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Forum: Conservation 08-05-13, 02:29 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 36,696
Posted By AC_Hacker
It's been nearly a year since I started this...

It's been nearly a year since I started this thread, and with several months of typical induction cooker use under my belt, I should report that I am using the smaller induction hob almost...
Forum: Conservation 07-07-13, 12:52 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 11,722
Posted By Xringer
Conservation of trees, use 100% plastic decking (Cellular PVC)

Veranda 1 in. x 5-1/2 in. x 16 ft. Cellular PVC Deck Acorn-K250MAC16 at The Home Depot...
Forum: Other Improvements 05-30-13, 10:40 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 32,462
Posted By Terralore
Natures Airconditioner

I live in Upstate New York. Very hot and humid summers. I have a full renovated basement that stays a constant 54 degrees all year long. I have tried to fan the cool air upstairs (Ranch style Home)....
Forum: Conservation 04-22-13, 04:42 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 36,696
Posted By AC_Hacker
Cook Top Shootout!

Cook Top Shootout!

I did some energy use comparison experiments this morning, and I thought I'd share the results.

The tests consisted of heating two pounds of water (very carefully measured)...
Forum: Conservation 01-02-13, 10:50 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 14,045
Posted By elhigh
Don't forget the estimated lamp life

A generous donor supplied the homeless shelter where I work with a rather large gift of lighting products, mostly lamps but also a few 4-to-2 troffer converter kits (we have some overlit hallways,...
Forum: Lawn and Garden 12-31-12, 10:43 AM
Replies: 375
Views: 352,121
Posted By Daox
If you had some time, I'm sure I wouldn't be the...

If you had some time, I'm sure I wouldn't be the only one interested in hearing about that EV conversion. :)
Forum: Lawn and Garden 12-30-12, 09:52 PM
Replies: 375
Views: 352,121
Posted By greif
I converted my jd gator 4 x 2 to electric and...

I converted my jd gator 4 x 2 to electric and have a 5 ft plow on it. It pushed through that wet heavy stuff like it was not even there. The old 10 HP gas would have struggled.... so much torque I...
Forum: Renovations & New Construction 12-30-12, 02:38 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 12,925
Posted By Daox
Just following up on this. I haven't noticed any...

Just following up on this. I haven't noticed any hydraulic noise even when listening for it.
Forum: Conservation 11-13-12, 10:17 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 2,706
Posted By ecomodded
Turn down lcd monitor/tv backlight for 50% energy savings

Another energy savings technique i adopted.

My tv, is a 40" 5 year old LCD bought just before LED back lighted models were common.

In the tv's menu, then the sub menu, under 'back lighting', I...
Forum: Solar Power 11-01-12, 02:22 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 8,317
Posted By Ryland
How much is the output dropping? 10% or so on a...

How much is the output dropping? 10% or so on a hot day? on a 1kw system that is $200 worth of panels that are more or less being cut out of your production, as I see it you can either spend that...
Forum: Renovations & New Construction 10-20-12, 09:19 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 7,304
Posted By S-F
You screw then to the studs through the foam with...

You screw then to the studs through the foam with a screw with a completely flat head that can handle the weight of the siding, foam and furring. HeadLOK® Heavy Duty Flathead Fastener - FastenMaster...
Forum: Renovations & New Construction 10-19-12, 04:57 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 7,304
Posted By S-F
Fastening Furring Strips to a Foam-Sheathed Wall...

Fastening Furring Strips to a Foam-Sheathed Wall | GreenBuildingAdvisor.com (http://www.greenbuildingadvisor.com/blogs/dept/musings/fastening-furring-strips-foam-sheathed-wall)

Using Rigid Foam As...
Forum: Conservation 08-15-12, 09:40 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 3,677
Posted By natethebrown
I was like you, in some ways. My roommate and I...

I was like you, in some ways. My roommate and I kept the house at 59-60 (yes, that is not a typo), during the winter. I often wore 2 pairs of socks and a beanie. When I got my own apartment, I was...
Forum: Conservation 07-15-12, 11:52 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 2,941
Posted By AC_Hacker
Percieved Comfort...

I just watched a very interesting TED talk by a German architect named Wolfgang Kessling.

...available for download HERE (http://download.ted.com/talks/WolfgangKessling_2012S-480p.mp4).

The...
Forum: Conservation 06-29-12, 12:45 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 3,732
Posted By Xringer
Solar screens have a pretty clean look and work...

Solar screens have a pretty clean look and work extremely well.
http://ecorenovator.org/forum/renovations-new-construction/1597-suntex-solar-screen-project.html
Forum: Geothermal & Heat Pumps 06-29-12, 12:51 AM
Replies: 405
Views: 199,268
Posted By Xringer
A7 AirTap install (ASHP hot water heater)

Here's the links:

AirGenerate (http://airgenerate.xbitech.com/products/a7)

http://airgenerate.xbitech.com/Media/Default/Downloads/A7_Installation_Manual.pdf

Web links?
An Affordable...
Forum: Lawn and Garden 06-06-12, 10:14 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 20,863
Posted By sunspot
Well if they don't move until autumn I guess...

Well if they don't move until autumn I guess there's no hurry to move the bat houses. I did put them in a south facing location and painted them flat black to absorb as much heat as possible. They...
Forum: Conservation 04-27-12, 10:51 AM
Replies: 59
Views: 31,732
Posted By AC_Hacker
This is very useful information. I...

This is very useful information.



I think that too many people underestimate what the Passive House target of 0.35 ACH50 really amounts to... it is almost a hermetic seal. 1.0 ACH50 is not...
Forum: Conservation 03-04-12, 09:05 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 47,639
Posted By Daox
I did more sealing this weekend. I've basically...

I did more sealing this weekend. I've basically started going room by room doing the DIY home leak test (http://ecorenovator.org/diy-home-air-pressure-test/). I check around any trim, any outlets,...
Forum: Lighting 10-08-11, 08:33 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 13,405
Posted By philb
When you have a while to read, you might look at...

When you have a while to read, you might look at this:
Lightning Protection (http://www.solacity.com/Lightning.htm)
It's the most comprehensive post I have seen on protecting anything from...
Forum: Appliances & Gadgets 09-10-11, 09:56 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 5,379
Posted By Xringer
$33 WIN100 Heating & Cooling Programmable Outlet Thermostat

Amazon.com: WIN100 Heating & Cooling Programmable Outlet Thermostat: Home Improvement (http://www.amazon.com/WIN100-Heating-Cooling-Programmable-Thermostat/dp/B000E7NYY8)
...
Forum: Renovations & New Construction 08-12-11, 12:28 PM
Replies: 257
Views: 127,458
Posted By AC_Hacker
{some of this was covered here...

{some of this was covered here (http://ecorenovator.org/forum/renovations-new-construction/728-diy-hydronic-floor-heating-5.html#post11218)}

I came across a study by Siegenthaler (the guy who...
Forum: Renovations & New Construction 08-09-11, 08:46 PM
Replies: 257
Views: 127,458
Posted By AC_Hacker
This is the technique I have been using in my...

This is the technique I have been using in my house.

At first I was cutting the foam to be a tight fit, very, very time consuming. Finally I realized that if I left about .25" all around and used...
Forum: Renovations & New Construction 08-08-11, 11:14 AM
Replies: 257
Views: 127,458
Posted By AC_Hacker
I am very interested in how you approach this...

I am very interested in how you approach this phase of your re-model.

As I recall, you already have fossil -fueled hydronic heating in part of your house.

And your solar panel rack and heat...
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