Re: Very cool on mercury concerns re: compact fluorescent bulbs
2008-07-02 11:37:58 UTC
I agree that we should not turn to incandescent bulbs to heat our home, but I think the poster makes a valid point - if the extra energy used by incandescent bulbs generates heat, then the energy is not wasted if it contributes to the ambient temperature in the house on a winters day. It is actually somewhat elegant to integrate uses, rather than have a "1 tool for each task" approach.Turning this idea on its head,people who heat with electricity are missing the chance to light their homes on a cold evening. Perhaps someone coulddevelop an Easy-Bake oven model of home heating, that identifies the actual heat energy given offversus power used fora light bulb. Of course, since many peopledon't even turn off lights when they leave a room, I cannot see how we can convince them to change their bulbs each spring and fall.
EarthWise Thunder Bay
Thunder Bay, Ontario
Solar Thermal Technology
2006-01-24 15:56:07 UTC
Our organization is organizing a 2 day event to showcase solar thermal technology that is currently available for use in residential, commercial and industrial structures. We have identified solar walls, solar water heating and solar space heating as the three areas to focus on. My question to the group is twofold - what companies are operating in Canada that we can invite? (We are aware of EnerWorks, Solcan and SolarWall) - what sorts of secondary presentations/materials may appropriate for such an event? (We have identified a few govt programs that provide subsidies or tax credits for conversions and also the RETScreen program that allws users to forecast potential savings of renewables)
Thanks for this info
Superior Renewable Energy Coop
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