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Solar hot water at Osprey Wilds

Solar hot water

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.