Is there a way (other than collecting water and heating it on the stove ) to get hot/warm water from the tap without having to alter existing plumbing or electrical wiring ?

Perhaps use a chemical reaction to provide the heat to warm the water ?

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    – Ben Norris
    Commented Mar 12, 2014 at 10:27
  • $\begingroup$ @BenNorris I edited the question to include the verbiage you used in your comment. Hope it is sufficiently on topic now. $\endgroup$
    – moonstar
    Commented Mar 12, 2014 at 12:37

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Crystallization of a supersaturated solution of sodium acetate will release heat - once. But then it is just a solid. It works nicely for pocket warmers, but since you have to heat the flexible container in boiling water prior to re-use, this and other comparable processes are of little use for a water supply.

At the end of the day, you won't get around plumbing to tap an energy source.

Your options would be:

  • solarthermal
  • geothermal
  • heat released from the fermentation of organic waste
  • $\begingroup$ Yes I did think of hand warmers but the idea of pre-boiling it was not appealing. Have you heard of coffee joulies? (joulies.com?) These things lower/maintain temperature. Wonder if a similar thing exists for increasing the temperature of water/fluids. $\endgroup$
    – moonstar
    Commented Mar 12, 2014 at 16:12
  • $\begingroup$ You can always dissipate the heat and loose it to the environment, but harvesting energy against a temperature gradient does not work. Putting your feet in a cold creek to warm them up while the water cools down is not an option. Thermodynamics is a harsh mistress ;) $\endgroup$ Commented Mar 12, 2014 at 16:25

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