paul wheaton wrote:
I posted this out to reddit in the frugal section and it was quickly downvoted into oblivion. I used the title "I knocked 70%+ off of the power bill. And as part of the strategy, I replaced CFL with incandescent. That's right, I ditched fluorescent."
One person said that it was a red herring.
I think that person missed the point. The point was that the amount of power one can save be switching to fluorescent is trivial. The real energy savings come with other things.
Further, I really think all this hype about fluorescent has far more to do with making money for light bulb manufacturers, than to save energy. And when people talk about the ROI with using fluorescent, they are not taking into account the slice of their tax money that was used to subsidize fluorescent.
the savings on one bulb may be small but on millions of bulbs no
and they last several times as long
Tel, I would not use regular paint with the additive for that purpose, but if you could get ahold of some high heat paint, that might just work. The regular (whether latex or alkyd) would fail and pull the ceramic beads down with it I believe.
BTW I've used Hy-Tech a few times and been happy with them. FWIW.
The one thing I've done with amazing results was to paint my roof-solid aluminum sheet-with a product that has NASA backed technology in it in the form of microscopic ceramics. The ceramics stop heat transfer. Before, in the summer, placing my hand on the ceiling, it would be downright hot. After, it stayed cool! This stuff is way more than just white paint. Do a search on ceramic paint additive to find out. If anyone is getting ready to paint their house, putting this on should produce substantial energy savings, among other benefits, too. I'd like to hear from anyone who's done this, too.
For a different slant on this...
paul wheaton wrote:
Well, I think the keys are (in order):
1) I dried my clothes on a rack instead of using the dryer. I think I might have used the dryer twice. David never used drying racks.
Tel there is a high temp paint formulated for industrial use.
don miller; MountainDon wrote:
On the dryer vent inside thing.... please always remember to mention this only applies to electric driers, not natural gas or propane. Those will not only add extra moisture from clothing and the combustion process, but all the other nasty byproducts of combustion as well.