staying warm, staying green
The Energy Department says 2009 Americans emit 0. 15 billion tons of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere every year for heating and cooling.
So, if you have two homes, what can you do to build a second home, which is usually empty and more energy --efficient?
In addition to taking simple steps like installing a programmable thermostat to make sure the house is in good condition --
You can also consider a larger range, which means a heating system.
\"When you say green, it can mean a lot of different things,\" says Kent W . \"
Peterson, chief engineer, P2S Engineering, Long Beach, California
And former president of the American Society of Heating, Refrigeration and Air
Air conditioning engineer
\"It could mean energy efficiency or reducing our carbon footprint.
Fortunately, you may already have a green heating system in your second home: Everpopular wood-
\"Although we may think they are contaminated, they are actually considered biomass.
Renewable energy . \"Peterson said.
It also does not waste energy when you do not use the fireplace.
To take advantage of the heat from the fireplace, homeowners can install fans and move warm air throughout the house.
Another effective warm choice for advertising is called the ground.
Source heat pump, sir.
\"It\'s nothing more than an air --
The adjustment device that runs in reverse to generate heat and runs the process in another way to generate heatC.
AdvertisementHe added: \"It has water --
Enter the ground and come back to the pipe loop that actually uses the Earth as its radiator.
So even if the outside is probably zero, the Earth\'s temperature is still 65 degrees, as long as you drop a few feet.
\"Since the pump uses nature to heat and cool, you can reduce the amount of electricity used by these functions by 30 to 40%.
Radiant heating using electricity, hot water or hot air to heat the floor is often praised for its comfort (
Who doesn\'t like the bare-footed baking floor? ).
\"If you have a car and turn on the heating, it\'s forced --
Air heating . \"Peterson said.
\"But if you open your seat, it\'s radiant.
It is very efficient because it will not waste too much heat.
You can turn the room temperature down a bit and it\'s still very comfortable.
With forced air, you can heat up a lot of space that doesn\'t require heat. ”A home-
The newly-launched heating system combines eco-friendly fuels with electricity.
This is Freewatt (
By ECR International)
It works through cogeneration.
\"Thomas Edison\'s first plant had a cogeneration,\" said Michael papalin, chief executive of ECR International.
\"You only need one fuel and it will give you two kinds of energy.
\"Here, the system pairs natural gas, propane furnaces or boilers with generators that generate electricity and heat.
There are two ways for this system to get a green nod.
First of all, the stove is considered super efficient, which reduces your carbon footprint (
Harmful greenhouse gases you release)
At 60%, this figure is equivalent to the fact that ECR International does not drive within six months.
Second, any power you don\'t use can be returned to the grid (
Your power company)
Credit on your bill
\"If you live in a cold place, the electricity bill is about half,\" Mr. Paparone said. For second-
In the absence of a stove, the homeowner who keeps the stove low to prevent the pipe from freezing means that the system is generating electricity continuously and can provide credit to the grid.
The downside is that you can\'t connect this system to your existing stove;
You have to buy brand new stuff from ECR and the installation cost is about $20,000.
\"It\'s competitive or cheaper than solar or geothermal systems . \"Paparone said.
Remember that no matter what kind of ecology
You can choose not just the system components that will cost you;
Depending on where you live, fuel prices can be a factor.
\"As far as I\'m concerned, I\'m in Idaho, where electricity prices are very low . \"Peterson said.
However, he added that if his second home was in a place like California, \"it would be much cheaper to have no electricity for any type of heating.
So, in the end, your decision may have to do with a completely different kind of green.
A version of this article appears on the print on Page D2 of the New York edition, with the title: keep warm and keep green.
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