Archive for April, 2011

Solar Pool Heating

Solar Pool Heating Schematic

Solar Pool Heating Schematic

If you own a swimming pool, solar pool heating could dramatically decrease the cost of heating your pool while providing you autonomy as natural and reliable as the sun itself.   The combination of solar thermal collectors using building-integrated photovoltaics [BI-PV] to pump water through a solar thermal collector translates to independence and peace of mind.

Whether you are a millionaire with multiple hotel properties or the one in charge of managing the family pool, your primary concern is to assure comfort, convenience and reliability for your family or patrons.  With increasing energy industry mismanagement, a volatile electricity market, global warming, increased natural disasters, terrorism and even war on the horizon, there is a strong chance that high electricity prices and blackouts may be realistic factors influencing your management decisions.    Isn’t it nice to know that even in today’s unpredictable world, there is one solution that can and will make your investment highly predictable, reliable and affordable for thirty years or more?

 

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Tankless Water Heater

Tank-less Water Heater

A natural gas tank-less water heater is a logical choice for anyone on the hot-water-seeking planet. This system rests when the water is not in use. This only makes sense but traditional heating units stay on all the time, even when they are not really needed. We don’t leave our vehicles running when we are not driving in the same sense; we should not leave our heating units running when they are not being used.

These tank-free heating units are a little more expensive to buy than the traditional gas hot water heater but they might be worth the extra money. The conventional tank version is more expensive to operate because the water stored in the unit has to be constantly heated and this takes quite a bit of energy. The tank-less water heating system is cheaper in the long run because it does not have to heat the water on a continuous basis when hot water is not needed.

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