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Get Green! This group is for those who are building (or have built) a "Green" log home using sustainable methods such as solar, wind, and geothermal energy. Also we will be discussing getting back to nature, organic gardening, and other topics.

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Latest Activity: Nov 3, 2015

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Comment by Craigmandu on June 4, 2009 at 10:58am
Hello there,

My wife and I have recently decided that we plan to build a log home on a plot of land (5 acres or more) in the eastern/southeastern va or northeastern NC area in approximately 6 years.

I am very interested in researching solar and wind power prices and to try to get realistic expectations from it. Can any of you point me in a good direction to start research. The internet is full of good info, but it all seems targetted and not really objective.
Comment by Randy Esposito on May 20, 2009 at 5:17pm



Recent Solar Hot Water Installation we did. Shows a ground mount install. You don't have to place your panels on the roof if you can get a good southern exposure on the ground.
Comment by Michael John Estergren, Sr. on May 20, 2009 at 3:05pm
Hello to all. New to the group. I am Mike Estergren,Sr and my Susan Wickliff.
Comment by Glenn V on April 23, 2009 at 8:24pm
Thanks Greg . Sorry for not replying sooner. I had been out of town.
Comment by Greg Beck on April 19, 2009 at 6:22pm
Hi Glen, I got an email from living with ed, they send me his news letter now, its pretty cool, if u guy's wanted to see the a/c misting unit just for kicks, here's the link coolnsave, I got alot of replies about the misting unit but not one about the kvar energy saving unit my buddy bought one and had it installed and is saving 20.00 a month on electric and it's not even peak season yet, I think there a great product, he paid around 250.00 on ebay. Greg
Comment by Glenn V on April 13, 2009 at 9:14am
Thanks Joe. I know that the towers circulate water but there is a reservoir and the water is stored there so the water is reused. I guess I was going off of what I had heard on the news way back when. But what I ment was with a standard outside A/C unit they are open to the weather and are designed to drain and not hold any water unless its one of the new window units that hold water from condensation to self mist from the fan blades splashing water up on to the coil. I know some have talked about Legionaires with open solar water systems and it has been hotly debated back and forth.
Comment by Joe on April 13, 2009 at 1:34am
Glen,
Just as a followup on Legionaires disease, it can form if there is any source of improperly treated water, it can be moving or standing, it is a question of forming the bacteria.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Legionellosis
A/C units that have a water chilling "tower" must have chemicals put in the water to kill the bacteria. Hot tubs are a good example of a source of disease unless properly maintained. Bacteria loves that warm water and doesn't care if you are skinny dipping.

Joe
Comment by Glenn V on April 13, 2009 at 12:18am
Randy Esposito who is a member here sells hot water systems so maybe you can message him. I would be happy to help if I can.
Comment by Glenn V on April 12, 2009 at 11:58pm
The controller is digital readout and adjustable in that you can set on and off temps. It heats the water in the tanks up to 175 degrees and is a closed system in that it heats the hot water for the hot water heater thru a coil to transfer the heat. There are sensors for the tanks so when they get so warm it will shut off and for the hot water to shut it off. Also for the myson heaters it has to be I think around 100 degrees for them to come on. It works great. The pumps are typical low amp pumps used like for hydronic heat so the system uses very little electricity.
Comment by Glenn V on April 12, 2009 at 11:43pm
I have solar hot water on my roof. It is water based and a drain back system that goes thru a controller. It has thermo sensors by the roof panels to let it know when it is warm enough to turn the pumps on. This heats all my hot water spring thru fall and a lot of the winter as well as I have a myson heater for the basement. When it is cloudy or night the pump shuts off to the collectors and then they drain back down into the 2 80 gallon storage tanks in the basement.

 

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