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Using Solar Power in your overall Energy Plan

Using Solar Power in your overall Energy Plan

solor heating in MOAmerican Services HVAC heating and cooling in St. Louis knows that one of the most economical and environmentally ways to heat a building is to use solar power.  And since this green technology has advanced exponentially over the years it has become even more effective and costs less than ever before.

One of the easiest applications for solar power is to use it for the heating of all water in a commercial facility.  Hot water usage can come from showers, bathrooms or even cleaning and manufacturing.  The old fashioned way to heat water has always been by using a water heater that is either powered by propane, natural gas or some other fossil fuel.  The problem with all of these fuels is that there isn’t an endless supply of any of them and therefore the cost to a business can be daunting.  Additionally as fossil fuels become more and more rare and the techniques used to mine them become more expensive the cost is going to continue to rise.  The advantage of using solar power is that it’s a fixed cost with a onetime initial expense and then just maintenance from that point on.

The process to get this all started for a commercial application is fairly simple.  Evacuated tube collectors or a similarly designed solar panel is placed on the roof or high point near the building.  This tube design is particularly important because the solar panels are always facing the sun no matter what angle the sun is at or the time of day.  In addition the simplistic design is solid and offers years of practical use.  The energy is then captured in a solar collector and through a series of tubes and a central controller; the heat is pushed throughout the facility.  This design can be used in a variety of geographic areas and can be just as effective in the winter as it is during those dog days of summer when the sun is always around.

Using a solar panel system to heat water for a commercial building is not only smart business but is good for the earth as well.  Solar energy has been around for years, and continues to supply companies around the world with simple, fast and cheap energy.  If you’re looking to cut costs out of your business and need a simple and time tested solution then solar power might be just what you need.

Commercial Refrigeration in Grocery Stores

Commercial Refrigeration in Grocery Stores

commercial refrigertion in MOAmerican Services commercial Refrigeration systems near Collinsville IL knows that refrigeration systems can consume a great deal of energy in businesses such as grocery stores and refrigerated warehouses. With the increase in demands and federal regulations for a reduction in energy consumption, many organizations have developed refrigeration programs to aid in the transition from inefficient systems to efficient ones.

A typical company will have multiple refrigeration units ranging in efficiency ratings. A proper assessment of your company’s units will reveal systems that do not or will not meet efficiency standards. A licensed professional can conduct an energy audit and map out your entire system, showing areas of concern and areas of immediate change. Along with measurements in refrigeration energy efficiency, many companies will provide an audit on the lighting systems as well to further enhance your energy plan. Typical changes to systems include anti-sweat heater controls, electronic commutated motors, refrigerator fan controls, and custom interior lighting.

When seeking a company to perform an energy audit, there are many companies that offer a no-cost, no-obligation facility audit. The customer is provided with recommendations and estimates of energy savings, project cost, payback periods, and incentive amounts available based on the audit. These companies make their money if you decided to follow their recommendations and have them perform the work. Installation of systems and equipment that are performed by licensed organizations will first send out an engineer who will first perform a pre-installation inspection to verify all aspects of the project. Trusted contractors will then implement projects followed by a post-installation inspection by the company’s engineer again. This will ensure all work is completed correctly.

For an assessment of your refrigeration needs in St. Louis and surrounding areas, contact American Services today.