Proposed FY2013 National Preparedness Grant Program

EMERGENCY HEAT AND ELECTRICITY DURING POWER OUTAGE

PROPANE OR GASOLINE DRIVEN GENERATORS ARE USED FOR MAINTAINING HEAT DURING POWER OUTAGES THESE SYSTEMS COST UP TO $30,000 AND REQUIRE FUEL FOR OPERATION. SOLARCHANGE LLC. OF BRIDGEPORT CT HAS A SOLAR THERMAL SYSTEM THAT CAN PROVIDE HEAT WITH BASEBOARD HYDRONIC DISTRIBUTION WITH THERMAL ENERGY STORED BEFORE THE POWER OUTAGE. BASEBOARD HYDRONIC HEAT CAN BE DRIVEN WITH A PUMP THAT USES LESS THAN 50 WATTS OF ELECTRICAL POWER, WHICH CAN BE DRIVEN BY A SMALL, LOW COST BATTERY BANK , RECHARGED WITH A FEW PV SOLAR PANELS. WITH FEDERAL AND STATE SOLAR REBATES SUCH A SOLAR SYSTEM CAN BE INSTALLED FOR LESS THAN $15,000 AND CAN PAY ITS COST BACK IN LESS THAN 10 YEARS IN YEAR ROUND DOMESTIC HOT DOMESTIC WATER .

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