Recovery the heat from your drain water in Rochester, NY and Finger Lakes D
ecovery is the science of recovering wasted thermal energy going down the drain and using it to pre-heat incoming fresh cold water. One of the most substantial utility costs in all areas of life is water heating.DWHR
systems can passively recover a significant portion of that wasted energy and provide operational cost savings, prolong the life of heating appliances, and extend the run-time of hot water usage.
How does Drain Water Heat Recovery Work?
- The cold water enters your home/water heater at 43°F
- The water heater heats it to 123°F
- The shower temperature is 105°F
- The water going down the drain has cooled to 99°F
After DWHR installation:
- The cold water enters your home at 43°F
- The cold water is pre-heated to 72°F
- The water heater heats it to 123°F
- The shower temperature is 105°F
- The water going down the drain is now cooled to 73°
ACES-Energy has several ways to install your Drain Water Heat Recovery unit
The heat exchanger becomes part of your drainage stack, usually in your basement, by replacing a vertical section of the drain line. The coils become part of your fresh water supply line by diverting it through them. It can be installed with any combination of drainage pipe and fresh water piping (ie. ABS, PVC, cast iron, copper, PEX, etc). Only 4 plumbing connections are needed -- 2 for the coil and 2 for the drain (using no-hub connectors).
Units can be installed on the second floor, first floor, crawl space and basement – virtually anywhere there is access to a sufficiently tall section of VERTICAL waste pipe having waste hot water flowing through it, along with access to a cold water supply line. The heat exchanger may be installed in more than one location, as on-site conditions may allow. For best results, install as close to the exit of the main drain line as possible.
For maximum savings, use the Equal Flow configuration - plumb the pre-heated water from the unit to both the water heater and the cold line, feeding all plumbing fixtures. Preheating the cold water to fixtures like a shower significantly reduces the amount of hot water needed. This also creates an equal flow where the total preheated water being used is equal to the total water going down the drain.
ACES-Energy has purchased the Western, NY dealership for the Swing Green product line. Please contact us
for more information and a quote to install one on your next project! In addition, ACES-Energy offers a complete line of Geothermal Heating & Cooling
and Solar PV
products and installation services for the Rochester, New York and Finger Lakes area including, but not limited to Webster, Victor, Bloomfield, Pittsford, Lima, Bristol, South Bristol, Dansville, Geneseo, Batavia, Bath, Ithaca, Canandaigua, Honeoye, Honeoye Falls, and Mendon area...
Published today in the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle below.... As energy costs continue to rise, now is time to think about solar one more time. Over the past several weeks, many of our customers said they looked into solar PV in the past, and it was a 12-15 year return on investment in the Rochester and Finger Lake area of Upstate, NY. With rising energy costs, lower installation costs and longer warranties on products, we have seen roof mounted paybacks as low as four to six years. Contact u
s today for your free solar site evaluation.
Customers of an Rochester-area utility company are paying more for electricity as a surcharge kicks in to keep a power plant running.NYSEG says delivery charges are being increased to cover the cost of operating the Cayuga Generating Facility in the town of Lansing, Tompkins County, until other sources of power are found.
The company operating the plant had planned to shut it down in January, but an agreement with NYSEG and regulators will keep it running for another year.
A residential customer using 600 kilowatt-hours will pay $1.11 more each month. A small nonresidential customer with 50 kilowatts of demand that used 12,600 kilowatt-hours will pay $29 more. Large nonresidential customers with 2,000 kilowatts of demand and using 720,000 kilowatt-hours will pay $1,680 more."
ACES-Energy has purchased a building in the great village of Honeoye Falls (Mendon), NY. We plan to be a leader in the industry and offer a location where our potential customers can come and meet with our staff. This building will be an educational center with live demonstrations of our products, including but not limited to geothermal heating and cooling, solar electric and solar hot water. "We want to offer a unique educational experience with working equipment exactly how it would be installed in our customers homes. By investing in infrastructure and a showroom like this, we want to show our customers that renewable energy and ACES is here to stay! In addition, we have expanded to offer many additional residential and light commercial services in the the Honeoye Falls, Mendon, Victor, Lima and 45 minute surrounding area" said ACES-Energy President AJ Heiligman.In other exciting news, we have partnered with SunnKing
and will offer electronic recycling on site. You can simply bring your old electronics and we will recycle them for you! The address is 7288 Rush Lima Road, Honeoye Falls, NY 14472
In addition, we are now offering several other services such as:On-Demand hot water
systemsTraditional hot water tanks Radiant heatingElectric car chargingElectricalOff-grid charging stations and mobile trailers Emergency sump pump back-up systems Light excavation including irrigation, electrical, water lines, etc. Spray foam insulation Swing-Green heat recovery systems LED lighting Traditional HVAC As always, our senior service technician
is looking for the most complex systems to troubleshoot and maintain. The building season is soon upon us, be sure to get your plans to us to plan geothermal hvac in your new home!We will be on site working on the facility in the coming weeks and expect to announce a formal opening soon. In the meantime, we will still be happy to meet customers at their home or in the new showroom by appointment only.
