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Simple solar principles
dark gets hot
light reflects
clear keeps the wind out
insulation keeps heat in
heat can be stored and moved
and any window that sees sunlight
is already
a solar


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  •  The window heater at the end is a great idea! (5+ / 0-)
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    gmoke, Words In Action, Lujane, NYFM, JayDean


    Reality has a well-known liberal bias -- Stephen Colbert

    by ItsaMathJoke on Fri May 17, 2013 at 06:53:05 PM PDT

  •  The best of the simple solar principles, my... (1+ / 0-)
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    ...personal favorite, is to make big, big, big, big promises, spend big, big, big, big, big amounts of money, and deliver nothing worthwhile in return.

    Fifty years of worshipful jawboning on "simple" solar principles have simply left our simple minded population - which hears only what it wants to hear - with a simply collapsing atmosphere with 400 ppm of the simple dangerous fossil fuel waste carbon dioxide distributed in it.

    In fact, the use of "simple" solar principles can't even run the servers on this planet dedicated to telling us how wonderful "simple" solar principles are.

    If they were, in fact, "simple," they would have worked.

    They didn't.

    Have a great weekend.

    •  This seems trollish. (5+ / 0-)

      If you're not interested in the topic, feel free to go read something else.

      Reality has a well-known liberal bias -- Stephen Colbert

      by ItsaMathJoke on Fri May 17, 2013 at 09:33:40 PM PDT

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      •  he/she probably can't wait for nukular (4+ / 0-)

        This is a list of 76 universities for Rush Limbaugh that endorse global warming denial, racism, sexism, and GOP lies by broadcasting sports on over 170 Limbaugh radio stations.

        by certainot on Fri May 17, 2013 at 09:48:33 PM PDT

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      •  It is, that's his style. (4+ / 0-)

        It amazes me how a couple of the nuclear power proponents on this site seem to be anti everything else. They seem to be of the deranged belief that proponents of renewable sources of energy are single handedly responsible for nuclear energy not being more prevalent. They never stop to consider that if the powers that be thought nuclear energy was such a panacea and financially attractive that nuclear power plants would be popping up all over the place. After all, these powers that be seem to do as they please in many other areas of their chosen fields of investment regardless of what the DFHs want or wish. China would be going 100% nuclear if nuclear was the best answer. They have the technology and the resources. It is not as if the Chinese establishment does not get its way when they want to. Could it be that there are many other serious considerations for this not happening? China is pursuing aggressively a mixed technologies course and they seem to care about reducing, or at least curving down, their dependence on carbon sources.

        In any case, I never understood why some of these advocates of nuclear energy instead of going around and finding common cause with others that want to reduce or eliminate carbon based energy sources, instead choose to insult them at every opportunity they can find. To them it is always a binary proposition, as if pursuing multiple technologies were not possible or some kind of apostasy. To boot, they act as sole and wholly owners of intelligent thought, everyone else is an ignoramus for not accepting their positions wholeheartedly. Arrogant, isn't it? That comment above is just another hissy fit, it is best ignored.

        "The great enemy of the truth is very often not the lie -- deliberate, contrived and dishonest, but the myth, persistent, persuasive, and unrealistic. Belief in myths allows the comfort of opinion without the discomfort of thought." -John F. Kennedy

        by basquebob on Sat May 18, 2013 at 12:38:51 AM PDT

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    •  I think you wandered into the wrong diary (5+ / 0-)

      But, since we're here, I'll mention that our remodel dropped our energy costs by 1/6 on a square footage basis in winter, and that our summer energy costs did not increase. The house is also dramatically more comfortable and more fun to live in.

      It's mostly old technology, too. Properly sized awnings. South facing glass. Windows to catch the prevailing breeze. A stairwell designed to act as a giant chimney to suck cool air in through the bottom and exhaust hot air out the top. Thermal mass mostly in a big hunk of concrete and a ceramic tile floor.

      The newfangled technology that complements those is well made double-paned windows, that exciting fiberglass insulation, and a solar powered attic fan.

