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Urgent!! We need to be proactive with Energy Efficiency!
I have a urgent message to all wallies.
Check out this article. https://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/politics/seattle-city-council-to-consider-ban-on-natural-gas-for-new-buildings/
Seattle wants to ban natural gas. This trend could be a disaster for our industry. I understand that some of you don't have an interest in fighting global climate change. But if we don't become proactive and start promoting our own energy efficiency agenda to the public, the public will leave us out!! There is going to be new laws and regulation as well as millions of dollars available to fight global climate change. Some of these laws and regulations are going to take work away from us.
This is money we can put into our own pockets, if we play our cards right!! I have posted and other wallies have posted huge energy efficiency improvement's on some hydronic systems here on the wall. Improvements over 80% in fuel bills are happening and possible!! Our biggest problem is the public looks at AFUE and assumes our equipment is as stated, 80 to 95% efficient. They don't see room for improvements. They don't think what we do is worth the effort. We need to be looking at Real World Energy Efficiency to get an idea of realistic co2 reductions and fuel savings.
A house with a hot air or air conditioned system that is uninsulated and installed in a uninsulated attic that the carpenters cut in huge fresh air ventilation to that attic could be found to be less than 5% efficient in some incidences. This is according to Real World Energy Efficiency. That means a 90% reduction in fuel bills for upgrades!!!
Attached is a slide in my green heating presentation that shows how electricity is found on average to give off more than 3 times as much co2 than natural gas. So I don't see how Seattle's solution of just ending ng is a workable solution. Don't let this logic spread. Electricity is not the answer. We are!!
Hydronics is the most comfortable and energy efficient HVAC system.