Andrew (A.J.) Heiligman, President of ACES-Energy, who is responsible for day to day sales and operations of the business has been asked to speak at an Upstate, NY Geothermal conference. A.J. will be presenting geothermal best practices and techniques that has turned ACES into a leading geothermal contractor. Also, he has been asked to highlight his success with several unique design approaches and online remote monitoring of selected projects. The conference will be held February 20 and 21. We will post photos and presentation data is the coming months.
Updated 3-13-13 with a photo of folks who attended the seminar!
As a proponent of the Geothermal industry in the Buffalo, Rochester and Finger Lakes regions of Upstate NY we are always doing leg work to promote the technology. We commonly assist architects, engineers, builders, homeowners and students to understand Ground Source Heat Pumps.
Geothermal HVAC is not new to the area, we service systems that were installed 25+ years ago, that utilize the same refrigeration process and possess the same components that are still used today! In 2011, we replaced or upgraded several units that were installed in the early 1980’s as a preventative maintenance measure for customers who wanted increased performance from dual stage compressors and variable speed fans.
Having several engineers on staff who share a passion for renewable energy, we are always eager to push the design envelope. We are always looking for the next difficult and complex project that we can associate our name with. No job is too small and we can assist in any task from design, consultation and feasibility studies to installation, commissioning and monitoring for ideal system performance.
Please do not hesitate to contact an ACES-Energy representative to discuss your next project today!
Over the years, we are consistently involved with different aspects of geothermal heating and cooling installations.
Building a new home is typically a stressful situation and homeowners often overlook details that can have a long term effect on the monthly budget. Building an energy efficient home does not have to be difficult or increase costs. Alternative Carbon Energy Sytems, Inc. (ACES-Energy) has partnered with MGB Building Inc.
to provide customers an affordable solution to those that want to build a new home with green building practices. Enlisting the help of MJB Building and ACES-Energy in new home construction starts way before the foundation is poured or pounding any nails! We work with our customers and their architect from day one to determine the optimal building solution at an affordable cost. We show our customers how building green can be the same cost as a home without any energy conservation practices installed. We not only employ green building techniques such as Geothermal Heating & Cooling
, Solar Photovoltaic
, Solar Hot-Water
and unique insulation methods but also in the way the home is orientated and landscaping around the home.
Matt Brooks, owner of MJB Building Inc. shares a passion in energy efficient building methods and is in the process of developing a sub-division of 2+acre lots, adjacent to the Erie Canal in Spencerport, NY. Matt’s extensive experience in the new construction industry and proven track record has made him a perfect match for the ACES-Energy renewable energy team. Andrew Heiligman, President of ACES-Energy noted “Matt’s ability to work with architects and transform a homeowners vision to a custom built home is priceless. We are excited to work with Matt to provide energy efficient solutions to our customers building a new home”.
Thinking of building a new home? ACES-Energy has partnered with several “Green” architects and now with enlisting MJB Builders, proves to be one of the first companies to offer the “Total Package
” in the Upstate NY region. Please contact us
to find out more or to schedule an appointment with our Green Building Team.
was asked to visit the Ontario Elementary School's Ecology Club on April 14, 2011. Andrew Heiligman and Ted Kidd put together a one-hour presentation focusing on renewable energy, energy conservation and the simple economics of energy projects. The session was extremely interactive and proved to be a successful event that is planned to turn into a quarterly event. Ted, a BPI energy auditor showcased a blower door and put the school's gym to a test. Also, the duo presented each child with a CFL light bulb to take home and information on energy audits,which are now subsidized through the GJGNY program.