Energy Saving Solutions for The Winter

energy saving in winterBusinesses that want to remain in business for longer and increase their profits have to employ certain measures, such as implementing energy saving solutions during extreme weather seasons like winter. These ideas do not apply to homeowners only, but they are beneficial to businesses and commercial properties too. Implementing these measures can lead to a reduction in heating and lighting costs, as well as attract eco friendly government incentives, which is a huge advantage for environment conscious businesses.

Solar panels

Solar panels absorb sunlight directly convert it into usable and safe electricity, and have proven to be one of the cleanest energy sources. The main advantage with solar is that it is a free and renewable source of energy, and after installing the panels, it requires minimal or no maintenance at all. The panels use photovoltaic effect that react to sunlight creating electrons, providing ample energy for commercial buildings and homes and consequently ample savings. Depending on the size of the building, they can provide up to 70% of its heating.

Air Source Heat Pumps

Air source heat pumps absorb heat from the air, then pumps through a compressor to enhance temperatures for heating businesses and homes. The main advantage of using heat pumps is pollution reduction, and depending on the size and efficiency, you can reduce carbon footprint by about 800 to 5410 kilograms of carbon dioxide per year. These pumps are very easy to install unlike ground source heat pumps, and do not take up a lot of space since you mount them on a wall where they receive sufficient light from the sun during the day.

Ground Source Heat Pumps

Ground source heat pumps derive heat from the ground, to use for heating offices homes, water, and other domestic heating purposes. Notably, they are of the least utilized form of clean energy though more people are now appreciating them.

One of the main advantages of using this form of renewable energy is carbon foot print reduction. However, the actual impact will depend on the energy source you are replacing, though on average one can expect to reduce carbon emissions by about 350 to 5410 kilograms of carbon dioxide yearly. They are entirely tacked away underground unlike other systems, which is an advantage, though on most occasions you will need authorization to install them.

Underground temperatures remain unchanged all year round making ground source heating systems efficient for winter heating. Because they remain effective even in extreme winter conditions, they are very effective for underfloor heating systems compared to traditional heating with electricity. Additionally, they require minimal maintenance; actually, they are virtually maintenance free and come with a long warranty.

Biomass boilers

Biomass boilers are another energy efficient way to heat up businesses in winter. These boilers work by burning waste wood, animal waste, food, or other high-energy plants to generate energy and heat and you can even link them up to a hot water heating or a central heating system. Depending on your needs, there is a wide variety to choose from and one can use them for both domestic and commercial purposes.

For more information about reducing heating costs, visit the Ecosphere website.


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One Comment

  1. Posted October 24, 2012 at 2:24 pm | Permalink

    Very useful and good overview. We have been using air source heat pumps for several years in our house. Warmly recommend.

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