Recover Water Heat With the Power-Pipe

With oil prices recently at record highs, people—homeowners especially—have been looking for ways to save money on things such as heating costs. What many of them don't realize is that they're spending an unnecessary amount of money on keeping their warm water warm, lest Jack Frost make taking showers in the winter a frigid affair. By attaching the Power-Pipe to existing pipes, home owners can expect to save between 25 and 40 percent on their energy bills.

What the Power-Pipe does is transfer heat from the warm water traveling inside of pipes, to the cold water flowing on the outer coils. Normally, the heat that the Power-Pipe recycles would be completely lost, costing people money in the process. The inventor of the Power-Pipe, Gerald Van Decker, figures that the typical temperature of water would rise 18 degrees Fahrenheit (10 degrees Celsius) to 45 degrees Fahrenheit (25 degrees Celsius). Best of all, since the Power-Pipe uses no moving parts, maintenance is nigh non-existent, with a projected life span of more than 50 years.

Engineering alumnus brings energy-efficient technology to a home near you [University of Waterloo]