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Live Green Expo coverage April 20, 2009

Posted by bibliosk8 in sustainability.
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GreenRoost.com did a nice writeup of the expo, so I’ll just point to it rather than rehashing a bunch of stuff.

So after the Expo, of course, I’ve been thinking a lot about how to improve the energy efficiency of our home. Right of the top of my head I can think of at least 10 places we are leaking energy, and all should be fairly easy to fix. Some of the other solutions are a bit moreĀ  expensive. For instance, I’ve been interested in solar water heating for some time. I checked a couple of systems out, and they were around $6500. After some rebates, that equates to (according to the vendors) about a three year payback time, which isn’t bad.

But looking at some of these more expensive projects, it got me wondering about the effect our highly mobile society has on such things. How willing are people going to be to invest that kind of money in a home they don’t plan to stay in. Usually, people want to be able to “get there money” back out of their house when they sell it. Hopefully the average home buyer will become more hip to the benefits of some of these systems and learn to value them.

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1. GreenRoost - April 21, 2009

It’s a shame solar heating systems are expensive : ( I’ve read somewhere that solar heating industry got going in the early 1900s, and a few good models were invented, manufactured and widely used in California and other sunny states, but than all was replaced with the gas heaters. May be we can dig out some of the drawings from a century ago : )
My mom has a very basic one in her summer house (it is VERY basic – a black barrel that sits on top of 4 poles : ). But it works well in summer in the second part of the day, assuming the day is sunny, of course.


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