Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Reducing the Energy Load with Ice

Ice Energy, from Windsor, Colorado, has a solution that lets you keep cool in summer and save energy. Their Ice Bear cooling unit, which plugs into air conditioners, makes ice at night, when electricity is off-peak. During the day, the Ice Bear cools the air conditioner’s coolant (usually cooled with electricity) using ice, cutting electricity consumption by as much as 30%.

Right now, the company sells the Ice Bear only for commercial buildings, but a residential version is being tested now. And many utilities are already offering huge incentives for companies to buy them. Pretty cool.

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