Try Thanksaving: The Hot, Unnoticed Blessing You Let Run Right through Your Fingers

Yes, we know the drill.

Thanksgiving is “I am thankful for my family’s health.”

Thanksgiving is“I am thankful for running water and a roof over my head.”

And of course, Thanksgiving is always “I am thankful—goodness, so thankful— for this meal in front of me.”

It’s not that any of this is untrue—you only say it because you mean it! But you know what’s funny? You’re being pretty dang thankful for hot water without ever even acknowledging it.


Because your family stays healthy because of…well, hot water. That’s what cleans their hands, cleans their bodies, and cleans their clothes. Hot water is what takes the bad bacteria off of your loved ones.

Because water of any temperature is incredibly useful… but it’s probably hot water that you’re praying for as you turn the knob for your morning shower, am I right? To anyone who knows what it’s like to go without, you know it’s one of the most luxurious perks of being under a roof.

Because the meal in front of you could have been prepared for you without it… but dang, that would have been a toughie without hot water. And probably not sanitary (to be honest, cooking without it would be what threatens your family’s health!)

So yeah, Hot water is the unsung hero of the household that we often get mad at—  we’re relieved when it arrives, but we’re annoyed until it does. We either get irritated that we wait forever, or we accept this water waste as normal. And we hardly ever, ever thank it.

Not to make you reflect too hard during the holiday, but… isn’t wasting water a pretty ungrateful thing to do? Especially when there’s a beautiful way to prevent it.

And “beautiful” doesn’t so much refer to the aesthetic value of an ACT D’MAND Kontrols® System (although as far as black boxes go, it’s quite the looker). No, the “beautiful” acknowledges the genuine good it brings the world. The tri-fold saving of energy, water, and money. The duplicity of instantly getting hot water to every fixture in the home in seconds while simultaneously giving back to the environment at every twist of the knob.



Some quick Thanksgiving Fun Facts, shall we?

Your house (yes, YOURS) loses a minimum of 20 gallons per day due to waiting for it to turn “warm enough”.

You (yes, YOU) pay a bill each month for all the energy and electricity your home consumes, even when you’re not there or awake to use it.

You, (yes, very much you) are emitting 3,000lbs a year of carbon dioxide from your continuous hot water distribution system.

But before you get defense… we realize you didn’t know! We’re so blessed (and sometimes cursed) to have technology constantly bombarding us in the form of new screens, we forget that world-changing innovations hide in our plumbing, too. There’s technology out there that doesn’t depreciate in value, which lasts 20 years, that saves you the $300 you lose to un-used water and electricity. There’s technology that saves around 7,000-10,000 gallons of water each year, and it’s easy to install in your home. And the grand total of running it? Less than a dollar per year.

Because Thanksgiving is a time to realize all that’s been saved is a blessing. A time to acknowledge all the positive ways you’ve spent. And a time to recognize where the changes to occur: where you could be saving, where you shouldn’t be spending.

To Invest in the Future® is one of the most grateful things you can do this season: for you family, for your home, for your blessings, for your world. ACT D’MAND Kontrols® is the tool to help you operate such warmth.
Want more details? Not plumbing savy and want someone to explain how this thing works really plainly? Or… not sure if you would prefer to press a cool button or walk past a motion sensor to que the Kontrol® System to activate? Call 714-668-1200 or visit our website at for answers, we don’t bite.

Thirsty for Work: New Water-Conservation Jobs Growing in Drought


There’s a great fear that jobs will be lost as California’s policies start to reflect awareness of the state’s extreme ecological deficit. As the pressure for more energy-efficient homes threaten the profits of water and energy companies (and agriculture business) the voice that cries “But these huge companies employ so many people!” grows more concerned. Referred to as the “job-killing” monster, sustainable living looks like it wants us to pay greener attention at the cost of our salaries. But as time with the drought persist, new revelations are being made; people are starting to notice the new job opportunities created in response to the water and energy waste. Between the excessive use of resources and the record-breaking lack of them, the job market shows a potential balancing out—as jobs are lost to such a disaster, new ones can be created to fix it.


