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On Demand Hot Water

By Loretta White ecomii.com
January 8, 2009
File under: Cooling Systems, Green Building Design, Heating Systems

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One luxury I enjoy is long hot showers, and with a dedication to being green, this can be a mental struggle.  Resolute to having it all, you can pamper yourself and be green at the same time, if you just do the research.  Go ahead, bathe yourself in luxury, green luxury with a tankless or on demand water heating system. These can operate on multiple fuel sources, but, preferably we would hook it up to an alternative fuel source. They can even feed radiant floor and other hydraulic heating systems

With an on demand water heater or tankless hot water, you never run out of hot water and you only heat what you need, when you need it.  It saves on energy many ways; no storage tank where the water sucks energy, standing by for the time when you actually need the hot water, they are so small and compact you can place one under a sink and you are not losing valuable heat as it travels to its destination, these components are relatively the same cost, before adding bells and whistles, as a conventional system, last two to three times as long, most last for up to 20 plus years and are cleaner and therefore keeping your family healthier. There are additional savings by not having a pilot.  You can easily save half the cost of your current water expenditures and the efficiency goes from 60% efficiency to an eye opening 83%-94% energy-efficiency level making the tankless water heaters are much more eco-friendly and they can be retrofitted into pretty much any system, and a $300.00 Federal tax credit could be yours.

Be healthier with a tankless, where water is heated as it passes through pulling a fresh supply of water all the time.  …read more of On Demand Hot Water here

 
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Water Walls: A passive solar heating solution.

By Loretta White ecomii.com
January 3, 2009
File under: Cooling Systems, Green Building Design, Heating Systems, Natural Alternatives, Remodeling Green

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Second in my series of alternative heating, cooling and power is Water-Walls. What are water walls? Well, basically, they are exactly what they sound like, water containers installed along, on or incorporated in new or existing buildings. Used for years in equestrian and gardening applications, this tried and true method utilizes the sun to collect heat during the day and cools at night. They can be invisible or used as a feature, stand alone or attached to a structure. Whether you are building a new house or working with an existing building this is a great DIY solution. Kits are available to purchase or design and build your own.

Passive Solar Heat from Water Walls offer the most cost effective means of providing heat to buildings and a 10-20% advantage over other passive solar designs like concrete, phase-change salts or masonry (Trombe). Additionally, the energy savings for heating and cooling can be expected in the 70 to 90 percent range. …read more of Water Walls: A passive solar heating solution. here

 
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Alternative Heat & Power: Are you considering all the factors?

By Loretta White ecomii.com
January 3, 2009
File under: Cooling Systems, Green Building Techniques, Heating Systems, Natural Alternatives, Remodeling Green

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As I mentioned in my last blog regarding an overview of alternative heat/water/power, there are numerous things to consider when choosing what is right for you.

Some are obvious, some clandestine. As an example, we decided to utilize a wood/coal stove and lower our oil bill these past few months. This being a new house, we are researching the best alternative methods for this region to create a plan to make it more green. The surprise came in the form of the electric bill?! What we did not expect, or even consider, was the electricity used to fire up furnace. Our bill went down at least $20.00.

With that in mind, i would like to share with you what to take into account when going green. The obvious considerations being; cost, fossil fuel footprint reduction, overall savings, etc. Let’s look at them in more detail – I don’t know about you, but I hate to add more work into my already hectic life. I want to save money, save time and be green all at the same time. …read more of Alternative Heat & Power: Are you considering all the factors? here

 
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Going Off The Grid Guide – overview of options on heat, water and power.

By Loretta White ecomii.com
January 3, 2009
File under: Green Building Techniques, Heating Systems, Natural Alternatives

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My husband and I, like all green people want to become as self sufficient as possible. Starting with the major projects in a new house is not always possible, but there are infinite ways to start. We are starting with a plan that includes heat/cooling, water, electric and smart green choices that not only reduce fossil fuels and are 80%+ more efficient, but also pamper you. Gone are the days when green was packaged as a sacrifice.

In the research first we wanted to make sure we considered all the possibilities, which was surprisingly difficult. Who knew that when we utilized a wood stove in the basement, we would not only save on the oil consumption, but also on our electricity due to the burner not firing up!

Basically, renewable energy can be put into seven categories; Solar, Wind, Geothermal, Ocean, Bio, Hydrogen, and Hydro. These energy sources can be utilized in various ways to heat and cool, to make electricity or other power, or to run automobiles or other machines currently powered with fossil fuels. When looking at these, I decided to …read more of Going Off The Grid Guide – overview of options on heat, water and power. here

 
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Solar Heat Panels, heat for free with this easy 1 day DIY project“- from ecomii blogs”

By Loretta White ecomii.com
December 28, 2008
File under: Green Building Design, Heating Systems, Remodeling Green

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In my series on alternative ways to heat, cool, generate energy and warm water this has to be my favorite heating method for simplicity and style.

Hot Air Solar Panels are exterior active solar heat panels that can heat one room or your whole building. If you are looking for a simple solution to lower heating costs or a quick, low cost way to start a green heating solution, this is your baby. All you need is a South facing exterior wall and you can augment or heat your entire home with this easy 1 day do it yourself installation. Unlike other heat sources, this allows you to maintain a comfortable temperature while reducing your carbon footprint with this clean energy source. …read more of Solar Heat Panels, heat for free with this easy 1 day DIY project“- from ecomii blogs” here

 
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