paul wheaton wrote:As the cooler days approach, I went and prepared for this years experiments in heat.
I have set the thermostats to 50.
I have purchased:
[url=http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B000PWJP7C/rs12-20]a dog bed warmer
[url=http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B000GG8DTS/rs12-20]a 300 watt radiant heater
[url=http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B000ANOUHQ/rs12-20]A butt warmer
and, [url=http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B000P7O5DG/rs12-20]a contraption for converting AC to DC for the butt warmer
I expect that I will feel plenty warm and that my electric bill will be a tiny fraction of what it would otherwise be.
The problem with the pads last year:
1) they would shut off after two hours - so I would have to turn them back on again.
2) to do "medium" heat, they would cycle on and off between the edge of "ow! that's too hot!" and "I'm starting to get cold - is this thing on?"
I hope that the stuff I'm trying this year doesn't do that.
I also stocked up on incandescent light bulbs and am toying with the idea of hanging a chick brooder light over my head (my head comes complete with a bald spot).
I tried the chick brooder light under my desk, over my feet last year. Feh - not a big help. Not nearly as good as the heating pad and the heating pad uses a lot less power. Plus, the light coming from under the desk was kinda bright and weird and I didn't like it.
As winter sets in, I'll try to post the results of my experiments here.