Sunday, November 22, 2009

What is the AFUE rating on my furnace mean??

Most of our heating devices are rated on an efficiency standard. This video explains some basic facts about the rating system AFUE.

I always recommend you purchase the highest rated AFUE furnace that you can afford. Also check on the rebates that are available. Normally the more efficient the units have better rebates becasue of the longer term energy savings.

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Prevent Lvestock Water from Freezing

Owners of livestock have to worry about water for their animals during the winter months. One of the solutions is to put a heater in the drinking water tank, this helps keep the water warm and prevents it from freezing during winter months. This solution requires electricity to power the heater.

A more modern and efficient system is a Livestock Watering Fountain. This is an engineered insulated device that keeps the water from freezing without the used of electricity. Please watch the following video to see how it works.

Please forward this link to anyone you know with cattle or horses. There are some rebates available. Check with your local utility for details.

Energy Efficiency isn't just for Home Owners

One of the larger expenses in the world of agriculture for our part of the country is electricity. Electricity is used to power the pumps that provide water for the crops. Often times we drive down the road and see these large wheel lines or pivot irrigation systems watering crops. As these systems age they often leak, these leaks are a waste of water/energy. Here is a quick video that an Eastern Oregon utility has posted. It explains some of the rebate programs that are available to farmers for improvements on their irrigation systems.

There is a real science to a modern irrigation system to water a crop. New systems use integrated management that are very efficient compared to the older manual operated systems. Not only are farmers trying to save water or energy, but there are several other items such as soil erosion and wasted fertilizer that calculated into the design of modern irrigation systems.

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Simple Energy Saving Tips

Use your head to save energy. There are a few simple solutions to save a ton of money that doesn't cost a ton. Remember the number one way to save energy and be "GREEN" is to conserve. Here's a quick little video with some good thoughts. Enjoy!!

Ductless Heat Pump

Several of the local utility companies are offering rebates on these new super efficient Ductless Heat Pumps. Here is a quick video from Cowlitz County PUD. These systems are very nice. Check with your utility to see if you are eligible for a rebate in your area.

Check this out, I think you will be very happy. You will want to make sure it's right for your situation.