This isn’t the “Home Energy Efficiency Improvement Blog”, but maybe it should be. Still battling my new home’s unsightly energy guzzling, I am looking for any and all solutions to cut my utility bill. CNN Money.com just posted a series of improvements homeowners can make to “Cut your energy bills in half”. However, each of these fixes requires a trip to the hardware store at a minimum, and some require professional installation.
Here is a trick the amateur do-it-yourselfer can accomplish right now with a step-ladder and a screwdriver: turn your vents away from exterior windows.
Instead of blowing conditioned air right at the surfaces least insulated from the outside (the windows), vents should be turned facing into the room. This configuration enables heated or cooled air to have the greatest comfort impact while minimizing leakage and conduction to the outside.
Since I’m not CNN, I can’t estimate how much money and energy this simple fix will save, but its costs nothing and can be completed in about 10 minutes.
The promise of the Internet of Things (IoT) is that devices, gadgets, and appliances we use every day will be able to communicate with one another. This potential is not limited to household items or smartphones, but also things we find in our yard and garden, as evidenced by a recent challenge from the element14 design community.
If you didn't realize that PowerPoint presentations are inherently hilarious, you have to see Don McMillan take one apart. McMillan -- aka the Technically Funny Comic -- worked for 10 years as an engineer before he switched to stand-up comedy.
The first Tacoma Narrows Bridge was a Washington State suspension bridge that opened in 1940 and spanned the Tacoma Narrows strait of Puget Sound between Tacoma and the Kitsap Peninsula. It opened to traffic on July 1, 1940, and dramatically collapsed into Puget Sound on November 7, just four months after it opened.
Noting that we now live in an era of “confusion and ill-conceived stuff,” Ammunition design studio founder Robert Brunner, speaking at Gigaom Roadmap, said that by adding connectivity to everything and its mother, we aren't necessarily doing ourselves any favors, with many ‘things’ just fine in their unconnected state.
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