H2O Blankets, LLC - Natatorium Energy Conservation
NATATORIUM
ENERGY - OPERATIONS - BUDGET
 CONSERVATION


 
GREEN SUSTAINABILITY IS BETTER BUSINESS
BLANKETS SIMPLY STOPPING EVAPORATION
DELIVER REMARKABLE BENEFITS
 
 
       •  REAL ENERGY EFFICIENCY
       •  REAL WATER CONSERVATION
       •  REAL ENVIRONMENTAL BENEFITS 
       •  REAL CORROSION  PREVENTION
       •  REAL ECONOMIC ADVANTAGES
 
 
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SUSTAINABILITY
 
          50% ENERGY
          50% WATER
          50% CORROSION
          50% FINANCIAL
 
REALLY BIG DEAL
 
 
POOL EVAPORATION  is essentially the physics of heat loss and humidity gain  -  stopping it saves energy and money, reducing air issues, corrosion, and ventilation.   Blankets achieve extraordinary benefits simply.
 
POOLS ARE ENERGY HOGS....
Blankets are a low-risk operational solution for the energy crisis, water drought conditions, CO2 emissions, and escalating expenses.  Future strategic trends for sustainable natatoriums must include major improvements in air quality, water conservation, energy efficiency, and cost containment.
 
CRITICAL RESEARCH  -  DOE, EERE, EPA 
Theoretical and applied government energy research for 25 years (peer-reviewed annually) shows covering indoor pools at night saves 50% to 70% of total daily energy consumption.  Blankets significantly reduce HVAC required ventilation and energy (electricity) demand for dehumidification.
 
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MEGA-TRENDS
 
U.S. & GLOBAL TRENDS...  Studies show energy and water will be top priority for decades.  Alternative energy sounds glamorous, but pools can focus capital on energy efficiency for the greatest returns.
 
NATATORIUM TRENDS...  Studies show increasing importance for energy efficiency, water conservation, (IAQ) health and environmental concerns.  An ever-evolving need for green consciousness.  But foremost is the competitive need for reducing financial costs. 
 
Most indoor pools will eventually employ blankets out of financial necessity, common sense, or environmental decree.
 
Conserving water, conserving energy, healthier air, reducing business operating costs  =  fundamental ongoing necessities.
 
Sustainability is not just a green option  -  it is fundamentally good business sense to use less resources and to cut operating costs.
 
New building energy codes make pool blankets mandatory.
 
COST TRENDS...
  • Gas costs skyrocketed, plummeted, will stay low longer
  • Electricity costs for dehumidification will continue higher
  • Water costs continue up, conservation is critical
  • Labor costs continue up
  • Green compliance is exploding
  • Energy efficiency performance will become mandatory
  • Blankets cut ALL these operating costs in half for natatoriums
 
 
95% OF NATATORIUMS
DO NOT USE BLANKETS...  Why? 
Because they traditionally are a hassle  - major time, labor, handling, storage issues.  We engineered new methods making it all much easier. One single whole-pool blanket, one uniquely efficient auto system.
Fast and easy  -  like you never ever imagined it could be.
 
STOPPING EVAPORATION...    evaporative heat loss, otherwise known as evaporative cooling, is the result of differential temperatures (warm pool water vs. cool outside air) seeking equilibrium.  Water evaporates using heat (thermodynamics) to transform liquid to gas.  Covering water stops evaporation physics.  Energy is retained.
 
RETAINING HEAT...   The warmer the pool water and the cooler the outside air, the greater the evaporation rate.  It's like leaving the windows of your house open all winter while trying to heat it.  Or leaving them open all summer while turning on the air conditioner to counter the heat, which in natatoriums constantly evaporates off the pool.  Covering a pool does two things  -  stops evaporation and retains existing heat.
 
ENERGY STORAGE... Water is an excellent storage medium for heat energy, and where better than in swimming pools as storage vessels?  Since the natural evaporation process is accelerated by water-air temperature differentials, these storage vessels must be covered when convenient at night to limit heat losses.
 
STOPPING HUMIDITY... dehumidifiers &heat recovery mechanical systems in natatoriums require lots of electric energy.  Simple question  - why not cover the source of humidity (warm pool water) to physically keep the Btu's from escaping?  Simple physics  -  use a vapor barrier blanket, virtually stop water vapor transformation and heat loss, reduce the virtual need for dehumidification.  Blankets have low operating cost, while dehumidifiers work 24x7x365 at a very high cost.  Stop humidity efficiently with a physical blanket instead of a mechanical dehumidifier.  Want proof  -  check your electricity bill, your gas bill, and your water bill.
 
NEW CONSTRUCTION - RENOVATION - RETROFITTING...  Makes no difference, do it now, start saving immediately, every day.  Building energy codes mandate blankets.  Manual and automated models are available for on-deck, above-deck, or under-deck installation.
 
