I agree. They need to define their goals. Is the point to save the most money or make the biggest impact on their carbon footprint?  What kind of demand for hot water and/or for space heat do they have?  Do they have a range of money they have to spend on these projects?  What fuels and technologies will they be replacing?


However, it is an interesting question that will require some thought regardless of the answers. 


Jeffrey W. Forward, LEED® AP

Forward Thinking Consultants

2899 Hinesburg Rd

Richmond, VT  05477


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From: VGBN Discussion [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Robert Riversong
Sent: Wednesday, April 23, 2008 6:59 PM
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Subject: Re: Solar Hot Water for a residence?


Those are two completely different systems: one for domestic hot water and one for space heating. So what are your friend's goals and what are the issues being juggled?

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From: Michelle Smith Mullarkey <[log in to unmask]>
Subject: Solar Hot Water for a residence?
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Date: Wednesday, April 23, 2008, 5:10 PM


I have a friend who is debating between installing a solar hot water system, or a pellet stove, and I would like to ask VGBN member's opinions.

Could you please include vendor contact information with your suggestions, and references of home owners with either systems, or both?

Lastly, please feel free to respond to "[log in to unmask]" directly, and/or to "[log in to unmask]"- not "[log in to unmask]".

Many thanks!




Michelle Smith Mullarkey

Green Building Coordinator

Capital Planning and Management

109 So. Prospect Street

The University of Vermont

Burlington, VT  05405


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