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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 .

Submitted by 1 year ago

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  1. 1) This site, and certainly this topic, is not the right place for vendors to pitch their products. What the participants need to consider is that an item is either on the 'Approved Equipment List' or it is not. The question should be: If it is not on the list is it is it worth obtaining?

    2) Flood water can easily damage electrical system components including service panels, meters, switches, and outlets. Even if they are inundated for only short periods, electrical system components usually have to be replaced.

    Short circuits in flooded systems pose an increased potential for fire. Raising electrical system components helps avoid such problems. It makes sense to raise all components of the electrical system, including wiring, above the base flood level identified on the NFIP's Flood Insurance Rate Map for the location. Additional elevation of electrical components above the recommended level further reduces the risk. Licensed contractors ensure that electrical system modifications are performed correctly and according to all applicable codes.

    3) Unanchored heating oil or propane tanks can be easily moved by flood waters. Losing these tanks results in major costs and inconvenience to their owners. If dislodged, these tanks also pose serious threats to public safety and to the environment.An outside tank can be secured by running straps over it and attaching the straps to ground anchors.

    1 year ago

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