|F R E E A I R E a "cool" nobrainer energysaver!
||[Oct. 25th, 2007|07:30 am]
Free Commercial Refrigeration From Now Until March!!
[yah it’s a rehash, but then again its getting on that time of year]
Today, in 21+ States and all across Canada there are two things you can be certain of; one, no matter how tasty it looks, do not lick any metal outside! And two, across these 21 states 9 provinces and two territories, there are countless walk-in refrigerators (corner stores, beer stores, restaurants, butcher shops, grocery stores…) and no matter that it’s colder outside than a witches… almost each and every one of these walk-ins is using an insane amount of energy (2-3KwH to ‘frigerate’ the air and keep everything cool & fresh. I say ‘almost’ because there are some—the few, the brave in Vermont, Ontario, Mass, NH and TX(!) who have already gotten hooked up with the BRILLIANT FreeAire. And this one is really a no-brainer.
See, as the tradition goes, walk-in fridges are built inside the buildings, which are heated all winter long. So the temperature inside the walk in has to be cooled down around 21°c. So what Richard Travis invented in Vermont years ago, is a series of ducts and sensors that allow the air conditioning to stop the moment the temperature outside dips below a preset minimum, and instead intakes cool outdoor air. I mean seriously, how much of a no-brainer is this one? Here, let’s look at the AC costs for a small Mom & Pop shop in New England:
…and this is what it costs after installing FreeAire:
And look at that payback! Its not too tough to sell an innovation when it amortizes in 1.5 Years. And if it’s truly 1.5 lbs of CO2 for every KWh we generate, then the little unit illustrated above will save roughly 20 Tons of CO2 from being emitted each year (and imagine just how many walk-ins there are)! This is what some would call a triple win win win (and yes I have mentioned this before and I thought others would have blabbed about it, but I figure its cold outside, the silliness is still going on, and plus I’m stoked that someone in my own hometown is now selling them, woo hoo!