Fighting Corporations through Energy Efficiency
A couple weeks ago I wrote an article on industrial water softeners and water politics in general. This has been a topic of considerable interest for me, especially as corporations continue to buy up water and land in overseas markets. It should come as no shock that like with fossil fuels, water is a non-renewable resource, and corporations, with their relentless drive for profits, see this and will soon start charging consumers for the privilege of fresh, clean, soft water. Privatization is already happening around the world and a vicious debate is already beginning to form.
Now, more than ever, it is important to have an energy efficient water softener. Because of the rising cost of energy, a customer is potentially paying double for their water. One needs to pay for the water costs and then the energy required to soften that water. In large businesses, energy efficiency is even more important because of the volume at which they use water.
Robert B. Hill, a company which makes custom industrial water softeners, is on the forefront of this energy saving movement. Their custom water softeners can end up paying for themselves with the money they will save. This cost savings will become even more apparent as energy and water costs skyrocket. Personally, I’m feeling the sting of these costs at home and cannot imagine how I would feel if I was moving water at an industrial or commercial scale.
The other reason that these water softener systems can help save money is that by removing iron, calcium, and magnesium, it extends the life of other commercial systems throughout a factory. This especially matters in poorer countries where the first world dumps its garbage. If everyone could extend the life of existing systems and machinery, then there would be less waste and less pollution. Often times a machine that a water softener can preserve has components that, when disintegrating, can hurt the environment or poison the water supply.
Another reason that hillwater industrial water softener systems are good is because they integrate the boiler feed right with the cooling tower. Unlike other water softeners, this allows businesses to have a non-stop supply of soft water. This prolongs the life of other equipment.
It goes without saying that a water softener is not going to save the world. But with the privatization and rising costs of water an energy, it can make a small difference. That small difference, when replicated on a large scale can make a big difference. I think that is an important mantra and one that I always abide by when thinking of how technology can change the world.