We spent the previous post discussing the measures that one randomly selected University was taking in the way of energy efficiency with green technology. “Green heating and cooling systems fall under two distinct categories: passive and active.” Passive systems work by maximizing nature’s ability to heat and cool without furnaces or air conditioners [source: Green Technology]. “Among other things, passive technology includes constructing homes with white or light-colored roofs that reflect the sun’s energy instead of absorbing it.” As a result, the amount of energy it takes to cool a house is less. Passive designs also use windows that can keep the heat out and cool air in. They remind me of staying safe from a sunburn by sitting in the shade as opposed to the chemical (active ways) of sunscreen.
According to our recent research on behalf of your St Louis Heating and Cooling near O’Fallon MO, active designs use a variety of mechanical heating and cooling systems. These systems tend to run on solar power, geothermal power or other sources of green energy. It’s a gradual one, but the increase in green-energy use, according to your St. Louis Heating Sales near O’Fallon MO, in recent years is slowly having an impact.
“For one thing, Americans saved more than $19 billion in 2008 by using various green heating and cooling systems [source: U.S. Department of Energy].” The cost is high, though, according to your St Louis Heating installation near O’Fallon. “But these green systems are not cheap — some solar collectors cost between $30 and $80 per square foot for installation.” There are incentive programs offered now and then by the government, but not consistent enough to really go into details here. The next several posts will cover all of the other green heating and cooling methods we uncovered.
We recently wrote, on behalf of your Industrial Refrigeration Sales near Ladue, about the green technology wave that came on even stronger than previously experienced in the recent government announcements and push towards renewed energy. Whether you believe the government has an agenda or not (and most are at least wise enough to know that they do), you also cannot deny that our resources are in danger and the earth is being effected in ways that require our protection to an extent. So, HVAC and refrigeration technologies have altered the industry offerings and are doing what they can to have a positive impact and create a wave of change in the direction of green.
“Our list of 7 Green Technologies That Are Changing HVAC takes a look at changes in simple components as while as entire systems in HVAC.” These things can be applied to the subject of St Louis Refrigeration near Ladue as well. “Still, even more improved technologies can be expected in the future as companies work toward changing this country’s reliance on fossil fuels, which in the U.S. stands at 82 percent.” An astoundingly low 9 percent of the country’s energy supplies currently make use of renewable sources, which leaves plenty of room for change in HVAC systems and refrigeration alike.
The on command hot water re-circulator is an awesome example of one way that HVAC and refrigeration works to help. “This product, produced by Taco, Inc., out of Cranston, Rhode Island, saves money, energy and water while delivering hot water in a timely manner. It involves installation of the ‘On Command’ pump that attaches to the hot and cold water lines under a kitchen or bath fixture in a home.” When this St Louis Refrigeration product is fired up, it permits the cool water being drained to circulate back to the water heater through the cold water line, allowing hot water to be delivered at any time 24 hours a day. Keep reading here, for more examples of green technology being offered by your St Louis Refrigeration Sales near Ladue.
Back in 2013, Obama said that the United States federal government must double its reliance on renewable energy by 2020, meaning that 20 percent of its energy supplies will need to come from renewable sources. Here at your St Louis HVAC Industrial Sales near Webster Groves, we are researching the benefits to this movement in the HVAC world and how it has had an impact thus far in what businesses are doing in this category of commercial needs.
“The added reliance on green energy has several benefits, including the ability to decrease the ‘environmental footprint’ on the plant, according to the U.S. EPA as well as to alleviate energy security issues while spurring economic growth within the U.S. Of course, this growing trend has resulted in many changes in HVAC technologies.” Some of the added revenue is stemming from all of the research that must go into HVAC changes for energy efficiency and renewal. “Companies in the U.S. and worldwide are involved in research to create more energy-efficient traditional systems as well as new types of systems that run off alternative energies, such as geothermal or solar.” Here, at your St Louis HVAC installation near Webster Groves, we continue to put effort into staying on top of the latest directives and implementing the newest policies, as well as passing them onto you.
There are seven rather new “green” technologies that have been birthed and evolved from the HVAC industry as an effect of the above government and environmental concerns. We will begin our journey through them and continue in future posts on behalf of your Commercial HVAC installation in St Louis near Webster Groves. The first green technology is the “on command” hot water heater and we will go into more detail in the posts that follow.
American 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.