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Forum: Lighting 09-29-14, 12:01 AM
Replies: 0
Views: 64
Posted By gtojohn
3 way pull chain light switch in lieu of dimmer

I tried to find a link explaining this better but Ive had no such luck. Dimmable cfl were once hard to come by and their adjustments were usually pretty coarse. Plus if you have only one wall switch...
Forum: Solar Power 09-06-14, 02:20 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 357
Posted By AC_Hacker
Have you tried Google? -AC

Have you tried Google?

-AC
Forum: Appliances & Gadgets 08-29-14, 10:13 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 286
Posted By where2
If you put that Energy Smart water heater on a...

If you put that Energy Smart water heater on a timer, it still works, but doesn't draw any current for the hours it is not running. If you fish your hand around the cover, you'll find a warm spot...
Forum: Wind Power 08-29-14, 09:03 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 122
Posted By philb
Wind turbines never go on a building. The...

Wind turbines never go on a building. The harmonics can literately shake the bricks out of the wall. They can also cause eerie sounds at all times of the day and night. All the wind experts strongly...
Forum: Lawn and Garden 08-17-14, 11:45 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 781
Posted By mechanic
Here we go... ...

Here we go...
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Forum: Appliances & Gadgets 08-10-14, 09:32 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 515
Posted By NiHaoMike
Applied properly, power electronics are very...

Applied properly, power electronics are very reliable. At work, there are thousands of PSUs in various server rooms and it's very rare for one to fail. The problem is when OEMs skimp on quality. And...
Forum: Tools 07-30-14, 09:59 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 207
Posted By pinballlooking
I use this level Sears: Online department store...

I use this level
Sears: Online department store featuring appliances, tools, fitness equipment and more (http://www.sears.com/craftsman-digital-torpedo-level/p-00948295000P)
It will beep when you...
Forum: Renovations & New Construction 07-28-14, 09:58 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 940
Posted By gtojohn
ac hacker, I don't sell radiant barriers or paint...

ac hacker, I don't sell radiant barriers or paint additives. While Austin and Houston are in Texas we are about 120 miles apart. I do own an a/c company. I don't paint houses for money either. I will...
Forum: Renovations & New Construction 07-24-14, 07:55 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 471
Posted By Daox
Another passive house with crazy tight .1 ACH50

http://ecorenovator.org/forum/attachment.php?attachmentid=4502&stc=1&d=1406206454

Its just a quick write up, but an interesting one I think. They have R42 walls, R100 attic. For air sealing,...
Forum: Appliances & Gadgets 06-14-14, 08:59 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 800
Posted By morphector
If I build it and put a hot water gallon jug can...

If I build it and put a hot water gallon jug can we call that a heat pump?
Forum: Solar Power 06-13-14, 06:45 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 525
Posted By verdigo
Assuming a 12 volt 80 ah battery 10w /12v = .8...

Assuming a 12 volt 80 ah battery 10w /12v = .8 amp of charging capability in good full sun. Waaaaay under charging. That little solar panel is barely a battery maintainer, much less a charger. Using...
Forum: Appliances & Gadgets 06-02-14, 08:46 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 800
Posted By Servicetech
It takes more energy to make the ICE than th...

It takes more energy to make the ICE than th cooling provided by the "AC".
Forum: Appliances & Gadgets 06-02-14, 08:43 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 800
Posted By AC_Hacker
Colored streamers would be more better. -AC

Colored streamers would be more better.

-AC
Forum: Solar Power 04-28-14, 05:43 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,449
Posted By MN Renovator
With the low price of today's solar panels, keep...

With the low price of today's solar panels, keep in mind you'll be spending quite a bit more on the rest of what you need to have a legal grid tie that's done right.
Forum: Geothermal & Heat Pumps 04-23-14, 08:23 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,372
Posted By jeff5may
A common window air conditioner is perfect for...

A common window air conditioner is perfect for this type of conversion. You can do this without opening the refrigerant loop at all. Here's how:

Take the cover off of the unit. Figure out how to...
Forum: Solar Power 04-03-14, 11:01 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 573
Posted By ecomodded
some links that will help understand it and size...

some links that will help understand it and size it

Sizing batteries and inverters for a solar PV system | Bijli Bachao...
Forum: Conservation 03-18-14, 10:41 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 920
Posted By AC_Hacker
I saw a similar idea in a 1970's energy-saving...

I saw a similar idea in a 1970's energy-saving book...

The guy just got a coil of soft copper tubing (it already comes coiled up), and shaped it into a flat spiral which he put on the floor of his...
Forum: Conservation 03-17-14, 11:42 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 920
Posted By AC_Hacker
I did exactly the same thing with my tankless,...

I did exactly the same thing with my tankless, demand-style water heater about 10 years ago and it is working great, reducing the amount of energy being consumed all the while.

The one potential...
Forum: Solar Power 03-08-14, 11:52 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 974
Posted By ecomodded
I suspect you know NOTHING about electromagnetic...

I suspect you know NOTHING about electromagnetic energy and are just a overly caution individual - with No training in this field and even less understanding.
Forum: Renovations & New Construction 02-24-14, 01:06 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 665
Posted By Daox
I recently put Alpen (previously Serious Windows)...

I recently put Alpen (previously Serious Windows) fiberglass windows in my office and they are amazing (and their price is shocking as well, high not low). But they are very nice. I put in 725...
Forum: Conservation 02-23-14, 09:20 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 409
Posted By NiHaoMike
Infrared heat lamp. Put it on a dimmer and it...

Infrared heat lamp. Put it on a dimmer and it will last longer as well as let you fine tune the heat output.
Forum: Solar Power 02-18-14, 07:02 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 958
Posted By philb
Cost? about $3400 before rebates. During...

Cost? about $3400 before rebates.

During daylight, it should run everything except the electric hot water tank. But for now, I'm running lights and electric heaters in the winter and an air...
Forum: Solar Heating 02-17-14, 07:33 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 566
Posted By jfweaver
It looks like the company dropped off the planet...

It looks like the company dropped off the planet around 1985 when the solar tax credits ended (they may have lasted until 1988?). I don't think I'd spend that much on them all things considered.
...
Forum: Geothermal & Heat Pumps 02-13-14, 11:49 AM
Replies: 78
Views: 2,782
Posted By AC_Hacker
Temperature is only part of the issue. The...

Temperature is only part of the issue.

The other part is humidity. If you have a mechanism to actively extract moisture, you don't really need to raise the temperature at all.

I have been...
Forum: Appliances & Gadgets 02-04-14, 12:37 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,318
Posted By pinballlooking
Build your own EV charger. open-evse Open Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment (EVSE)

Ok let me start by saying it really is not a charger. All the EV vehicles have the chargers built in you just need to supply power and communication and safety to get it to charge your EV.

There...
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