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Cheaper ways to heat your Florida pool

Back in the 90’s a company I worked for was hired to create marketing materials for an innovative new line of pool heat pumps. I didn’t own a pool at the time, but I certainly had heard the stories about how expensive it was to heat them.

The guys had invented or were marketing products that resulted in 80% savings vs electrical resistance pool heating systems, and 52% vs natural gas. At the time I was thinking about putting in a pool in my new home so I tucked away one of the brochures, which I just found cleaning out my files. With savings statistics like that, I knew the company had a winner.

Fast forward and the company has since been bought out or otherwise dissolved. After the Jandy merger over a decade ago, Zodiac Pool and Spa dominates the pool heating market and is the first place to start looking for a pool heater. If you have an old system, upgrading to a new one is environmentally friendly and a whole lot cheaper to use.

Solar systems cost less to use, but they cost more to buy. It boils down to feeling good about the type of solution you’re installing and peace of mind for maintenance. This is a great comparison site for solar pool heating vs any other type of pool heating.
Heliocol solar pool heating

In our Lighthouse Point neighborhood, pool use declines significantly from December to May due to heating costs, or simply not having a heater. After spending $30,000 and up for a pool, doesn’t it make sense to keep it comfortable for use year round?

Florida renewable energy property tax exemption 2009

If you install a solar system for your Florida home, your property taxes won’t increase. Back in 2006 I wrote an article about changing our system of increasing property taxes every time you pulled a permit for home improvements. This legislation achieves the same result but only for solar or renewable energy projects, and is basically an update from prior legislation that was expiring.

Renewable Energy Property Tax Exemption

The 2008 Florida Statutes

Title XIV

Chapter 196

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196.175 Renewable energy source exemption.–

(1) Improved real property upon which a renewable energy source device is installed and operated shall be entitled to an exemption in the amount of the original cost of the device, including the installation cost thereof, but excluding the cost of replacing previously existing property removed or improved in the course of such installation.

(2) The exempt amount authorized under subsection (1) shall apply in full if the device was installed and operative throughout the 12-month period preceding January 1 of the year of application for this exemption. If the device was operative for a portion of that period, the exempt amount authorized under this section shall be reduced proportionally.

(3) It shall be the responsibility of the applicant for an exemption pursuant to this section to demonstrate affirmatively to the satisfaction of the property appraiser that he or she meets the requirements for exemption under this section and that the original cost and the period for which the device was operative, as indicated on the exemption application, are correct.

(4) No exemption authorized pursuant to this section shall be granted for a period of more than 10 years. No exemption shall be granted with respect to renewable energy source devices installed before January 1, 2009.

bailout falls short of true stimulus package- AU solar plant moves forward

Only a small fraction of the new bailout money now signed into law will actually stimulate the economy. Wouldn’t this have been a better idea? Spray-On Solar Factory to be Largest Photovoltaic Plant in Southern Hemisphere. The $60M factory could well be supplying solar technology to the US. With our universities and technology resources, we need to step up now and get moving. They may be shipping next year. What will we be doing?

The stimulus package again leaves out extending the investment tax credit for solar. Incredible.

link to specific package details
Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy

This article is also worth a look 15 Photovoltaics Solar Power Innovations You Must See