means within seconds in the summer) than you get today from your standard water heating system.

And besides the comfort of hot water faster, you don't waste our precious resource of water! Did you know that the average household wastes between 11,000 to 16,000 gallons of water a year by letting the water run down the drain until it gets hot enough to use? That is a shocking and disturbing statistic.

Well, read How to Get "Instant" Hot Water with a Standard Water Heater and see how easy it is to enjoy hot water faster, while saving money and a precious resource!  The solution isn't "instant" but it's very quick, and a great value for the money, especially in retrofit situations found in existing homes.


January 16, 2011 at 8:38 pm
(1) Janet says:

Thanks to this “How to” article I bought one of these last year and my water bill decreased by over 20%- so thanks for the great advice! It’s especially wonderful in the winter- just press the button, wait for it to stop circulating the water, and a hot shower awaits!

January 18, 2011 at 12:26 pm
(2) Barfalo says:

You can also do this without the use of a circulating pump by using the simple convection principle. You run an additional 1/2″ pipe from the hot water connection at the water fixture(sink, tub, etc.) and run it back to the lower drain outlet on the hot water heater. The water then circulates slowly by itself via convection. It works best with a multi story house(because of the elevation difference, heat rises) but works pretty well even in a ranch. I’ve used it for over 50 years and you never have to wait more than 2 seconds for scolding hot water. It is a much more economical way to do this and the only extra cost involved is installing the extra tube and what it costs to heat the water in that pipe.

January 21, 2011 at 11:03 am
(3) Barbara says:

I sincerely hope that your advice in choosing the thermostat helps me save money on bill electricity

February 10, 2011 at 9:52 pm
(4) Jody says:

I have a tank-less gas water heater that does not work on one shower in the winter – would this work on a tank-less water heater?

February 14, 2011 at 10:41 pm
(5) AC says:

That’s a bit pricy but considering that it can save you that many gallons it must be worth it.

This is a great way to get green as well. Efficient and logical. Great article.


April 16, 2012 at 9:52 am
(6) Brenda says:

I found the Hot Water Lobster Instant Hot Water Valve. It uses your existing water heater and plumbing, does not require electricity…so I was abel to install it in less than 15-minutes. I love it..I get hot water in 3-4 seconds.

February 18, 2014 at 12:29 pm
(7) Allen says:

Will this system work with a tankless water heater?

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