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  •  Experience with "whole house" energy monitoring (5+ / 0-)

    I started with a Kill-a-Watt and was hooked on the idea of gathering energy usage data.  I have "graduated" to a whole house energy monitoring system called TED, "The Energy Detective".  I talked about my early experiences a bit on Saturday Morning Home Repair Blog (SMHRB) a couple of weeks ago. TED has already saved us a bundle. We have diagnosed several big energy users that have not been functioning properly. I wonder how much electricity waste is caused by appliances not working correctly and how else (beside monitoring the power) one would ever know?

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    by Milly Watt on Wed Mar 10, 2010 at 09:08:34 PM PST

    •  TED will also capture... (4+ / 0-)

      ....things such as overhead lights, electric oven, electric stove, and the clothes dryer, that you can't plug into a Kill-a-Watt.  

    •  Awesome! (4+ / 0-)
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      Something we will be looking into as we turn the corner on our house. We still have some bleeding to stem before we can gear towards long term efficiency.

      We did drop our heating bills 25% in the Wisconsin winter when we set our thermostat to 55-60degrees. Hint: we wear sweater and warm socks, pretty radical.

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      by BlueGenes on Wed Mar 10, 2010 at 10:13:29 PM PST

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      •  the difference a bit of moving around makes: (3+ / 0-)
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        If you get cold inside, moving around even a little will warm you up quite well.  

        Sitting still reduces metabolic level in a manner analogous to sleep; your body produces less heat, so you feel colder.  

        Long underwear and a knit cap, and sometimes even a scarf, can be useful indoors at lower temps when not moving around much e.g. working at your desk.  

        For reading or watching TV or listening to music: a blanket on the couch is plenty cozy; all the better if you have someone to get cozy with.  Each human body radiates the heat equivalent of a 60-watt light bulb.  

        Dogs & cats sleeping on top of your bed covers are a nice symbiosis for keeping mutually warm at night.   However you need to be very certain that your critter has no ticks, and pretty certain that they don't have fleas, otherwise you could get a nasty disease or two.  Flea-borne diseases in particular can cause  long-term disability; see also Stranded Wind's diaries about Lyme disease.  

        •  Clean dry sox (3+ / 0-)
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          Put on a pair of clean dry socks to sleep in on cold nights

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          by RosyFinch on Wed Mar 10, 2010 at 10:58:31 PM PST

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          •  yes. feet and cooling. (2+ / 0-)
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            Feet are a major input/output device for temperature:-)  If your feet are hot, you're hot; if your feet are cold, you're cold.  This because they've got lots of nice blood vessels and so they act like radiators or heat pumps.

            Socks work well in the winter; or more blankets on the bed.  I've done the blankets thing, including a down comforter.  Holy cow, nice and cozy even when the room is at something like 55 Fahrenheit.  

            For cooling:  It's a stereotype of careless or lazy people to sleep with their feet sticking out from under the covers.  But it turns out that's actually a very smart way to stay cool while sleeping in the summer.  Also a rapid cool down is a quick route to sleep: even in the winter, if I stick my feet out, my body cools down quickly and I get very sleepy very quickly.   Works almost every time.  

    •  Can you write again on this subject... (1+ / 0-)
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      ...for a future ECSTASY diary?  Please?

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      by WarrenS on Thu Mar 11, 2010 at 05:33:32 AM PST

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