Choose the right heat/cool system for your situation

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The world is changing the way we heat and cool buildings, but we are all a part of that change. We may say cynically that too many decisions in the world are based on money, but the reality is we have to pay our bills, and we therefore have to choose green technologies that make economic sense. How much is the install (capital) cost? Or more to the point, how much is the financing and resale bump? Most important how much is the utility (operating) cost savings each month?

Lots of inventions turn out to be not as good as others; and although in general green tech is not a new invention and has decades of proof, it is being refined all the time with claimed improvements that might be untested. Heating & cooling is saving a ton of money right now, but every building and its variables are different. Before you commit enthusiastically to a new green heating and cooling system, start with an accurate fuel cost comparison. It’s not just how much the fuel costs per BTU, but also how efficient the mechanics are, both the appliances and the distribution within your building. With your green tech heating and cooling guy sitting next to you go to http://www.BuildingGreen.com/calc/fuel_cost.cfm and get him to honestly estimate some numbers to put into the calculator to make sure you are making a wise decision. (Then get 2 more quotes and do the same exercise with those heating and cooling people) Then go get a good deal from your bank manager on the financing.

 

NASA scientist proves for the last time that Earth is way too hot

COFFIN NAILED SHUT ON CLIMATE DEBATE

You would never argue that smoking is good for you, because everyone knows someone who has died early from smoking. It’s right outside our door. It’s hardly a theory. Now NASA scientist James Hansen has published a study proving that the planet is too hot, and it’s not a theory. Hansen has continuously made accurate predictions about droughts, extreme weather, Arctic melting and climate science for 30 years. This illustration from his study makes it very real.

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Hansen says that: “Our analysis shows… a stunning increase in the frequency of extremely hot summers, with deeply troubling ramifications…for the extreme hot weather of the recent past, there is virtually no explanation other than climate change…When I testified before the Senate in the hot summer of 1988…I painted a grim picture (and still) I was too optimistic.”

See Hansen’s summary in the Washington Post:

“Climate Change is here -and worse than we thought”