In 2013 Pacific Institute’s study indicated that 136 different kinds of jobs (plumbers, landscapers, engineers, irrigation specialists) were to emerge and grow due to their association with water conservation.  Today, water-saving jobs—such as drought-resistant landscape design and construction—are offering employment to able-bodied workers all over the Los Angeles County. And our Costa-Mesa based Advanced Conservation Technology business, ACT D’MAND Kontrols® System has needed a couple extra hands themselves. Our Director of Special Accounts Scott Campbell related that “There’s a several different kind of awareness that have aligned to help us get this product out there. For instance, people are starting to wake up to the fact that the drought is real. So they’re also becoming aware that their wait for hot water is a gigantic waste of time, energy, and water. And lastly, they become aware that there’s technology out there that can change that.” With new, larger orders coming in from both residential and commercial directions, the company has had to grow to match the manpower needed to get the electronic, on-demand pump to more homes. Most importantly, “I always share this with new employees, but it’s important to know that everything you do here is important” says VIP Donna-Marie Acker. “Each time an order ships out, realize that each Kontrol system that leaves building means 10,000 gallons of water, saved. It’s so encouraging, so motivating for the whole team.”

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Because it’s a two-way relationship: as sustainable jobs grow, so does the communal consciousness of waste prevention. Likewise, as awareness increases, so does the newer, greener jobs. By being involved with a sustainable goal, the workers themselves are working intimately with the idea itself. As anyone who lives in the reality of scarcity knows, a wasteful lifestyle is nearly impossible to return to once you know better. The key lies in educating the masses. And what better way to educate everyone…then to employ them? Because you are what you work; working for the greener causes ends up causing greener wallets.


By: Katrina Nelson

Ms. Walborn, Mr. Travis… You Guys Rock! (Also, So Do Discounts)

testimonial 2We love feedback. Here at ACT, Inc., we already know our product is truly in your best interest– our favorite part is watching you realize this, too! We wanted to stop in and share 1. Kathy and Fred’s  kind words (Thank you!) and 2. We want to make sure you can always find what you need at the best price possible. Below we’ve attached the links to online provider’s that offer our products at discounted prices! Because we understand that to be most efficient (which is the dream!) you gotta know all the info. testimonial

Discount web sites:
Advanced Conservation Tech (ACT) Products by Model
The authorized dealer for the Residential ACT C1-100  pump.
unaffiliated web site with some discounts

A Pointe in the Right Direction – Building “Sustainable” Right under the Nation’s Sinks

It’s finally happening, folks—“green” is officially getting integrated into the blueprints of America by those directly overseeing the plans. Due to contracts completed and finalized within this past September, there’s now 2 groups of builders out there getting hot water faster to homes on a national scale. With Tri-Pointe’s game-changing commitment to their motto “Life inspiring homes” and through actions proving Meritage’s worthy recognition as the Energy Star 2015 Partner of the Year – Sustained Excellence Award, the agreements with National Builder’s Program (NBP) hard-fastened quality living conditions to the quality lifestyles of homeowners.

And it’s very evident from the deal that all three innovators have only sustainable structures on the agenda. Through the NBP, ACT D’MAND® Systems offers their top-quality and nationally-credited invention in hundreds of Tri-Pointe and Meritage homes. These Kontrol® systems are supplied by those with years of sustainable plumbing experience, and offer nation-wide rep groups for easy access to materials— by supplying technical support as early as the moment of installation, the basis of these contracts cover it all.  Tri-Pointe and Meritage’s utilization of the only On-Demand electronic system on the market encourages others to note just how drastically ACT’s Structured Plumbing® installations lowers building HERS rating scores (the lower the HERS score, the more energy efficient the home). Hosting a perfect match of homeowner convenience and global responsibility, these contracts allows for both companies to see their sustainable, energy-efficient emphasis reach the national platform with all the integrity they practice.

