Solar pool heating is an excellent way to save money on your utility bill. Solar pool heaters are installed on the roof of your home or business, and harness the power of the sun to heat your pool during the day. This can add up to a lot of savings over the course of the year.
Many areas of the country can only utilize their pool three or four months during the year. However, with solar pool heating you can increase that window to three or four months, so you can have as many as eight months of swimming in your pool. This really increases the value of your investment, as installing a swimming pool is usually an expensive proposition. Many pools cost over $40,000 so if you can only use three months a year, then it doesn’t make a lot of sense.
My neighbor in New Smyrna Beach had a pool built several years ago, and just recently installed a solar pool heater. She said their pool heater was installed by www.solarvolusia.com, and she said they did a very nice job. She has been very happy with the performance of this green energy investment, and her pool is much more swimmable than before. She even commented that last summer the pool actually got too warm and they had to turn them off for several days.
Along the lines of excellent green energy products, spray foam insulation in your attic is a great way to reduce your monthly power bill. It is much more effective than traditional insulation, or blown-in cellulose. It is clearly the most expensive insulation option, but also has by far the biggest savings payoff.
To work effectively, spray foam insulation is sprayed on the underside of your home’s roof deck. You have to achieve a seal so that there is no air transfer in or out of your attic to the outside air. The following shows how it is installed.
The resulting effect is an attic that is near the temperature of your home’s interior in the summer months, as opposed to being much, much warmer. So in the summer if your indoor air temperature is 78°, your attic temperature might be 140°F with traditional insulation. This difference is what forces your air conditioning to have to work so hard to keep your home full.
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