The 2015 AHBA Home Show is in the books! It was great to get out and talk with people about their hopes and dreams for a new home or a better home. It is apparent based on what I saw over this past weekend that folks are interested in reducing their energy dependence – either through upgrading their heating system or investing in a new hot water system. But the most interest was in regard to Solar Thermal and other renewable energy system.
KLEBS was able to partner with Kerry Gronewold and Alascorp in presenting 2 seminars at the home show focusing on Solar Thermal and integration with other heat inputs. The seminars were well attended with much discussion about projects both in the Anchorage area and more remote cabin installations.
Kerry presented the seminar wich focused on how to integrate various renewable energy sources (Geothermal, Solar Thermal, Wood Boiler, etc.) correctly into a conventional heating system. I can speak from experience that if these systems are not integrated properly and able to be monitored in real time, you as a home owner will have little confidence in exactly how the system is working. It is far from ideal to make an investment in solar or other renewable energy and not be sure how it is performing. That is where the SolarLogic controller comes in.
With SolarLogic’s SLIC (SolarLogic Integrated Controller) all those heat inputs and outputs can be controlled effectively, pulling heat from solar thermal panels when they are able to produce, and sending that energy to areas that can accept the energy the best. In some cases this energy is used right away. In other cases it is stored for use at a later time. In addition, the system has a great user interface that can be accessed from anywhere in the world by logging into the SLIC portal.
And if you made it to one of the seminars, let us know what you learned or took away from the presentation!