Bob Vila Radio: Save Time (and Water) with a Recirculating Pump

A recirculating pump enables your plumbing to deliver hot water instantaneously, and that's not only a time-saver, but a water-saver, too.

By Bob Vila | Updated Jan 9, 2015 1:54 PM

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On chilly mornings, do you get impatient waiting for water from the faucet to get hot? If so, maybe you should think about installing a recirculating pump.

Installing a Recirculating Pump


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Recirculating pumps keep the water in your hot water pipes flowing back to your water heater, so whenever you turn on the tap, warm water is instantly available. Besides that convenience, they also save water, since you are bound to let less water go down the drain while you’re waiting.

Some pumps, particularly older models, are designed to run continuously, and that can nudge up your electric bills. However, many newer models can be programmed to shut off whenever they’re not needed (in the middle of the night or when the house is unoccupied).

A top-quality pump may run you several hundred dollars, but municipalities give tax breaks when you install one. That can help you feel good about your choice. So too would the knowledge that you’ve done something positive for the environment.

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