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Forum: Solar Power 04-06-18, 01:41 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,869
Posted By NeilBlanchard
Our new net meter was installed April 4th, and we...

Our new net meter was installed April 4th, and we "turned on" the system today! Of course, it is quite cloudy, and is snowing now, so we'll see how it goes tomorrow.
Forum: Solar Power 03-23-18, 10:32 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,869
Posted By NeilBlanchard
Solar PV - Save Money & Shrink Carbon Footprint

We have been driving EV's for 3 1/2 years, and we are now using a heat pump for most of heating our house, as well. We got a solar PV system installed yesterday, and it should soon be generating a...
Forum: Appliances & Gadgets 07-04-16, 04:46 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,416
Posted By NeilBlanchard
That sounds like a meter of space, which is a...

That sounds like a meter of space, which is a lot. But I am not sure what CFM is in relation to a ceiling fan, and how would it be measured? The fan blades churn the air, and moving air is what we...
Forum: Wind Power 06-02-16, 09:11 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 18,371
Posted By NeilBlanchard
The wind cools the panels, and that raises their...

The wind cools the panels, and that raises their efficiency.
Forum: The Billiards Room 10-02-15, 09:31 PM
Replies: 98
Views: 13,837
Posted By NeilBlanchard
You saw something - but it is not correct. We...

You saw something - but it is not correct. We are seeing (probably) yet another record warm year.
Forum: Conservation 07-13-15, 09:28 PM
Replies: 252
Views: 34,774
Posted By NeilBlanchard
Have you tried coasting in neutral in the Leaf? ...

Have you tried coasting in neutral in the Leaf? You can hold the "shifter" in N for 2s or above 7MPH, just shift into R and it will beep and go into neutral.

Does it still have the stock...
Forum: Product Reviews 04-12-15, 08:44 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 3,995
Posted By NeilBlanchard
We got both the regular 1.25gpm model and the...

We got both the regular 1.25gpm model and the 1.5gpm handheld model, and both work fine. We settled on the handheld for it's flexibility. We have renovated our bathroom and raised it up to 7' and...
Forum: Solar Power 01-07-15, 09:35 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 4,417
Posted By NeilBlanchard
Have you seen the level of Lake Mead, lately? It...

Have you seen the level of Lake Mead, lately? It is pretty low, so they may not be generating much power with it.
Forum: Solar Power 01-03-15, 09:39 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 4,417
Posted By NeilBlanchard
Wind turbines and solar burn no fuel. So they...

Wind turbines and solar burn no fuel. So they cost less and less over time. Sure they require maintenance - but so does nuclear and fossil fuel plants.

Renewable energy gets less expensive the...
Forum: Solar Power 01-02-15, 06:44 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 4,417
Posted By NeilBlanchard
No, they are huge an a single cloud doesn't block...

No, they are huge an a single cloud doesn't block the whole thing, and where they are located has a lot of sun, most of the time. We can use molten salt thermal storage to extend the time they can...
Forum: Conservation 01-01-15, 01:21 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 3,178
Posted By NeilBlanchard
The refrigerator has a double benefit - you don't...

The refrigerator has a double benefit - you don't use the 20W for the bulb, and you then do not have to use more power to remove the heat from the frig. A double win!
Forum: Solar Power 01-01-15, 01:18 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 4,417
Posted By NeilBlanchard
Running that plant will get cheaper over time. ...

Running that plant will get cheaper over time. It gets built, and that is the biggest expense. Any fossil fuel plant, or a nuclear plant has to pay for fuel, and so they get more expensive over...
Forum: Solar Power 12-31-14, 09:26 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 4,417
Posted By NeilBlanchard
The cost of renewable power plants is mostly up...

The cost of renewable power plants is mostly up front, and they get cheaper and cheaper over time - because they burn no fuel. And there is no decommissioning costs, either as there is with nuclear....
Forum: Conservation 08-26-14, 08:46 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,245
Posted By NeilBlanchard
High density cellulose doesn't burn in the wall. ...

High density cellulose doesn't burn in the wall. And it quickly distributes any liquid water so that it evaporates and won't cause problems. For new construction, that is the way I would go.
Forum: Product Reviews 01-03-14, 09:36 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 10,901
Posted By NeilBlanchard
Cordless has definite advantages, but also...

Cordless has definite advantages, but also definite disadvantages. Portability is big advantage, and limited use time is a big disadvantage. Batteries will wear out, and they will need replacing.
...
Forum: The Billiards Room 10-08-13, 07:16 PM
Replies: 98
Views: 13,837
Posted By NeilBlanchard
As we get more data, some things like the rate of...

As we get more data, some things like the rate of Arctic ice is melting, or how quickly the ocean is getting more acidic, or the rate of the tundra is melting - are happening more quickly that the...
Forum: Lawn and Garden 07-31-13, 08:17 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,989
Posted By NeilBlanchard
We have at least one thread on reel mowers, I'm...

We have at least one thread on reel mowers, I'm sure. Here's the best reel mower that I have used, and I have used at least 6 different units.
...
Forum: Solar Power 03-01-13, 07:37 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,929
Posted By NeilBlanchard
Actually, tides are caused by the moon orbiting...

Actually, tides are caused by the moon orbiting the earth. So, the sun is indirectly involved. Geothermal is from the latent heat left over from when the earth formed and from flexing and movement...
Forum: The Billiards Room 02-25-13, 09:07 AM
Replies: 98
Views: 13,837
Posted By NeilBlanchard
The volume of ice in the Arctic is ONE FIFTH what...

The volume of ice in the Arctic is ONE FIFTH what it was in 1980:

Arctic Death Spiral Bombshell: CryoSat-2 Confirms Sea Ice Volume Has Collapsed | ThinkProgress...
Forum: The Billiards Room 03-19-12, 02:40 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 6,922
Posted By NeilBlanchard
Tar sand bitumen is proof we have passed peak...

Tar sand bitumen is proof we have passed peak oil. Case closed.
Forum: The Billiards Room 02-22-12, 07:19 AM
Replies: 60
Views: 11,704
Posted By NeilBlanchard
Alan that is a straw man argument. Reality and...

Alan that is a straw man argument. Reality and facts are what they are. Science is the way we humans are working to understand the universe around us. Climate science is interrelated to almost all...
Forum: The Billiards Room 02-17-12, 05:57 AM
Replies: 60
Views: 11,704
Posted By NeilBlanchard
When the sun explodes, the earth is all done. ...

When the sun explodes, the earth is all done. This is in about a BILLION years. For all intents and purposes, this is unlimited during the time the earth has life on it.

Underwater coal? Yeah,...
Forum: Solar Power 01-19-12, 03:00 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 1,698
Posted By NeilBlanchard
Fibonacci PV Array

Here's an interesting article on setting up Solar PV panels on a "tree" based on the Fibonacci sequence:

The Secret of the Fibonacci Sequence in Trees...
Forum: Wind Power 01-19-12, 02:53 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,450
Posted By NeilBlanchard
The trouble is the trees, I would hazard to...

The trouble is the trees, I would hazard to guess...
Forum: Conservation 01-07-12, 06:07 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,856
Posted By NeilBlanchard
I found out today that the company in Framingham...

I found out today that the company in Framingham MA that recycles Styrofoam (called ReFoamIt) *cannot* take either the pink or blue XPS foam; as it is apparently too dense for their process. Major...
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