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Burning Down The House

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Location: Kent (East Hill), WA

PostPosted: Sat Jun 28, 2008 4:41 pm    Post subject: Burning Down The House Reply with quote

For years, it bothered me that in summer, during the very hottest days, my bedroom (of my one bedroom apartment) would heat up way hotter than the outside temperature. [I have an Oregon Scientific thermometer with a remote sensor so I know the inside and outside temperature.] I could not understand where the "extra" heat was coming from. At first I decided to tape up all the pipes on the hot water heater which is in my bedroom closet. I convinced myself that it did some good...but not quite as much as I would have liked.

Then after talking to the sage of Portland, my good friend Brian Hansen, I began to suspect the tv and dvd player in the bedroom. I knew that the dvd player was always somewhat warm and the tv had an instant on feature. I gave it a try and unplugged them both.

Wow! It made all the difference. Now my bedroom is nearly 8 degrees cooler than the outside temperature (especially if I draw the blinds to block the sunshine). I think it really tells how much excess heat (and electricity) a piece of electronics which is "off" is really using!!!
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