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Forum: Geothermal & Heat Pumps 06-21-12, 07:19 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 4,527
Posted By RobertSmalls
We've had a couple of awfully hot nights/mornings...

We've had a couple of awfully hot nights/mornings in a row here, too. Fortunately, that doesn't happen often.

I only need the A/C during the hottest 2-4 weeks of the year, and then usually only...
Forum: Appliances & Gadgets 04-07-12, 07:03 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,836
Posted By RobertSmalls
The forum over at Silent PC Review is a great...

The forum over at Silent PC Review is a great source for information on quiet and low power consumption PCs. I'm not the only SPCR'er who thinks that PSUs have gotten too darned big lately. I'm...
Forum: Lawn and Garden 05-01-11, 04:04 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,128
Posted By RobertSmalls
Smile Electric mower starts every time.

My electric mower put a smile on my face today, and I wanted to share.

I took it out of the garage for the first time this year, plugged it in, and fired it right up. No oil changes, spark plug...
Forum: Conservation 03-25-11, 07:30 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 3,473
Posted By RobertSmalls
It wasn't a blip. My usage for the past 32 days...

It wasn't a blip. My usage for the past 32 days has averaged 0.59kWh/day.
Forum: Other Improvements 03-11-11, 07:32 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 4,696
Posted By RobertSmalls
In Buffalo at least, natural gas is currently a...

In Buffalo at least, natural gas is currently a third the price of electricity. From a cost perspective, it's pretty clear that the right approach is to go with a furnace alone. Here, you'd be...
Forum: The Billiards Room 01-30-11, 09:23 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 2,946
Posted By RobertSmalls
Congratulations on the job. If it's anything...

Congratulations on the job. If it's anything like my job, you'll have more than one project a day. It's just that you don't get to choose the projects.

The best thing about work is that there...
Forum: Conservation 01-03-11, 07:14 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 6,748
Posted By RobertSmalls
The fridge is a 100% efficient electric resistive...

The fridge is a 100% efficient electric resistive heater, and so are HeatBalls (with the curtains drawn), so you could leave both running while nobody's home.

Piwoslaw, when you pull water out of...
Forum: Conservation 12-24-10, 08:40 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,553
Posted By RobertSmalls
I applied bubble wrap to one window, using...

I applied bubble wrap to one window, using condensation already on the window to adhere it. It's really easy to apply.

I applied 1/4" bubble wrap to the storm window, then measured the...
Forum: Conservation 11-30-10, 07:23 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,298
Posted By RobertSmalls
It sounds like you're close to measuring the...

It sounds like you're close to measuring the Overall Heat Transfer Coefficient (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Heat_transfer_coefficient#Overall_heat_transfer_coefficient) * Surface Area = U*A, which...
Forum: The Billiards Room 11-06-10, 10:27 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,137
Posted By RobertSmalls
Good for a laugh: Heat Balls.

Heatball :: Home (http://heatball.de/en/)

Apparently, the incandescent bulb has been outright banned in Germany, but one entrepreneur is selling "Heat Balls" for 1.69 Euro a piece.

Heat Balls...
Forum: The Billiards Room 10-17-10, 09:55 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 400
Posted By RobertSmalls
Looks like Steven Chu practices good EcoRenovating

Dr. Chu Talks Efficiency - NYTimes.com (http://green.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/10/15/dr-chu-talks-efficiency/)

I love having a Nobel-prize winning physicist as the Secretary of Energy. The fact that...
Forum: Introductions 09-26-10, 12:27 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 524
Posted By RobertSmalls
DIY energy audit! Get a Kill-A-Watt and figure...

DIY energy audit! Get a Kill-A-Watt and figure out where your electricity is going. Look around and see if you can find any incandescent or halogen lights in use, and replace them with CFL and...
Forum: The Billiards Room 09-24-10, 05:01 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 2,650
Posted By RobertSmalls
To answer the titular question, no. There's no...

To answer the titular question, no. There's no correlation between how much you produce, and how much you ought to consume. Even net oil exporters should try hard to conserve oil, because every...
Forum: Appliances & Gadgets 09-09-10, 12:27 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,843
Posted By RobertSmalls
Robertsmalls' 23W (at idle) computer

Back in the day, I had an overclocked, overvolted Athlon PC with ten fans and two power supplies, because a single 300W PSU wasn't enough for my three hard drives. If I could figure out a way to put...
Forum: Lighting 09-08-10, 10:47 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 9,649
Posted By RobertSmalls
When I saw Edison screw LEDs at Sam's Club (the...

When I saw Edison screw LEDs at Sam's Club (the kind that fit in a light bulb socket), I was excited. Then I crunched the numbers on lumens per Watt, and I was disappointed. They're a little more...
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