In some places (like where I live) it's too hot to turn off the AC unit and open up the windows. On some days temperatures can reach over 100 degrees, that's why our AC stays on all the time. Asking us to take off more clothes to cool off and conserve energy would leave us naked, so how do we, the consumers, stay cool and cut down on our carbon footprint? We could try an AIR-igator.
Solar powered AC's are not in our budget nor are they readily available for consumer just yet, at least not that I am aware of, but an AIR-igator system is an innovative gadget that can help AC consumers make their daily air-condition use a little more planet-friendly. It could also help everyone save a little money and keep his or her garden green and fruitful.
The AIR-igator works like this: it collects condensation water from your AC unit and stores it in a 65-gallon (ideal size for residential applications of three to five ton AC capacity) underground tank. To make use of the stored greywater water, once the tank is full the "float inside the reservoir will either start the pump, running until the tank is empty; or signal a timer, allowing the system to run at a specified time." In other words, the float activates the water pump submerged in the underground tank. The stored water is then pumped out into the garden until the tank is empty. In addition the system is set so that water loss is kept to a minimum. Water that is usually wasted can now be used for something useful and hopefully fruitful.
An amazing tid-bit: an AIR-igator underground tank can store over 15 gallons of water a day from a three-ton air conditioner. Wow! I didn't even know an air conditioner unit could waste this much water per day. Saving this much a day would save 5475 gallons of water per year.
The price of the AIR-igator isn't cheap, at almost $500, the gadget will pay for itself maybe after a few years, depending on your water bill fees and water usage. The good news is that in times of drought like some of us are in now, this is good way to conserve water and maintain a healthy garden too. Since the AC greywater is clean and pollutant free it can also be used in a vegetable garden.
For more information on the AIR-igator and how it works visit the Air-igator site here.
Via Ecofriend and Gizmag