|By Shelley Voelkel (LBR27) (BonaireTalker - Post #43) on Monday, July 14, 2008 - 11:24 pm:|
In an attempt to "go green" I will be replacing my hot water heater here in the U.S. with a tankless model. That being said, have the tankless models made it to Bonaire? We are actually on our 3rd hot water heater in 10 yrs. and these tankless have a much longer life span.
|By Jan Klos - ( Hamlet Bonaire ) (Experienced BonaireTalker - Post #674) on Tuesday, July 15, 2008 - 5:49 pm:|
I believe there is an on-demand water heater. It is very small and only heats the water as you use it. A friend uses one, and says it works just fine. It hooks up to the shower. I suppose you could also hook one up for the kitchen sink.
|By Karen K (BonaireTalker - Post #31) on Tuesday, July 15, 2008 - 6:51 pm:|
We wanted a specific make and model for our needs, so we're packing one in our moving shipment to Bonaire and plan to hook it up to the kitchen only. It's propane and outdoor mounted. We'll see how it goes, but we've used them in other tropical settings and they were perfect.
|By Kevin W. Williams (Bella Vista Estates) (Experienced BonaireTalker - Post #576) on Tuesday, July 15, 2008 - 7:45 pm:|
Kooyman sells two different electric models: one for the sink, and one for the shower. They are different: the sink model heats to a higher temperature and has a built in vent, while the shower model can only hook downstream of the valve, and uses the shower as a vent.
|By Shelley Voelkel (LBR27) (BonaireTalker - Post #44) on Tuesday, July 15, 2008 - 7:52 pm:|
Thanks for the info. I was thinking about bringing one in my container but I was unsure of the electrical compatbility. I was not aware of a need for more than one unit.
|By Karen K (BonaireTalker - Post #32) on Tuesday, July 15, 2008 - 10:50 pm:|
The Bosch model we purchased has a hydro-generated ignition instead of a pilot light. We were also concerned about the electrical compatability since Bonaire runs at 50Hz and the states (and most electrical items purchased here) run at 60Hz. Shelley, are you newly moving to the island as well? Here's info on the unit we purchased http://indoors.pricegrabber.com/building-supplies/m/24827167/st=product/sv=title/
|By Kevin W. Williams (Bella Vista Estates) (Experienced BonaireTalker - Post #578) on Wednesday, July 16, 2008 - 8:44 am:|
No need to worry about electrical compatibility on things like electric heaters. The thermostat will probably run at a slightly different duty cycle than normal, but they will work. Motors and timekeeping devices are where the worries occur.
|By Karen K (BonaireTalker - Post #33) on Wednesday, July 16, 2008 - 1:32 pm:|
Kevin, What about TVs? Do we need a transformer for that as well?
|By Kevin W. Williams (Bella Vista Estates) (Experienced BonaireTalker - Post #579) on Wednesday, July 16, 2008 - 4:30 pm:|
There should be a statement on the TV somewhere that says something like "100-220V 50/60Hz". If so, it will certainly work on Bonaire without a transformer. If it just says "110V 50/60Hz", it will probably work ... I haven't encountered a television with compatibility problems yet.
|By Barton B (BonaireTalker - Post #83) on Saturday, August 16, 2008 - 3:47 pm:|
I'm reading a book written by Tom Lane titled "Solar Hot Water Systems - Lessons learned 1977 to Today". He makes the following statements about the "savings" from using tankless water heaters. Obviously, he is a solar advocate and suggests that a solar water heater is the truly "green" way to go. Certainly, on Bonaire, if you have a place to install one, a solar system makes a lot of sense, especially with the present petroleum/electric fuel costs.
|By michael gaynor (Supreme BonaireTalker - Post #3315) on Sunday, August 17, 2008 - 8:27 am:|
All this talk about water heaters reminds me of one of my first visits when the hotel Bonaire's hot water system was not working. The front desk said to wait until noon to shower..the water was so hot, I had to turn on the cold tap..it was just as hot! In the last 20+ years of living here, I have never had hot water in my house. The only time I miss it is for washing dishes and taking showers at 6am!
|By michael gaynor (Supreme BonaireTalker - Post #3317) on Sunday, August 17, 2008 - 2:06 pm:|
|By Kevin W. Williams (Bella Vista Estates) (Experienced BonaireTalker - Post #597) on Sunday, August 17, 2008 - 5:54 pm:|
I have done a pretty thorough job of going native, but I still need a hot water supply. I find that if I don't have a hot water supply, I try to convince myself that I don't really need a shower. This time of year, I run it just enough to make the water tepid, but I hate cold showers.
|By michael gaynor (Supreme BonaireTalker - Post #3320) on Monday, August 18, 2008 - 8:35 am:|
Kevin, your friends will convince you if you really need a shower! Mornings are tough, I agree. Shaving with cold water (for those of us sans beard) is also a bear.
|By Everett Preece (New BonaireTalk Poster - Post #4) on Tuesday, August 19, 2008 - 1:53 pm:|
How about a five gallon solar shower bag. Heats up to 110 degrees after 3 hours in the sun. Probably wouldn't work for that 6am shave but would provide a nice hot evening shower. I see them on many sites for about $20USD.
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