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THE LATEST NEWS ON ENERGY
SAVING SYSTEMS AND PRODUCTS
HEATSAVR LIQUID POOLS
BUSINESSES URGED TO
LOOK AT INTEREST
COVER IN ITS 6TH
FREE LOANS ON
CARBON FOOTPRINT
ENERGY SAVING YEAR
Swimming pool companies large and
small should be applying for interest
free loans of up to £200,000 from the
Bob White describes coming across Carbon Trust.
Heatsavr as his ‘Eureka’ moment. A £31m pot is now available for small
The innovative liquid pool cover product businesses to reduce their carbon
has moved on now to be in its sixth energy footprint – helping them to buy the
saving year. energy-saving equipment that can cut
“Having been involved with energy costs as well as help them to take action
conservation equipment for swimming on climate change.
pools embracing subjects as solar heating, Dragons’ Den investor, Theo Paphitis
heat pumps, environmental control, heat said: “The current economic climate
recovery etc., I was excited by the means making your business more energy
prospects which such a simple product as efficient is vital for improving your bottom
Heatsavr could offer. line as well as making your company as
“I knew from my understanding of disturbed. This layer reduces evaporation, environmentally sustainable as possible.”
energy requirements, particularly with which saves on water heating but, with The Carbon Trust loans are
regard to indoor pools, that if Heatsavr indoor pools, can reduce the cost of air unsecured, interest-free and repayable
worked it had to be a winner. Heatsavr had heating and humidity control. over a period of up to four years and
been on the North American market for 11 “This is the best energy saving product help small businesses upgrade to more
years and no one had attempted to that I have been involved with. It’s simple energy efficient equipment in the most
introduce it to the European market. to use, has a low capital outlay and cost-effective way – reducing energy
“Initially it was difficult to get Heatsavr running costs that should provide a 400 to bills and cutting their carbon footprint.
taken seriously. Liquid cover – whatever 600% return on investment.” A spokesman for Competitiveness
next!! Can’t see it or detect it in the water Heatsavr is now focusing attention on and Small Business Ministry, said that
– sounds too good to be true! Europe. So far they have dealers and swimming pool companies where there
“Most have accepted that a conventional distributors in Spain, France, Germany, was a need for higher uses of energy
pool cover must work – but with a liquid Portugal and The Netherlands and looked to be ideal candidates for loans.
cover the concept is a more difficult to grasp finalising distribution agreements for “It is a very testing time for British
and understandably most of the pioneering Sweden and Turkey. businesses facing a global downturn.
users needed to prove its worth.” Investing in energy-saving equipment
Heatsavr is a flexible cover that forms a allows businesses to cut costs, reduce
HEATSAVR
transparent monomolecular surface layer energy bills and take action on climate
pc www.heatsaver.co.uk
whenever the water surface is not too change.“
Hugh Jones, Solutions Director at the
Carbon Trust, said: “Our loans of up to
£200,000 will finance projects we know
Flue fitment aims at increasing fuel efficiency by up to 20%
businesses want to invest in and
Schools and local authorities could be heating their swimming pools on wasted energy significantly reduce both their carbon
from inefficient boilers. Large institutions – schools, hotels, and certain manufacturers emissions and their energy bills, helping
who use big and inefficient natural gas-fired boilers are often rated at maybe 80% them reduce operational costs and
efficiency, but they probably don’t hit even that modest mark on most days and these become more competitive.”
are boilers that are consuming a huge amount of fuel.
The result of inefficiency is that these huge boilers are expelling hot exhaust between
CARBON TRUST
300 and 700° a gigantic waste of energy.
pc www.carbontrust.co.uk
That’s where the condensing flue business comes in. The older and inefficient boilers
can be retrofitted with stainless steel and aluminum systems that can capture most of the
waste heat, boosting the system efficiency to as much as 97%. Basically, the system works
by transferring the waste energy into water, which can then be used for hot water. That
means, for example, that a public school might be able to heat its swimming pool with
the energy currently being wasted and still have energy left over for other purposes.
The unit is designed to reduce the operating cost of the forced draft or induced draft
equipment, by recovering almost all of this waste heat that is normally lost up the chimney.
When this recovered heat is used with the building or facilities heated water
requirements, fuel savings of 10 to 15% can be realised.
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