Ken Peavey wrote:Came across this: Under the Desk Heater
120 Volts, 170 Watts, 1.4 Amps.
I'm thinking this will keep my feet plenty warm.
Kathleen Sanderson wrote:Could the kotatsu heater be run off a small solar system? And what do they use for cooking in Japan? Heating hot water?
Travis Johnson wrote:
Still, growing up all I ever heard from my Grandparents was how cold and drafty their house was. It was not insulated at all, so as we are about to move into it (this weekend!) I ripped out the drywall and super insulated it. My cost for all that? A mere $500. My Grandparents spent more than that in a single year just buying oil! Can you imagine how much oil was bought in the last 70 years trying to keep that house warm? It absolutely boggles my mind that no one ever insulated that house!
I've heard of people in Newfoundland sealing their drafty old houses and winding up with a major mold problem. We've had similar issues where I live now on the Wet Coast (BC, Canada). It uses electricity, but we run a dehumidifier during the day, running it 1 hour on, 1 hour off if the temperature dips enough that it freezes up. This is backwards to most dehumidifier uses ("air conditioning" has a *huge* dehumidifying effect), but a damp cold is much more uncomfortable, and possibly dangerous if mold develops, than a dry cold.
but no one does what is boring...use conservation!
This is so important for overall comfort. Way too many houses have either minimal thermal mass, or the thermal mass is not contained inside the insulated space. Our house has a concrete foundation and it does provide some thermal mass effect for the wood stove, but it is not insulated from the ground or the knee-wall, so it's far less effective than it could be.
Also incorporating some thermal mass in the form of water & slate tiles.
Good thinking! This is good for your overall health as well as for keeping warm.
I found this year was that since building the walking desk (desk above a treadmill) I was much less cold while working.
Michael Moreken wrote:This is my first winter in this house. I could not believe the PVC 0.5" water lines below the house. Have no heat turned on. So we'll see what I do when colder winter hits. I know I have to seal one hole up.