Ask the Expert: Wastewater treatment systems to save on utility bills
ProudGreenHome: How do I reduce summer utility bills?
Homeowners with decentralized wastewater treatment systems can save on their utility bill year round by using a peat fiber biofilter rather than an aerobic treatment unit.
The peat fiber biofilter will have monthly electric costs of $0.90 versus $1.50 for a typical recirculation media filter with a 10 amp pump. A typical aerobic treatment system will cost $18.30 per month in electric usage costs assuming a 3 amp blower and electricity at $0.11 per kW/h.
Over the 15-year life of the peat in the peat fiber biofilter, the homeowner will save $3,132 ($3,294 - $162) or $208.80 per year.
Peat fiber biofilters do not need any blowers or pumps. They are naturally odor free. Treated effluent emerges from the modules and disperses either into a gravel pad directly below the modules or is collected for dispersal by other methods, including gravel trenches, low-pressure pumping, drip irrigation or other conventional disposal methods.
Additionally, unlike ATUs, peat biofilters do not need to be pumped on a regular basis. As such, peat biofilters are a sustainable, energy saving solution for home, office and community developments.
Tom Smith Tom Smith is the former director of operations and marketing at Anua. Tom is driving demand for wastewater treatment, water reuse, rainwater harvesting and odor/VOC control solutions. He has a B.A. from Duke University and an MBA from the Fuqua School of Business.