My electric bill for May dropped even more. As you might recall from a previous post on the topic, I cut my electric bill in half by shutting off my hottub and switching from incandescent light bulbs to Compact Fluorescents. My goal was to drop my kilowatt hours (KWH) under 1,000 and last month bills had them at 758 and now they 717 (see photo of my bill below)!! We're well under half my peak bill in January at 1,841 KWHs. Anything generating heat is a killer!! Imagine if everyone tried a few things like this. The electric companies would be begging us to use more power.
Well, I have to confess, our 25-year-old electric dryer broke down about midway through May and given a graduation and other stuff, we have not replaced it. The clothes dry outside and end up like cardboard. Anyhow, our two college age kids are home for the summer so we've probably hit bottom in terms of KWHs. But it's not that hard to reduce your electric bill.
BTW, I'm keeping the old Hotpoint dryer. All it needed was a new belt and dryers aren't much more energy efficient than they were 25 years ago (washers are, though). Heat is heat. And don't throw away your old appliance either. In the words of one repair and parts site: "A good rule of thumb is, if it can break, melt, dull or wear we can order it for you."
My goal was to drop my kilowatt hours under 1,000. Last month's bill had them at 758 and now they're at 717.
Robots that walk have come a long way from simple barebones walking machines or pairs of legs without an upper body and head. Much of the research these days focuses on making more humanoid robots. But they are not all created equal.
The IEEE Computer Society has named the top 10 trends for 2014. You can expect the convergence of cloud computing and mobile devices, advances in health care data and devices, as well as privacy issues in social media to make the headlines. And 3D printing came out of nowhere to make a big splash.
For industrial control applications, or even a simple assembly line, that machine can go almost 24/7 without a break. But what happens when the task is a little more complex? That’s where the “smart” machine would come in. The smart machine is one that has some simple (or complex in some cases) processing capability to be able to adapt to changing conditions. Such machines are suited for a host of applications, including automotive, aerospace, defense, medical, computers and electronics, telecommunications, consumer goods, and so on. This discussion will examine what’s possible with smart machines, and what tradeoffs need to be made to implement such a solution.