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Solar Hot Water

September 23rd, 2022

Solar hot water heating systems are a great tool for conserving energy and significantly reducing your energy bill.

Contrary to popular belief,Guest Posting solar hot water heating is not at all a new technology. Solar water heating systems have been used commercially for over a century now, with the first commercial water heater (the Climax Solar-Water Heater) going on sale in 1891 in the United States. By the year 1900, over 1600 houses in California were equipped with this solar water heater.

Due to its low cost and its effectiveness, solar hot water heating gained popularity until, by 1941, more than half the population of Florida was getting its hot water through solar water heaters!

Solar water heating only lost its popularity as a result of lowered electricity rates, and an aggressive campaign by Florida Power and Light to increase electrical consumption. This was done by offering electric water heaters at bargain prices. Thus Florida’s solar water heating was brought to halt.

The United States is not the only country with a solar water heating history. There are many other countries where solar water heating was used in the past and has since fallen out of use – but not all of them. In fact, currently more than ten million Japanese households heat their water using solar water heating systems. This is definite proof that it is a workable technology.

Important Facts about Solar Hot Water Heating Systems

* Solar water heating can be used in any climate. Sound unbelievable? Check it out on the U.S. Department of Energy website. They say so as well.

* The fuel used to run a solar water heater is sunshine. And, at the time of this writing, sunshine is free – no tax has been added yet.

* A solar hot water heater can reduce your water heating bill by fifty to eighty percent. But with energy prices going up, the amount of savings (as compared to normal prices) will soon be even higher.

* Aside from reducing your energy bill right now, a solar water heating system will protect you from future energy price increases. Your heating will no longer rely on fossil fuels for electricity.

* When building a new home, or when refinancing, the economic aspect of this becomes even more interesting.

You can, for instance, include the cost of a solar water heater with a new thirty-year mortgage package. This would usually add up to about $13.00 -$20.00 a month. Federal income tax deductions for mortgage interest would reduce the payment for the solar water heater by about $3.00 -$5.00 per month.

If your fuel savings with a solar water heating system is $15.00 or more per month (which it likely will be) you will have reduced your monthly heating bill right then and there.

* Solar hot water heating will significantly reduce your carbon footprint. It will reduce the use of fossil fuels which pollute the environment.

Dog House Heating – Do You Need It?

March 15th, 2022

We all want the best for our dogs. And sometimes we feel bad if we have to put them outside when it’s cold. After all, us humans we like it warm, and we’re all grateful for our central heating – so it’s natural to think that maybe your dog house should have heating as well.

But don’t get out the credit card just yet. I’ve seen it happen many times – someone invests in heating for their dog house, only to find that the dog would rather sit outside.

The fact is, we like it much warmer than dogs do. What’s comfortable for us, may be stifling for a dog. They have that layer of fur that we don’t have! Even short-haired breeds are better able to stay warm than humans.

Also, a well-built dog house is designed to be kept warm just with your dog’s body heat. If your dog house is the right size (which means not too big), and is well insulated (wood is naturally insulating, but many dog houses also have cavity insulation), then the odds are your dog will be toasty-warm without any need for heating.

So, if you then add a heater in – well, you’ve created a little hothouse! The heat has nowhere to go, because the dog house is designed to keep heat in. Result – one overheated dog. No wonder he prefers to sit outside!

This is often the best way to tell whether your dog house is too warm. If your dog won’t stay in the dog house, then something’s wrong, and that something may well be temperature. So watch your dog before you invest in heating. Don’t assume he needs heating – wait and see if he seems to be feeling the cold.

So when do you need heating? Well, there are two main situations where your dog will probably need a little extra help keeping warm.

One is if the dog is vulnerable to cold. That means mostly very elderly dogs, and very young puppies. So if you have a bitch with pups, and they need to stay outside, you may want to get them some heating. Similarly, sometimes tiny dogs like chihuahuas have a hard time with the cold.

The other is if you live somewhere with an especially cold climate. A little snow is usually fine, but genuinely freezing temperatures, or cold for very long periods of time, and you may want to consider heating. However, in these circumstances, you probably don’t want to be leaving your dog outside for long periods anyway. Better to give them access to a garage or basement where they have some protection from the weather.