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Forum: Conservation 06-08-14, 07:59 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 3,883
Posted By knowbodies
An old chimney will come apart remarkably easy. I...

An old chimney will come apart remarkably easy. I had the roofers remove the outside parts when my house was re-roofed. I remove 6-7 feet of chimney in the attic. It came apart with a 20oz hammer.
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Forum: Appliances & Gadgets 10-03-13, 12:54 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 2,146
Posted By knowbodies
What an absurd expense! A simple clothesline is...

What an absurd expense! A simple clothesline is much more effective alternative. I hang my clothes to dry outside in the summer. In the winter, they hang in front of my boiler. Of course there are...
Forum: Conservation 12-24-11, 11:40 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 5,955
Posted By knowbodies
If you're really trying to conserve energy, tear...

If you're really trying to conserve energy, tear it out.Do you really need 3rd degree burn hot water available instantly, all the time? Even at 3am? just plug in a $10 electric kettle when you need...
Forum: Conservation 10-31-11, 04:00 PM
Replies: 109
Views: 89,819
Posted By knowbodies
One adult and 2 kids (at 43% occupancy). We use...

One adult and 2 kids (at 43% occupancy). We use about 3KWh per day, 90KWh per month. Heat, hot water and stove are all gas. I just order a line voltage thermostat for my freezer to turn it into a...
Forum: Appliances & Gadgets 01-08-11, 10:19 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 17,010
Posted By knowbodies
I haven't seen those in decades. They're a great...

I haven't seen those in decades. They're a great way to start a chimney fire if you don't clean the flue regularly.
Forum: Geothermal & Heat Pumps 12-04-10, 08:26 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 14,991
Posted By knowbodies
39 not counting Christmas lights. My total...

39 not counting Christmas lights. My total includes exactly 1 incandescent that requires a laddder and a screwdriver to change. It's been on for about an hour in the past year.
Forum: Conservation 12-04-10, 07:23 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,951
Posted By knowbodies
I posted about this somewhere on here last year....

I posted about this somewhere on here last year. I tested LED lights and an outside timer against just LED lights with my kill-a-watt. It turned out that leaving the lights on all night and...
Forum: Forum News & Feedback 10-21-10, 09:23 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 3,127
Posted By knowbodies
meh, it happens. One of the other websites hosted...

meh, it happens. One of the other websites hosted on this server likely got owned due to a weak password. That or phpBB has another gaping security hole in it. Either way, it's time for the mods to...
Forum: Appliances & Gadgets 10-10-10, 03:50 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 6,905
Posted By knowbodies
I'm a geek and all, and I love hacking stuff but...

I'm a geek and all, and I love hacking stuff but wouldn't a line voltage thermostat for a walk-in cooler have been a lot simpler?
Forum: The Billiards Room 10-08-10, 04:52 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 4,992
Posted By knowbodies
We (family of 4) used 166KWh of electricity and...

We (family of 4) used 166KWh of electricity and 68 M^3 of Natural gas in the last month. The furnace has yet to kick in though. Annual Gas usage is a bit over 2000 M^3.
Forum: Appliances & Gadgets 09-26-10, 07:49 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 4,345
Posted By knowbodies
I am being fair :D. It's 2.5in hard drive powered...

I am being fair :D. It's 2.5in hard drive powered through the USB port. It has no power brick. Maximum power draw according to Western Digital is 2.5W.



I think it's too underpowered for that....
Forum: The Billiards Room 09-26-10, 10:24 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 9,281
Posted By knowbodies
Actually, Canada is the largest source of foreign...

Actually, Canada is the largest source of foreign oil for the US. Saudia Arabia and Mexico are distant 2nd and 3rd places.

Crude Oil and Total Petroleum Imports Top 15 Countries...
Forum: Appliances & Gadgets 09-26-10, 09:47 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 4,345
Posted By knowbodies
It's a centralized file repository for the...

