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Install a server in your house, get free hot water!


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Heata, which began as an innovation project with British Gas, is a UK company that connects a server to your hot water cylinder and provides hot water to the house master for free up to 4.8 kWh per day, and at least 2.5 kWh as per contractual obligations.

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Heata, which began as an innovation project with British Gas, is a UK company that connects a server to your hot water cylinder and provides hot water to

 

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Would a server small enough to fit in someone's home really make enough heat to keep up with a hot water heater? Seems like it would lead to a lot of barely warm showers.

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Would a server small enough to fit in someone's home really make enough heat to keep up with a hot water heater? Seems like it would lead to a lot of barely warm showers.

Probably run asic or gpu setup i would says.  I need to read more about it if i can find more information. Maybe they just calculate the idle heating saving.

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I love the idea to be honest, though as already mentioned, I wonder how it would compare to a normally heated water tank so far as how hot the water would actually be. That could possibly be one of the downsides.

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The way I understand it is that the patent / technology is their solution to transfer heat into a hot water tank.

  • Most homes in the UK use radiators, not forced air (furnaces) to heat their homes.
  • Energy costs are sky rocketing in Europe because Russia's invasion of Ukraine. 

So, as long as you have an existing domestic hot water tank, you could save energy by recycling the heat from their server into your system. If go to Heata's page, you'll see that they also cover the electricity to power the server. Just keep in my they install sub-metering (great!) but they control the credits (not great 😞) for your electric bills (your responsibility). They say the submeter is accredited (a.k.a. legit) but as a home owner, I would evaluate this point more closely before getting into a shared responsibility for electrical bills. 

 

Edit: It also uses your existing network for connectivity. 

 

 At the end of the day, it's an interesting initiative. Just read the fine print first 🙂

 

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Who pays for the electricity? 

The trial is funded by Innovate UK and heata will pay for the electricity used by the heata unit. Depending on your supplier, we’ll either directly credit your energy account, or your bank account. An accredited billing submeter with a readable screen is included as part of the installation, which we will read remotely to get the details for your credit amounts.

Will you use my broadband?
Yes, we will connect to your broadband to communicate with the units.
We'll directly connect to your router to avoid WiFi interference and most of the time the unit will simply be sending some monitoring information (temperatures / fan speeds etc) back to base, so you shouldn't notice any impact.
We'll occasionally perform speed tests, and limit any larger uploads and downloads to a fraction of this so we'll never use too much of your bandwidth. We'll also schedule these overnight so it shouldn't affect your daytime speeds.
Our intention is that you won't notice - one of the things we'll be doing during the trial is getting your feedback on if we've achieved this.
In the future we plan to install a dedicated fibre or 4G/5G connection for the heata unit.

 

 

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We're looking for homes to host a heata unit as part of our trial to gain SAP accreditation, which will enable heata units can be measured on Energy Performance Certificates. Do you want to be part of a...

 

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I saw that they have the option for 3-4g antenna too for the server i think.

Seem a bit od to run a server wirelessly.

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I've never understood this.  Everyone in the northern half of USA runs their heat all winter.  Middle northern states are always well below freezing.  They make all this heat either burning wood or propane or electric................for no reason other than to make heat.  Then we have all these servers making hoards of heat just blowing it into the atmosphere.  I realize theres a security issue of google putting one of their servers in your house but still, they could halve the usa energy footprint doing it that way.  

 

In michigan I think Holland, the power plant actually does use city water to cool the plant, which in turn melts all the snow on sidewalks and such.  

 

Just seems like we could really go a longggg ways of making things more efficient.  

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