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Underfloor heating: The more energy efficient option for your home

When living in a cooler area, having underfloor heating is the most economical and environmentally friendly way to heat your home. As an alternative to electrical underfloor heating, water-based underfloor heating presents those who want to live a Greener lifestyle the option of having a Green heating method. Seeing as we spend most of our time in artificial climates, both during the winter and during the summer, comfort is the most important thing to consider. Both businesses and homes can benefit from having water-based underfloor heating.

Floor heating that relies on heated water rather than electricity is not only a wonderfully healthy option but it is also a safer option for both homes and businesses. Underfloor heating systems are designed to be used in modern homes, with smart homes, in particular, benefitting from this additional smart system.

What is water underfloor heating?

The concept of providing heating to a home through the floor is not new but the latest developments have made way for environmentally friendlier options. In general, underfloor heating is the most economical way to heat your home simply because it reaches every part of your home. Unlike using individual heaters, underfloor heating provides heating beneath every floor within the home or office.

Using water to heat the floors, the method is also known as hydronic heating, only differs from electrical heating in that water is used. With water heating, a series of pipes beneath the floor boards or tiles are connected to your water heater (geyser) which then circulates warm water throughout the structure. It’s simply and easy to use, ensuring your home or office enjoys a warm winter.

The components used for water underfloor heating

  • The pipes

As mentioned, pipes are used to circulate heated water beneath your floor. Generally, the pipes will need to be laid during the construction phase of your home or office. As a part of smart, Green building, the pipes are made from environmentally safe materials and are designed to have a long lifespan. When installed, the pipes are secured to the floor to prevent movement when the water is being circulated.

  • The manifold and valves

Within the manifold, a series of valves are installed. This where the pipes will be connected and it is also the area where the temperature for each room can be controlled.

  • The thermostat

This helps to regulate the temperature automatically by opening the water circuit to release the heated water into the pipes when the temperature in the room drops below a set temperature.

  • The pump

To get the water flowing through the piping system, a pump is installed as a part of the water based underfloor heating system.

  • The heat source

The water can be heated using a number of sources including solar systems, gas geysers, electrical elements or a heat pump.

Underfloor heating is great for cooler areas.
Underfloor heating is great for cooler areas.

The advantages of having radiant floor heating

When building, one of the best decisions you will ever make is installing underfloor heating. Here are a few of the benefits that you can enjoy when installing this method of heating:

  1. Low maintenance

Considering that the piping is beneath your floorboards or tiles, it is important that the system will require as little maintenance as possible. Once the system has been fitted, it will stay in a good working condition for many years, with damage being very rare.

  1. The system is energy efficient

This means that your floor heating is not going to cost you much to run. This is a great advantage for two reasons; firstly it means that your energy bill will be kept low (that is if you are not running the system from a solar energy source) and secondly, the energy efficiency is very good for the environment. In floor heating is great at retaining heat, so your home or office is likely to stay warmer for longer even once the heating has been turned off.

While electric underfloor heating systems are also energy efficient, if you are serious about saving on your energy then the water heating system is your best option.

  1. More comfort

When your home is given consistent heating, with the temperature evenly spread throughout the building, the temperature will feel more natural and will be more comfortable.

  1. Floor heating is hygienic

No appliances to cause dampness and no place to collect dust, underfloor heating is ideal for people who suffer from allergies and who are susceptible to asthma. Radiant floor heating is beneficial in the removal of dust mites in the home.

  1. It is suitable for all kinds of floors

Whether it is under tile heating or wooden floors that you want to have, heated floors can be installed in all homes. As long as the system is properly installed, you should have no trouble and all of the benefits. Solid surfaces, however, have been proven to be more effective at equally spreading the radiant heat.

The underfloor heating price

We, at Green Leaf Alternative Solutions, aim to keep the cost of underfloor heating lower so that more people can afford the underfloor heating price. The price of the system will depend greatly on the size of the construction project. Regardless of the cost to install the system, you will be saving in the long run as your energy costs are reduced.

The team at Green Leaf Alternative Solutions is committed to helping people to live a Greener lifestyle, and we start by supplying construction companies with energy efficient water underfloor heating as well as another cost effective Green solutions.

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Turning Chernobyl into the world’s biggest solar power farm

On the 26th of April 1986, the world experienced something that has been feared since the invention of nuclear technology: a nuclear disaster. On this day the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant in the former USSR (modern Ukraine) experienced an explosion which released harmful radioactive chemicals into the atmosphere and onto the surrounding earth. The catastrophe affected over 500 000 people and 31 people lost their lives in the nuclear meltdown. Remaining a desolate area, a no-go destination for the last 30 years, there is hope that Chernobyl will have a Green makeover.

The disaster released more radiation than the combination of the atom bombs dropped during the Second World War. The legacy of what happened is seen in the genetic mutations and increased mortality rates that have plagued both the human and the animal population in the area. But now the Ukrainian government has decided it is time to give the area a new legacy, a more positive one, by turning Chernobyl into a renewable energy farm.

There is a proposal suggesting that a solar energy plant is built in the area, and if this becomes a reality, a massive 1-gigawatt of solar power and 400 megawatts of biogas will be produced every year!

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The solar farm will be the first of its kind built on a nuclear disaster zone.
The solar farm will be the first of its kind built on a nuclear disaster zone.

