Most just don't think about energy costs.
Santa Maria, Ca (PRWEB) March 21, 2013
Fountain Mountain, Inc. announces its third year of selling a large floating fountain for customers concerned with both item and energy cost. Mike Guista, president of the 14-year-old California company, says energy costs are not usually a problem for California customers, who usually think of a large pond as 12’ by 12’. But for golf course owners, and pond owners in the Great Lakes, East Coast, and southern states,” the California pond is more like a puddle,” Mr. Guista says.
And there are thousands and thousands of ponds of ½ acre to 5 acres in size in these regions of the United States. They are natural to the area and don’t have to be built. What many customers do want for these large ponds, he says, are fountains to kill off algae and create nice displays at the same time.
“Many just don’t think about the energy costs, “ Guista warns. “They think to themselves, I’ll buy a fountain for $1500 and be done. But that’s like buying a Hummer and not thinking about gas until the first time you fill the tank.”
So what Fountain Mountain tries to do is concentrate on fountains that are neither too expensive to purchase nor to run. To help customers choose, he has an electric cost calculator on his company website, so that customers can predict monthly electrical costs. They need to look at their electric bill and find out what rate they pay. Then they can find the amp specs for the fountain they are thinking of purchasing and the website calculates the cost of electricity.
For example, his company’s budget fountain uses a 6000 gallon per hour pump that will shoot water up to 18’ in the air using about 5 amps. By comparison, a competitor’s fountain shoots up about 20’ on 10 amps. Using the electrical cost calculator, if a person is paying 19 cents per KWh, as Mr. Guista is at his address, the cost to run the energy-efficient fountain 24 hours a day for four months out of the year would be about $316, while the 10-amp fountain would cost $630. “No matter which brand of fountain you buy,” he warns, “please figure out what energy costs will be.” The company also sells Kasco Fountains and aerators, which are more expensive, but energy efficient.
Fountain Mountain’s budget floating fountain costs $399 and can be assembled in about five minutes. Why so cheap? “I love fountains,” he says. “Have since I was a kid. I think everybody should be able to buy one, sooner or later.”