It's a centralized file repository for the various computers around my house. It's also used for Time Machine backups on my two Mac minis, a network drive for my AppleTV and as a 24/7 bit torrent...
Forum: Appliances & Gadgets 09-25-10, 09:43 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 4,345
Posted By knowbodies
Knowbodies' 5W (at idle) File Server

Woohoo, new file server. It's a bit unconventional but it works. I bought an NS-K330 Arm based fileserver off of Ebay. It's intended to be used a bittorrent box. I added a 1TB USB harddrive (to hold...
Forum: Conservation 09-20-10, 03:38 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,497
Posted By knowbodies
I thinks someone has read the Hitchhikers Guide...

I thinks someone has read the Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy one too many times.
Forum: Solar Heating 09-15-10, 12:08 AM
Replies: 214
Views: 107,422
Posted By knowbodies
Wow, that attic looks strikingly similar to my...

Wow, that attic looks strikingly similar to my except I've brought the chimney down to just below the floor level of the attic. If your chimney is as full of creosote as my was, I highly recommend...
Forum: Conservation 09-14-10, 11:40 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 8,606
Posted By knowbodies
Yes, you are doing really, really well. After a...

Yes, you are doing really, really well. After a 1.5 yrs of effort to reduce my family's electrical consumption, we're down to 180KWh per month for a family of 4. There is really nothing left except...
Forum: Solar Heating 04-16-10, 10:36 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 4,962
Posted By knowbodies
The systems I have seen have a radiator (usually...

The systems I have seen have a radiator (usually on the north side of the building) where the heat is dumped to once the maximum temperature has been reached in the hot water tank.
Forum: Appliances & Gadgets 03-16-10, 10:07 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,976
Posted By knowbodies
I suggest measuring any new TV with a...

I suggest measuring any new TV with a Kill-a-watt. If a remember correctly, my old 26in CRT uses 75W and my 37in LCD uses ~90W at 50% brightness and ~170 at full brightness (which what you would...
Forum: Conservation 03-05-10, 10:16 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 8,034
Posted By knowbodies
Hmmm, let's see. In the past year: 2243...

Hmmm, let's see. In the past year:

2243 cubic meters of natural gas
2233 KWh of electricity
200 sq meters of living space

Assuming 1 kwh = 3.6 MJ and 37MJ per cubic meter of natural gas, I...
Forum: Conservation 01-21-10, 10:15 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 15,671
Posted By knowbodies
I'm thinking that a heat pump dryer only makes...

I'm thinking that a heat pump dryer only makes sense in a climate that uses lots of airconditioning. Heat pumps just move heat from one location to another.

Assuming your dryer draws air from...
Forum: Appliances & Gadgets 12-16-09, 05:26 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 16,977
Posted By knowbodies
I really hope you replaced that plastic exhaust...

I really hope you replaced that plastic exhaust pipe with either aluminum flex pipe (good) or straight pipe (better). The plastic stuff forces your drier to work a lot harder. It also causes a lot of...
Forum: Conservation 11-22-09, 02:26 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,341
Posted By knowbodies
Considering what you've listed, I'm not sure...

Considering what you've listed, I'm not sure there's anything you can do that doesn't involve major expenses. Solar hot water - BIG expense. You could look at a more efficient fridge and freezer....
Forum: Conservation 11-22-09, 02:04 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,655
Posted By knowbodies
Awesome start. You've cut your monthly usage in...

Awesome start. You've cut your monthly usage in half in one month.Now to give an idea of how far you have to go.

November 2008 previous 12 month usage: 4119KWH
November 2009 previous 12 month...
Forum: Appliances & Gadgets 11-20-09, 10:42 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 3,864
Posted By knowbodies
My receiver has the energy star sticker on it. It...

My receiver has the energy star sticker on it. It won't register any watts on my Kill-a-watt when it's off but it still picks up a signal from the remote. So it's very efficient when off. It's a Sony...
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