 

The Ukrainian government is predicting that the plant will take around 6 months to complete, with proposals for funding already being sent investment companies in the USA, the UK, and Canada. Should this plan become a reality, the plant will provide around a third of what the former nuclear plant was capable of producing.

The irony is not lost when you consider that Chernobyl remains one of the world’s biggest environmental disasters of our time, but now something Green is going to be built on the land. Not to mention that this technology is considered to be one of the world’s safest ways to produce energy.

Working on a time limit

The 6 month proposed time frame to build this solar and biomass energy plant means there is likely to be a strain on the team and on the resources. But there are two big benefits of building on this site and they are the 4GW nuclear reactor that is still in place along with power lines that can still be used.

A few of the investors who have been approached have expressed their interest, but along with a very short time limit, the money to be raised amounts to between $1 and $1.5 billion US dollars. A spokesperson for the project has said that nothing is imminent and that they are keeping an open mind. However, their top priority is to secure the necessary finances. It is also encouraging that the Ukrainian government has said that it will open the exclusion zone should the project get a financial green light.  The land cannot be used for anything else, which means that it is cheap and can be used for this exciting solar power project.

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Renewable Green power is going to be the way of the future.
Renewable Green power is going to be the way of the future.

 

There is a boom in solar power’s popularity in the Ukraine and recently a solar power plant was built north of Chernobyl.

The Ukraine will benefit greatly from having this source of electricity as it will go a long way towards the country being more independent with their access to power.

While the land won’t be habitable in our lifetime, as the plutonium isotope from the spill lasts for more than 24 000 years, the world can look forward to something good coming from an otherwise terrible event.

Looking at turning your own home or business into a solar power haven or are you a contractor looking for the best prices and most reliable products for your construction project? Green Leaf Alternative Solutions can offer you exceptional solar power products at great prices. We also have a range of other renewable energy items for you.

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Solar airplane set to change the way we see solar power

In case you missed the latest news dominating the technology headlines recently, the first solar powered airplane has circled the globe and recently, successfully completed its final journey to the United Arab Emirates. The Solar Impulse 2 has been on an interesting journey that has captured the attention of the Green community while sending a powerful message to the rest of the world about solar power.

The idea of building and launching an airplane built to solely use solar power comes from two of the biggest pioneering minds. They have achieved their goals and have created the world’s first solar-powered airplane, and to prove the impossible they have taken it on a flight around the globe, all to create awareness for the solar power cause.

Bertrand Piccard and André Borschberg are the two masterminds and their first “around the world flight” using only solar power is going to change things in the aviation industry.  An airplane that uses no fuel; the Solar impulse 2 is proof that such goals can be achieved.  Not just in the aviation industry but in other industries as well.

A journey to a cleaner world

The flight broke records when it flew for 5 days and 5 nights without fuel, and the global round trip ended in the sun-drenched United Arab Emirates.  This is the first step in proving that in the future everyone could be using solar power for flights.  It is no longer an eccentric idea but rather a reality! There are no limits to where this technology could be taken in the future.  Solar power is the way to go as it is essentially clean energy that emits no harmful gasses or requires fuels made from non-renewable sources.

Just a few years ago, solar powered airplanes would not have been as much as entertained on the drawing board.  However, thanks to ongoing development and passion this vision has come alive! Developing the right technology is exceptionally important to create the kind of world where solar power can be something used on a much larger scale.

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Flying, as we know it, requires plenty of fuel. Aircraft using solar power will require no fuel and leave no pollution, paving the way for clean air travel.
Flying, as we know it, requires plenty of fuel. Aircraft using solar power will require no fuel and leave no pollution, paving the way for clean air travel.

About the solar powered airplane

Solar Impulse 2 had immense financial backing from the legendary Piccard Family.  For three generations this family has been involved in financing exploration.  At the forefront of their innovative personalities, there has always been a concern for the environment.

The latest innovator in the Piccard family teamed up with an incredible entrepreneurial mind to bring the Solar Impulse 2 to life.  Bertrand Piccard, Andre Borschberg, and a highly skilled team came together to turn what was once a dream into reality.

The solar power airplane has been almost 20 years in the making. With the idea launched in 1999, the first prototype was built between 2007 and 2009, after years of planning, research and financing. In 2010 it lifted off and many test flights were undertaken before the trip around the world was undertaken.

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The future of solar power is looking bright.
The future of solar power is looking bright.

 

Why solar power?

There might be a few renewable energy choices out there these days, but solar power still comes out on top every time.  Why? Well after the initial set up and cost output, solar power is extremely cost effective.

Like solar geysers and solar panels found on the roofs of many homes, machinery can be similarly fit with the technology that will be used to produce solar driven power.  Why use fossil fuels to power homes and industries when solar energy is available?  Why use diesel or petrol when cars can be powered in a more environmentally friendly way?  Solar power has a lot of potential, and this flight around the world is certainly paving the way towards other solar developments and innovations.

Greenleaf Alternative Solutions is an innovative renewable energy company based in Gauteng, South Africa. Providing solar geysers, solar lights, solar panels, water recycling solutions, energy efficient air conditioners and home automation for the home as well as for the commercial sector, Greenleaf has built a reputation for being a reliable company in the field of Green technology.

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