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Solar Hot Water at ACNW

Saving money while reducing our carbon footprint

Hot water needs in these two buildings is quite sizeable.  Crosby Lodge, our largest dormitory/classroom building, houses up to 112 students and each of the 14 dorm rooms has a private bathroom. Blandin Hall houses our dining room, offices and kitchen. Showers, handwashing, dishwashing, food preparation/cooking, visitor/staff restrooms and housekeeping all contribute to a high demand for hot water.

Our active, closed-loop flat panel solar hot water heating systems will cut our water heating energy propane needs by roughly 60%. By eliminating that much fossil fuel usage, we further decrease our carbon footprint and come closer to our goal of greatly reducing, wherever possible, our CO2 contribution to climate change.