Dutch Households to Use Heat From Servers for Free Hot Showers

Dutch Households to Use Heat From Servers for Free Hot Showers

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If you’ve ever sat with a laptop on your legs for a long period of time, then you must know how warm computers can get.

Tech companies have spent millions of dollars trying to find innovative ways to keep data servers cool – but this is the first time that an organization has attempted to harness the heat instead.

Dutch startup company Nerdalize is planning on warming dozens of their country’s showers with computer servers starting in August.

Nerdalize has created a specially designed server that doubles as a hot water heater. Dutch families who purchase the server from Nerdalize are estimated to save over $330 in annual gas bills, while simultaneously saving over 3 tons of CO2 from the atmosphere. Since the cost of one of the servers is only about $300, it basically pays for itself within a year.

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Tech companies will also save millions of dollars in expensive cooling apparatus and data centers that are bad for the environment – which is ideal, considering that data servers are estimated to have become as bad for the environment as airlines, thus making up about 2% of the world’s carbon emissions.

By distributing computer servers across Dutch households, tech companies are expected to save as much as 50% in infrastructure costs.

As Nerdalize so aptly says, “it’s a win-win-win situation”.

Several Dutch households have reportedly already hosted the servers for nine months without incident. Nerdalize’s crowdfunding campaign, which has already raised $750,000 (two and a half times its original goal), will help roll out the servers across the Netherlands in the coming years.

(WATCH the video below)

Become part of the Nerdalize family - Crowd Investment Campaign 2017 from Nerdalize on Vimeo.

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