paul wheaton wrote:
My first draft at an article on this is up: http://www.richsoil.com/electric-heat.jsp
I will probably need to polish it over the next fews days/weeks ...
What part(s) reads a little weird and could use some polish?
Shawn Bell wrote:
And there are the people that rent or lease, that have no choice but electric heat.
And also the people who own but can't afford to change heating tech until they
save money on their electric bill.
paul wheaton wrote:
I think of this as a "wheaton eco scale" sort of thing. Some folks around a 4 or so are ready for a rocket mass heater . Some folks around a 6 or so are ready for a wofati . And folks at level 2 might be willing to try this stuff - but rmh or wofati seems crazy to them. And people at level 4 have an inclination to bash people at levels 0 through 3.
jacque greenleaf wrote:Following bread crumbs around the intertubes, I came across this article - http://www.lowtechmagazine.com/2011/02/body-insulation-thermal-underwear.html#more
Who knew there was a way to quantify the effect of different clothing on winter warmth? Number nerds strike again. The comments are also informative.
mekennedy1313 McCoy wrote:One thing I haven't seen here is a possible downside of keeping a home on the cooler side. Moisture! It tends to condense on windows and even when it is cool promotes mold and mildew growth. Keep it in mind.
yukkuri kame wrote:In Japan most construction, both old and new is shoddy and hardly insulated at all. Think about it, these people are famous for paper walls. Older houses, in particularly, are very drafty. Some of the older solutions are about heating people, not the space.
There are lots of cold bathrooms in Japan, but heated toilet seats. Makes all the difference in the world.
The kotatsu is a delightful Japanese hybrid between a coffee table and a blanket.
They may be electrically heated, or just a plain blanket heated with body heat. Either way, it gets cozy under the kotatsu, keeping people warm, without needing to heat a room, nevermind a house. Even better if there are others to play footsies with. I don't think this idea is just for floor sitters, either. Easily adaptable to western furniture, though the chairs will create more opportunities for drafts, and there will be more space under the table to heat. Bottom line is throw a blanket over the table, and put a moderately heavy table-top on the blanket and you are good to go. Biggest danger with the kotatsu, is not wanting to leave the table, keep pouring drinks and end up passed out under the kotatsu.
Lastly, never underestimate the power of a hot water bottle.
Marcos Buenijo wrote:I'm also using natural gas for heating (which is more efficient than electricity).
Nickie Irvine wrote:I've been very interested in your "heat bubble" idea - a friend shared it with me, and I've been sharing it too. But when I try to reproduce your ~80W setup, I cannot find the pet warmer available in a 15W model. The link in your article is for a 40-60W heat pad. Can't find 15W anywhere. Do you have another link or more detail on what you bought?
Nickie Irvine wrote:Thanks Paul. That helps me to figure out which one to get. Just to clarify how you are measuring the 15W heating pad - are you pro-rating it over a 24 hour period (and turning it off when you are not at your station), or is your 24-hr metering for leaving it on for 24 hours? I think the former, but wanted to make sure. Nickie