Larry Acker
Larry Acker is the CEO of ACT, Inc. D'MAND Kontrol Systems®. Involved with energy, water and energy conservation for 45 years, Larry is considered a leading authority regarding residential water and energy efficiency. Larry has been a featured speaker at major conferences throughout the world supporting ASHRAE, IAMPO, AWWA, ACEEE, PHCC and SB-08. Larry has written featured articles for National Trade Magazines and was the Chairman of the Pacific Coast Builders Conference in 2001. www

Water use down 22 percent in California for December

Water use down 22 percent in California for December

Thanks to some December rain, outdoor water use, a major contributor to water consumption in California, residents used 22 percent less water in December 2014 than the previous December.

Desalination plant may be reactivated to address drought impact

Desalination plant may be reactivated to address drought impact

A two-decade old desalination plant in Santa Barbara, California may be considered as a last resort to address the ongoing drought conditions impacting the region.

Ever wonder why your hot water is never hot right away?

Ever wonder why your hot water is never hot right away?

The typical hot water heater is constantly heating water at a determined temperature. It takes gas or electricity to accomplish this. The idea is when you want hot water, you got it. But, that’s not entirely true.

When is an on-demand water pumping system a good idea?

When is an on-demand water pumping system a good idea?

An on-demand pumping systems makes sense if the wait for hot water is long and the waste of ambient temperature water is significant in highly used areas such as...

Evaluate your hot water distribution system's efficiency

Evaluate your hot water distribution system's efficiency

If you have typical home plumbing you probably turn on the hot water and let it run until the water starts getting warm. That daily process multiplied by the number of people in your home times the number of homes in your community puts millions of gallons of unused water down the drain.

ACT D'MAND Kontrols recirculating pump systems are backed with solid warranty

ACT D'MAND Kontrols recirculating pump systems are backed with solid warranty

The ACT D’MAND Kontrols recirculating water pump that easily installs in new or existing homes to save over 10,000 gallons of water per home annually has over eight green and government certifications for its efficiency and savings.

ACT D'MANDS hot water recirculating pump provides instant gratification

ACT D'MANDS hot water recirculating pump provides instant gratification

If you are like most people you turn on the hot water faucet and wait…. and wait. In a minute or two you finally start to feel some warmth and eventually the hot water you ordered arrives.

Recognition and certifications of hot water saving device provides homeowners confidence

Recognition and certifications of hot water saving device provides homeowners confidence

It is comforting for homeowners to see a comprehensive list of recognition and certifications a device acquires from industry leaders and government agencies.

Six solutions for water and energy efficiency

Six solutions for water and energy efficiency

The ACT D’Mand Kontrols® System is a patented and proven re-circulating pump easily installed in a home’s existing plumbing system designed to eliminate running the hot water line for a minute or two to finally get hot water at your faucet.

Waiting for hot water is costly and wasteful

Waiting for hot water is costly and wasteful

Think about this. There are approximately 90 million single-family homes in the US where the hot water faucet is turned on to run a minute or two to finally provide hot water. That amounts to 7,000-10,000 gallons of fresh water per year per home.

Simple home water conservation practices really add up

Simple home water conservation practices really add up

Most of us have grown up with “limitless” water. You turn on the faucet and it is always right there. But as we have seen in the drought-stricken SW United States and as far as northern California water has become a critical commodity.

Water regulations

Water regulations

Nature provides water, which makes it a natural resource. This doesn’t mean there is a limitless supply of water, nor does it mean water is naturally 100 percent safe. Enter the lawmakers, to ensure the safety and cleanliness of water for public consumption.

Water conservation stats

Water conservation stats

Sierra Vista, Ariz., is no stranger to water conservation, as the Copper State is not known for having plentiful rainfall. In 2011 the Cochise Water Project was formed, a nonprofit organization whose goals is to reduce the amount of water being drawn from the aquifer in Sierra Vista.

The value of water

The value of water

Most community water systems in the United States rely on groundwater aquifers for public water supplies. One of the exceptions is Kentucky, with almost 80 percent of community water systems using surface sources of water.

Water and the construction industry

Water and the construction industry

Architects and builders are becoming more environmentally conscious, as are homeowners, for the betterment of the community at large. Protecting the earth’s natural resources, including wood and water, were overlooked for centuries because they were in such abundant supply no one ever thought twice about using them.

Pay-as-you-go model for household water?

Pay-as-you-go model for household water?

Imagine if the gas pump did not show the gallons and dollars being pumped in real time, but only the final totals. Or if the scoreboard at a basketball game didn’t keep up with baskets and free throws in real...

Thoughts from the 2014 International Builders' Show

Thoughts from the 2014 International Builders' Show

In early February 2014, the National Association of Home Builders hosted the 17th annual International Builders’ Show. With the theme of “Expect More,” over 75,000 industry professionals from around the world attended the show in Las Vegas to learn from each other about building and remodeling, architecture and design, and materials and technology.

The mechanics of water conservation

The mechanics of water conservation

One way of conserving water is to make a conscious effort to use less on a daily basis—and that’s great. There’s another way to conserve water that doesn’t require any effort at all.

Crunching numbers for water conservation

Crunching numbers for water conservation

Studies from the EPA and U.S. Department of Energy show that the average household wastes 7,000 to 10,000 gallons of water on an annual basis, by turning on a faucet for hot water and waiting for the water to warm up.

Luxurious stewardship

Luxurious stewardship

The ACT D’MAND Kontrols pumping system is not a luxury item, but it feels like one because it is such a product of convenience. Turn on the water faucet in the kitchen or bath for hot water, and presto, instant...

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