It’s a solid deal, but both businesses are aware that the ultimate beneficiary of the contract won’t be either one of them. It won’t even be the future homeowners of the new Tri-Pointe and Meritage homes, who’ll be moving into lower monthly energy and water bills than the rest!

No, the real winner here is America as a whole. In the 30 million homes across America, over 10,000 gallons of water (and 2,000 KwH) are wasted in wait for hot water each year; if just  1000 of those condos/homes saved 15 gallons a day, approximately 5 millions gallons of water would be conserved each year. And the easiest, most convenient way to save those 15 gallons? An ACT D’MAND Kontrols System. The people making sure this can happen? Tri-pointe Group and Meritage homes. The person most thankful for this agreement? Mother Nature.

For the online, formal press release announced on Proud Green Home Magazine, follow the link: http://

Trip or Treat! October Articles Revealing our September Mischief Out and About

October is coming to a close, and you know what that means… all our September business has leaked into the October media! 

We’ve been doing lots of running around the county and the country this 2015, so if you’re interested in knowing some of the cities our boys have hit (and what they said there) go ahead and check out the articles below. Cuz we’ve got a green message to spread, and a grand mission to accomplish!



Consistency: Saving’s Best Friend

Yes, indeed! Click the image below to see latest data that an energy monitor produced from a recent One Sky Homes project! It’s cool to see that the numbers we advertise are the numbers you’ll get.

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Our Sizzle Reel for the PGH of St. Louis is running on the home page of! It’s posted in the video tab on their website, or you can follow this link:

It’s got some really great perspectives, and in total is only about 3 minutes long. We of all people understand the importance of time and efficiency– believe us say it’s worth each minute! For instance, did you know that “your water heater represents the second largest expense you have in your home”? It’s one thing to read testimonials…. but it’s really nice to hear some, too!
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Our Feature in Home Energy Magazine!

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Thanks to the collaboration of Dave Grieshop and Larry Acker, this September/October issue of Home Energy Magazine illustrates (with figures!) how pump plumbing technology acts to counter the Long-Bullet Effect. This is relevant, interesting material– take a peek by following the link here (on pages 25,26, and 28!):



ABC 7 features the ACT D’MAND Kontrols® System

ACT D’MAND Kontrols ® system was recently featured on ABC 7 eyewitness news at 5pm!


Click here to watch the video.



PCBC P0P (Parade of Products) Awards Winners for 2015

ACT D’MAND Kontrols System Wins top award in innovation and new product solution for hot water “on D’MAND” distribution systems.

Pacific Coast Builders Conference (PCBC), the largest homebuilding tradeshow representing the west coast region has named ACT Inc., D’MAND Kontrols ® Systems a 2015 Parade of Products (POP) winner.

PCBC hosts the annual conference with attendees coming from all over the United States, Canada, Mexico and more than 25 other countries.  The conference alternates between San Francisco and San Diego as its host city.  The 2015 PCBC will be held in San Diego on June 24th – 25th.  The conference is open to anyone within the building industry which includes developers, builders, architects, remodelers, designers, contractors, dealers/distributors and suppliers/manufacturers.   PCBC was launched in 1959 and has grown immensely since then, with attendance increasing each year.  2014 saw an attendance of close to 10,000 people.

PCBC’s POP represents the very best products that are both innovative and useful.  Each year PCBC exhibitors submit products that they think are innovative to a panel of judges and it is up to those judges to find the best of the best.  The 2015 POP winners consisted of 18 ground-breaking products.  ACT, Inc. D’MAND Kontrols® is proud to have been honored as a 2015 POP winner.

The ACT, Inc. D’MAND Kontrols® recirculation System saves water by reducing the wait time for hot water and thus reduces water wasted down the drain.  ACT INC. also designed and pioneered “STRUCTURED PLUMBING®”   for new construction in order to benefit the D’MAND Kontrols System.  This American made product has proven to not only save water but has proven to save energy in tests funded by the U.S. Dept. of Energy.  Saving energy will reduce global warming while adding convenience to the user.  1-800-200-1956

Click Here for the list of other winners


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