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Old 05-07-2007, 11:57 PM   #11
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Nice. No solar at my house yet because I still live with my parents who aren't particularly keen on doing anything that isn't immediately financially rewarding in order to help the environment. It's actually kind of strange that I have neo-con parents and I ended up being something of an eco-anarchist.
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Old 05-08-2007, 12:05 AM   #12
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It's actually kind of strange that I have neo-con parents and I ended up being something of an eco-anarchist.
I tell you: children tend to become the opposite of their parents, they appear resent them that much .
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Old 05-08-2007, 06:25 AM   #13
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On demand water heaters aren't really that good. They create a massive power spike that is much higher than that necessary for a tank based heater.
I assume you are referring to electric on-demand heaters? the vast majority of systems installed in my area are gas, I've actually never even seen an electric in the Champlain valley. While still a fossil fuel, they consume way less to the stuff.
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Yeah, I'm talking about the electric ones. Gas lines are a rarity in my area, so everything is electric.
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Yeah, electric heat is not even concievable in my area, even with domestic hot water, you basiclly just do it grudgingly out of nessecity (no gas line near a rural home for instance) Unforutnately solar isn't quite as sexy an option here as it is down your way, but still viable.

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Then again... I still like my parent's water tank system.... It's a solar feed heat system... Takes in "warm" water from the tank - passes through a solar panel -- feeds back into the tank. All powered by a PV panel/pump. The tank never turns on during the day. Now if I could convince them to put it on a timer to shut off at night...
Does that system use a heat exchanger?
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