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3 Energy Efficient Solutions To Retrofit Old Boilers With Renewable Energy

by Marvin Gilbert

If you want to have a more energy efficient boiler, then retrofitting your system with geothermal, biomass or solar water heaters is a great way to reduce energy consumption. Geothermal will give you energy stored in the earth, while biomass will give you an alternative fuel resource and solar energy can be used with an existing boiler. Here are a few different ways to upgrade your existing boiler with renewable energy resources:

1. Updating Your Boiler with Geothermal Energy

There is energy stored within the Earth that boilers can tap into. You may want to consider installing a geothermal system, which can be used for more than just a boiler; with geothermal energy, you will be able to improve the efficiency of all mechanical systems. The geothermal system can be designed to improve the efficiency of heating, cooling and refrigeration systems in businesses and AC and heating in homes.

2. Using Solar Water Heaters to Provide Boilers with Energy

Solar energy is another way that you can improve the energy efficiency of your boiler. Boilers are systems that use hot water for heating, and even old outdated boilers can be updated with solar energy. The installation of solar water heaters can provide boilers with thermal energy they need, which will in-turn reduce the energy consumption of these systems. The solar collectors provide the hot water to the conventional boiler, which uses less energy in return. If the solar water heater is a sole source of hot water, then it needs to have an auxiliary backup, such as a propane water heater.

3. An Alternative Renewable Fuel with Biomass Boilers

Biomass is an older type of renewable energy that is just as relevant today. Biomass is any organic material that can be used as fuel, such as forestry and agricultural waste. These materials can be raw in the form of wood chips or firewood, or it can be in a pellet fuel form. Biomass is a renewable form that can be supported by responsible forestry management and replace traditional carbon fuels. Biomass boilers use less energy than conventional gas and electric boilers and many existing boilers can be retrofitted to use biomass fuels.

These are some of the options that you may want to consider for updating your existing boiler with renewable energy resources. Contact a boiler installation service, such as Purvis And Foster Inc, and talk with them about some of these options for an energy efficient boiler that uses renewable energies. 

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