ERGONOMICS  +  ENERGY  +  EFFICIENCY  =  ECONOMIC VAUE
H2O Energy Blankets sets the new standard for pool operations.
Nothing else comes close.  Premier pools demand premier service.
 
First, H2O Blankets makes life-guards' tasks a whole lot simpler (ergonomics) and blanket handling really easy, really fast.  Example:  traditional blankets take 45-minutes, ours take 1-minute.
 
Second, the whole world is captivated by innovative energy technologies and economic-ecological impacts.  Reality = pools are big energy hogs.  Energy blankets cut utilities in half.
 
Third, it's the biggest possible way a pool can be green, cut tons of emissions, and save tons of money.  Blankets stop evaporative heat loss and humidity gain  -  about as basic and pragmatic as it gets.  Covering water surfaces, especially at night, retains heat.  Stopping evaporation stops humidity & dehumidification demand.  Do the math, this green & clean technology is pure physics.  This is clearly an environmental and financial windfall for natatoriums.
 
BOTTOM LINE...
Capital efficiency, energy efficiency, and operational efficiency.
 
 
 
CLIMATE & GEOGRAPHY... No matter what your location across the nation, the costs of heating indoor pools and the potential savings using energy blankets are surprisingly similar.  Not as different as you'd think.  It's mostly about outdoor nighttime temperature differentials and relative humidity factors compared against indoor pool environment conditions.  Ask the DOE about energy blankets for indoor pools - nothing's better.
 
Temperatures always seek equilibrium  -  the laws of thermodynamics explain the physics.  When indoor open pool water is warm and outdoor temperatures drop, they will always try to equalize via evaporation.  Indoor climates continuously battle oudoor clomates.  The greater temperature differences, relative humidity factors, air movement, water surface area, and natatorium air space, the greater evaporation rate and volume.
 
CALCULATOR:  Use this DOE-based Geographic Savings Calculator, it's conservative, but it can provide a good basis for your area.  Adjust for gas cost and pool size.  If your facility is dehumidified, add electricity cost  -  total energy consumed equalizes.  This is because dehumidifiers can recover lots of (gas) heat efficiently, but they require lots of electricity to extract continuous humidity out of the air above an uncovered pool.  COVER THE WATER = STOP EVAPORATION.
 
 
CERTIFIABLY GREEN... Want to earn LEED (Leadership in Energy Efficient Design) certification from the U.S. Green Building Council? 
 
The bottom line is LEED EA Prerequisite 2  (Minimum Energy Requirements) mandates that "Buildings must meet ASHRAE 90.1-2004  ----  which has a Mandatory Requirement that "Heated pools shall be equipped with a pool cover."
 
Unfortunately, no LEED standards exist specifically for natatoriums.  Nor does LEED base its ratings on actual energy volume saved.  Natatoriums generally consume 10 times more energy/water resources than average commercial buildings.  So stopping evaporation yields much greater financial, energy, and environmental returns than any other actions feasible for pools.
 
We truly applaud LEED's initiative, but practical perspective is essential when evaluating the unique value of energy efficiency inside natatoriums.  LEED buildings are under no obligation to track energy usage after receiving initial certification or changes to their energy usage model.  LEED does not predict future energy use of building space it certifies.  We believe natatorium energy efficiency solutions must minimally do this.  Using blankets at night will simply curtail 50% of energy & water consumption.
 
 
GRANTS & INCENTIVES...  Do you really need extra inducements to pursue ongoing 50% energy & water conservation?  However, one time tax incentives are great for capital justification.  Take a closer look  -  this is an extraordinary investment even without subsidies.  Payback is 6-12 months, not years.  The biggest true incentives are cutting utility operating costs in half annually and measuring capital payback in months.  Financial and environmental savings continue thereafter  -  without artificial subsidies.
 
For a comprehensive list of state and Federal incentives, visit DSIRE, Database of State Incentives for Renewables & Efficiency.  Other databases:   EERE, TIAP, DOE, and Energy Act of 2008.  The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy, ACEEE, is another good database for efficiency (policy, programs, incentives, resources) info by state.  Check with your professional tax preparer about applying/qualifying for income tax credits.
 
Tax Incentives for Commercial Buildings  - The latest tax deductions for energy efficiency and water conservation can be found at the DOE/EERE Building Technologies Program website.  Also included is a list of qualified software to meet IRS requirements.
 
Energy efficiency is high priority for good reason -  It's economically attractive, environmentally beneficial, operationally proactive, and ongoing year after year.  No subsidies needed for capital justification.  Run the investment and operating numbers.  It's a smart and superior investment short-term and long-term.
 
 
 
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NATATORIUM ENERGY CONSERVATION CAN BE
QUICKER-EASIER-SIMPLER
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WHOLE POOL = ONE BLANKET = ANY SIZE
 
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