Pete Skinner

Saving Energy through Practically Perfect Plumbing – with Pete Skinner

Episode 68

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Ron Kamen

Ron Kamen has decades of expertise & leadership in catalyzing exponential change in sustainable energy adoption with communities, governments, non-profits, and businesses.

“We really can’t sit idly by. We’ve got to make the decisions. We’ve got to get things to change fast.” – Pete Skinner

Hot water costs can be up to 18% or 20% or more of a family’s home energy bill, and it can be an even larger percentage in a multi-family building.

If you’re a developer of multifamily buildings, you strive to balance the first capital costs of construction, with on-going energy and maintenance costs – all while not compromising comfort for your tenants.

Studies conducted in the last several years have found that we don’t use as much hot water as previously believed, and that simultaneous peak hot water consumption isn’t as high as estimated either.

In most larger multifamily buildings, designers use three-inch diameter pipes that are costly to install and waste large amounts of energy.

Sustainable “Net Zero”  buildings – such as the Net Zero Village and the Solara Luxury Apartments Solara  – in Rotterdam, NY – have discovered that delivering hot water in a way that is fast and cost-effective – while saving a lot of energy in the process – is now possible! 

Through Practically Perfect Plumbing (PPP), we can both save Earth while enjoying the pleasure of immediate hot water. 

Check out this week’s AWESome EarthKind Energy podcast where we interview Pete Skinner, an Engineer who is dedicated to helping sustain the Earth with solar hot water, heat pumps  – and smaller “smart” pipes.

Pete Skinner is a Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) Engineer who worked for 32 years as the Chief Scientist to the NY State Attorney General.  Pete first worked for Louis J. Lefkowitz in the state’s first environmental advocacy office.

Pete led the NYAG’s technical team on pollution and power plant issues and sued the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on climate change, which led to the conclusion that carbon dioxide is the Earth’s most concerning pollutant.

Pete has been interested in electricity and water processes since he was a kid. By  doing things by himself, he was able to differentiate what works and what doesn’t. This basically drove the passion he has now as he aims to reduce capital and energy costs in building new, high-performance net zero buildings.

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SuperNova #1. It is so important that we use these kinds of mechanisms to get the word out on important changes that are taking place, because our Earth is the only planet we have. If we don’t start addressing the energy issues that are driving this climate change really quickly and in a very deep way –– we’re not going to have a planet left. It’s all going to look like Mars.

SuperNova #2.  The smaller the pipe, the less energy is being wasted. Practically Perfect Plumbing is a new way to get water to tenants that saves energy, saves money, saves water, and gets your tenants happier faster.

SuperNova #3. You have to design so that if you find yourself with an odd demographic, you can adapt. 

Most Energized About Today: “I’m energized today because I’m going to be meeting with my client, Dave, and selling him a heat pump hot water heater hybrid system for his new clubhouse – eight apartments with two bedrooms and two bathrooms – and his own apartment with a large jacuzzi tub.” – Pete Skinner

Parting Advice: “Don’t be afraid to do it yourself. When you do it yourself, you see what works and what doesn’t work.” – Pete Skinner


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