Energy Efficient Pools & Pump Conservation

You can spare valuable energy and maintain  optimal swimming pool temperatures by using a compact, high efficiency pump and by operating it less often.

In a study of 200 pools by the Green Energy Conservation at The University Of Texas-Arlington, many pool owners saved as much as 80% of their original pumping costs when they applied these energy conservation tactics.

THE SIZING OF THE PUMP

The bigger the pump, the higher your overall pumping and maintenance expenses. Therefore, you want to use the smallest scale pump available for your swimming pool. When selecting the proper size pump, you should always take time to research a pool builders design chart. Using the chart, line up  the hydraulic characteristics of the pump to both the piping and the pool’s flow schematics. For an advanced solar heating system, you also need to consider the need to pump the pool’s water to and inside the collector.

 

OPERATING THE PUMP

Pool pumps often run longer than needed. Constantly circulating your pool’s water keeps the chemicals mixed and removes nasty debris. However, as long the water circulates while chemicals are present, they should typically stay mixed. It’s really not necessary to recirculate the water everyday to take out the debris, most debris can be removed using a vacuum or skimmer. Additionally, more circulation doesn’t necessarily reduce the rapid growth of algae. Alternately, using chemicals in the water and scrubbing the pool walls are considered the best practice.

Reduce your filtration time to 8 hours per day. If the water doesn’t appear clean, increase the timing  to half-hour increments until results are achieved. In the Texas study, most people who reduced pumping to less than 3 hours per day were still satisfied with the water’s overall quality. On average, this saved them 65% of their electricity bill for pumping.

You can easily install a programmed timer to handle the pump’s cycling. If debris is an issue, use a timer that can activate the pump for multiple short periods over the course of the day. Running the pump continuously for, say, 4 hours leaves the other 20 hours a day for the pool to collect debris. Short cycles are more effective keep the pool cleaner throughout the day.

Make sure to keep the intake grates free of debris.Drains that are clogged up require the pump to work harder, which expends more energy.Also make sure to backwash your filter appropriately. Backwashing too often wastes water, while not backwashing wastes valuable energy by forcing the pump to work harder.

Green Kitchen Remodels In Vail

As a general contractor at Trinity Builders here in Vail Colorado going green has been a major priority these days.There has never been more demand for eco-friendly kitchen remodeling especially since it’s cost effective and great for the environment here in Colorado.

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Although environmentally friendly, or ‘green’ kitchen projects are usually perceived as more expensive remodeling projects, kitchen cabinet refacing can offer the homeowner the opportunity to cost effectively remodel or renovate their kitchen while meeting very eco-friendly environmental standards.I have come up with 4 easy options that homeowners should consider and take advantage of for their future kitchen remodel project.

Green Kitchen Option 1:  Reduce: 

By only replacing the cabinet drawers and doors and refacing the cabinet boxes, cabinet refacing uses much less wood than new cabinetry, which conserves and preserves our woodlands.There are also certain species of wood that are considered green that can be used in addition.

Green Kitchen Option 2:  Reuse:

By reusing the existing cabinet boxes as apposed to discarding them, you avoid adding hundreds of pounds of wood to garbage.  Additionally, since the original cabinet boxes are being utilized, the emission of urea-formaldehyde resins sometimes found in new plywood is avoided.

Green Kitchen Option 3:  Recycle:

Here at Trinity Builders we are  proud to work with manufacturers who are committed to recycling and going green across the board.There are many suppliers here in Colorado who exclusively use recycled material in all of their products.

Green Kitchen Option 4:  Reface:

Cabinet refacing is an excellent option for your kitchen remodel.It’s very cost effective and is very good for the environment.The process saves precious wood and reduces waste.

Contact us here at Trinity Builders if you would like more information about green options for your kitchen remodeling project.We are committed to helping you go green and enjoy the satisfaction of knowing you are doing your part to help sustain our environment.

Recycling In Construction

 

Construction products like plastic wall cladding have many  useful advantages, such as great looks , improved hygiene, trouble free installation, low maintenance and  custom properties. Plastic wall claddings, fascias and  soffits are extremely popular and heavily used in the majority construction industries.

However, plastic has a bad reputation in construction as a non-recyclable and environment unfriendly material.Because of this the campaign to recycle plastic and produce construction products from recycled plastic can be very important step forward for construction companies.

Wall claddings,fascias,soffits and can easily be made from recycled plastic. There are a number of other important construction products being made from recycled plastic including  water drainage, pipes and ducting,damp proof membranes, roofing materials,scaffolding planks, piling and ground stabilization, custom decking and flooring materials and premium fencing.

 

What are the Sources for Plastic Raw Materials?

Post-consumer and post-industrial plastic waste is a major source of recycled plastic. Quite often, this recycled plastic is blended with recycled wood to make a wood-polymer composite which is very strong and durable.

Plastic water bottles, bags and wrapping film provide valuable recyclable polyethylene, vending cups,CD cases, and food packaging yield polystyrene for recycling. Recyclable PVC is can also be obtained from windows and industrial products.

Why Use Recycled Plastic Products In Construction?

Definite business advantages can be obtained from using recycled plastic materials.

COST: Recycled plastic products are very durable and long lasting, they are very low maintenance  and do not encounter from such problems rotting and mold .Therefore, the costs over the years of recycled plastic products will be  much lower and they will be excellent value for money.

VERSATILITY AND STRENGTH:Plastic has high strength-to-weight ratio. Light products mean easier easier handling and increased functionality. Plastic is extremely versatile with a complete of construction products being made with recycled plastic. You could easily complete most projects in the form of recycled plastic construction products.

PREFERENCE IN THE MARKET: Local construction contracts are easier to win if you can show that you are using environmentally sustainable products. Even large corporations  are beginning to give preference to contractors with a reputation for using recycled products and offering higher bids on head to head projects.

ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT: By using recycled plastic products, you are doing your part to care for the environment. This can go a very long way in generating goodwill  and positive branding that can benefit your business.

In Conclusion.

Recycling used plastic consumer and industrial products is now a reality. Plastic product manufacturers  worldwide use recycled plastic as raw material, sourcing their requirements from plastic waste such as bottles, and discarded industrial plastic products.The shift in consumer spending continues to favor environmentally sound business that feature their commitment to better the planet.