Man Develops Alternative Heating Source for Seattle Area Homes
Heating and electrical costs are on the rise, especially in the Pacific Northwest. One Seattle Heating company has started to offer an alternative way to heat homes - with the seaweed, algae that can accumulate in the Puget Sound.
"People are looking for cheaper, more efficient ways to heat their homes", said Bob Dodger owner of Heat Them Up Heating Company. "I recently read a study that suggested that seaweed and algae could be used as an efficient heat source that is three times less than the average cost of oil or electric."
Bob Dodger decided to create an alternative heating source that could heat up entire households just from burning a couple of feet of seaweed every day. The process is very similar to a wood-burning fireplace but uses seaweed in gas furnace instead of wood.
"The most challenging part of this project is the need to find and collect the seaweed", explained Dodger. "It's not like the seaweed just appears in the middle of nowhere, no you have to go out to the waters and collect it yourself."
The seaweed burning heating source has been tested in 20 homes throughout the Pacific Northwest. All individuals reported that the homes felt warmer and that they didn't have to rely upon electric or gas furnaces to heat their homes.
"I asked several loyal customers if they were willing to try out the product themselves", explained Dodger. "I didn't want to just go presenting this idea without having tried it out for myself. I installed one in my home and some in loyal customers' houses to see if it worked."
The response for this heating product has been relatively positive. More and more people are looking for cheaper ways to heat their homes. Bob Dodger plans on presenting his invention at a local heating and cooling conference.
"I am hoping that there will be someone there that can help me launch this project on a large scale", said Dodger. "I really think a lot of people could benefit from this, but I don't have the means to do it on my own."
The heating source developed by Bob Dodger is estimated to be able to save people as much as $300 in heating expenses each year. The main cost will come from the installation of the machine and the need to have to pay someone to collect the seaweed from the Puget Sound.
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