Renewable Energy

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Renewable Energy Features

There are other sources of energy besides the traditional electric grid and use of heating oil. These come from renewable sources such as the sun, wind, water, the earth and its resources. The ones that are commonly used in our buildings are solar power, hydro-power (water), wind turbines, geo-thermal heat pumps, and bio-fuel (fuel from natural materials). Solar power may be acquired through photovoltaic (PV) panels for electricity, or through batch collectors on the roof for water heating. The sun's electricity is converted to usable power, and either used on site or returned to the grid for a credit to the Owner. Location and orientation is important for this feature to be successful.

Ground source heat pumps are a popular form of renewable energy. Geothermal wells are created based on the size and type of system required. They may be closed or open loop, deep or shallow wells, etc. These are generally used for air conditioning and heating. Biofuel is also becoming popular – ethanol (from corn), and waste byproducts are being used to heat our buildings. This may require retrofitting of the burner and boiler.

With all of these features, an initial investment should be expected and the payback varies; tax credits are available to offset the initial investment. Our team analyzes then measures project costs and energy savings, including lifecycle costs and credits. We then make a collective decision with our client whether to proceed based on his/her needs, budget, and time constraints.

DesignerG Services – Creative Energy Management provides a full suite of energy efficiency consulting services. Contact us for an initial consultation.