      The house also has LED lighting and water saving plumbing fixtures.

      Our life is better and more comfortable for it.

      Fry, don't be a hero! It's not covered by our health plan!

      by elfling on Fri May 17, 2013 at 09:53:39 PM PDT

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    •  NNuclear: (2+ / 0-)
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      gmoke, KenBee

      Be gone,troll

      Back in the 90's I bought an uninsulated housing complex where the landlord paid for the heat.  Annual heating bill prior to my purchase: $12,000.  First thing I did after purchase: insulate.  Annual heating bill after purchase: $4,000.  Simple physics principles in action.

      •  Wow! This kind of approach will work... (1+ / 0-)
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        ...wonderfully for the 2.6 billion people on this planet who have no access to toilet bowls or even latrines, never mind the resources to buy a housing complex.

        The planet is dying, as I've noted many times over the years, only to be confronted by bourgeois self important brats who have not a single care for the dire poverty in which almost half of the planet lives.   They want to tell me, predictably, about their energy bills, and then they ask me to go away, because being myopic short sighted bastards with no humanity, the truth bothers them.

        Well, lots of people will "be gone," because of fear, ignorance, and your august case you consumer bastard, indifference.

        By the way, your screen name is cute.   I'll bet you watch lots of nature shows on your NF3 generating big screen TV in your housing complex so you can claim to be voicing the wilderness.

        One wonders if you've noticed that all over the planet, the wilderness is burning.

        Thanks for verifying my deepest suspicions about the mentality of fucked up, mindless, barely literate, bourgeois anti-nukes, who, if one reads between the lines of the recent paper by the great climate scientist, Jim Hansen, kill people via the continuous and unyielding application of ignorance.

        Enjoy the rest of the weekend.

  •  make a window heater with metal studs (1+ / 0-)
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    easy- metal 2x4 U -shaped studs can be easily cut to length and attached to a couple of wood strips. paint them black and hang in a window with a curtain/blanket etc inside of it. leave opening at bottom and top. when the sun hits it it sucks from the bottom and flows out the top. on a 4 ft vertical run it goes in at 60 below and comes out over 100 at top (for me).

    This is a list of 76 universities for Rush Limbaugh that endorse global warming denial, racism, sexism, and GOP lies by broadcasting sports on over 170 Limbaugh radio stations.

    by certainot on Fri May 17, 2013 at 09:47:34 PM PDT

  •  I'll add: warm air rises (2+ / 0-)
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    nuclear winter solstice, gmoke

    We exploit this in our house in a couple of ways.

    1. In summer, our location has hot days but cool nights. After the sun goes down, we can cool the house quickly by opening a downstairs window and an upstairs window. We have one window specially placed upstairs to be as close as possible to the ceiling.

    The hot air is eager to rise and go out the highest possible windows. The cold air is pulled in by the pressure gradient.

    More windows + ceiling fans can make it happen even faster.

    2. When the windows are closed, naturally the upstairs is warmer and the downstairs is cooler. In winter, this means we might want to be in a south side upstairs room. In summer, the downstairs rooms are cooler.

    3. We have a wood stove that is pretty much able to warm the whole house to an acceptable level if need be because the warm air can rise to warm the second story. On the other hand, we can close off that room and make one room super toasty.

    Fry, don't be a hero! It's not covered by our health plan!

    by elfling on Fri May 17, 2013 at 10:00:44 PM PDT

    •  exactly. As long as the temp drops to 60 overnight (1+ / 0-)
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      we can open all the windows and cool the house, and then, at just about 10 am, the minute I notice the indoor/outdoor temps have equalized and there is no longer a breeze, I close all the windows and capture that 60, which gradually goes up to 70- but it will stay low even if the outside reaches 85.
          It's when the temp won't drop overnight that we have trouble and the last two years have been the first out of nearly 30 that we have considered a small air-conditioner just for emergencies. Our woods have changed from dank and swampy to dry over the decades and the wetland plants like jack in the pulpit have moved deeper into the woods ad away from the dooryard which is quite dry nowadays.

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