While everyone is extolling their own particular green story, I’ll explain to you Electric Thermal Storage (ETS) It does sound pretty technical, however what it does is switch the electric heating usage (load shifting) from the highest peak time when everyone is drawing on our hydro resources, (high peak) to a time at night and the weekends (low off-peak) where our hydro draw is so low that the cost per kilowatt hour is lowered to about 1/3 of the high peak period to try to promote its use at that time.
This does two things, it saves the user 20% to 40% on their personal heating cost, and switches the power demand from the highest peak to the lowest, to utilize the previously under used power. This relieves the power companies need to construct new power plants at the cost of hundreds of thousands of dollars just to provide an uninterrupted service for the high and mid range peak times. This product switches the draw to a very under utilized time period.
This particular type of system is a proven product, having been successfully used in Europe for over 70 years. It has been extensively upgraded and modified and is in use in the U.S.A. for more than 36 years. Without getting too complex, the following is a very brief explanation of how it works.
Electric heating elements lie with-in specially designed high density-ceramic bricks capable of storing vast amounts of heat for extended periods of time. During off-peak hours, when electricity costs are lower, the unit will store electric energy as heat. This stored heat is used to satisfy immediate heating requirements and to provide total comfort during peak hours, (during the day) when the power company’s demand for electricity and associated costs are high.
Power company’s generally offer substantial discounts (up to 40% or even greater in some cases) for electricity used during the off-peak hours. With this rate discount, consumers can realize significant savings in their energy bills when compared to alternate heating options.
These units are designed to fit almost any application, from new construction, to a replacement for existing centrally ducted systems, to room units and hydronic systems.
Your existing furnace can be replaced by the full sized stand alone forced air (ETS) system that provides a whole house heating solution. This system can be interfaced with a conventional central air-conditioner, a heat pump, air cleaner or any unit now installed on a conventional furnace.
With the (ETS) hydronic system you can enjoy the benefits of radiant heating with the low cost of off-peak operation. Add the optional air handler and you will have the ability to receive the combination of forced air heating / cooling, along with off-peak radiant hydronic heating throughout your home.