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    Government telling you how to heat/cool your home


    When I lived in the barracks, the temperature was set and there was nothing we could do to change it. Now, the powers-to-be want to tell you how to heat and cool your homes. I wonder how many of these smart meters have been installed in business places.
    Fox 5 NY is reporting that Energy Star, a federal program managed jointly by the Department of Energy and the Environmental Protection Agency that provides information to consumers about energy efficiency is asking consumers to keep their temperatures set at 78 degrees Fahrenheit or higher.
    According to Energy Star, keeping your central air thermostat set to 78 degrees is optimal for both cooling and energy efficiency, but this recommendation only applies to the times when you are home.
    While you are away from the house during the day, you should keep the thermostat set to 85 degrees or higher.
    While you sleep, Energy Star recommends keeping the temperature set at 82 degrees or higher.
    We keep our home set at 79 all the time. (And I still have to put on a long-sleeve shirt or sweater because of the cold air blasting on me.)
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    82-85? Really? I guess they haven't heard of humidity. Having my house as warm as they suggest would likely create a toxic environment of mold and mildew, not to mention the perspiration and lack of sleep caused by this.

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    Removing humidity in some areas requires almost constant air flow across the evaporator coil. Some people may have to purchase dehumidifiers, which of course uses more electricity.

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    Winters are mild, here. Never had a frost according to the Aboriginals. It's winter, now...maybe 48 degrees at midnight...so...the woodburner's on at my end of the place and the big woodburner's on in the big lounge room. We get 50% of our wood from seasoned treefalls we find one year...and cut it, the next. The rest...we buy. Dense, seasoned hardwood cost about $130 ($91) for one level pickup tray full. Anything that burns...gets burned...plastics...whatever.

    The summer's are torrid, drippy wet. Big screened doors have a nice breeze come down the hill we are on...through the house. I have a huge AC in the studio...so...hang out in there most times.

    I don't think it's possible to regulate temps by the Ozzy gubbermint....
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    OK, now we have the temp police.
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    Quote Originally Posted by teeceetx View Post
    82-85? Really? I guess they haven't heard of humidity. Having my house as warm as they suggest would likely create a toxic environment of mold and mildew, not to mention the perspiration and lack of sleep caused by this.
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    They don't know and they don't care. Remember the first water-saving commodes? They DO NOT FLUSH. Users had to flush three times to clear.

    And even with the new ones...the reduced water in the sewerage system, is causing clogs - not enough to wash turds down the system.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MedicineBow View Post
    Removing humidity in some areas requires almost constant air flow across the evaporator coil. Some people may have to purchase dehumidifiers, which of course uses more electricity.
    I lived in a swampy area and needed the largest dehumidifier I could get, I think it was 60 pints, it threw off a whole lot of heat that the window units then had to fight in addition to the heat from outside my lights were periodically dimming all summer as the window units, dehumidifier and refrigerator kicked on and off, my budget was never lower than 275/mo while I lived there.
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    Quote Originally Posted by fortis View Post
    OK, now we have the temp police.
    They're an offshoot of the Toilet Police.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Frankenvoter View Post
    I lived in a swampy area and needed the largest dehumidifier I could get, I think it was 60 pints, it threw off a whole lot of heat that the window units then had to fight in addition to the heat from outside my lights were periodically dimming all summer as the window units, dehumidifier and refrigerator kicked on and off, my budget was never lower than 275/mo while I lived there.
    This is what we use for the humidity (other than our large A/C) in a room that gets humid.

    http://www.drizair.com/products.html

    No electricity needed. You just put it out full of crystals. Dump accumulated water as needed and add more crystals. Foolproof. I paid approx 12 bucks for the black container, and about the same for a large tub of crystals. They go a long way.
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    They don't know and they don't care. Remember the first water-saving commodes? They DO NOT FLUSH. Users had to flush three times to clear.

    I'm thinking that must be a "brand" problem too. We installed 2 duel flush toilets 5 or 6 years ago & never had a problem. They even paid for themselves in 10 month because it dropped the amount of water we used. They only cost $100 each & we bought them at Sam's. I think they were called toilet in a box & had everything I needed to install them. I wish that I could replace the toilet we have upstairs but it's one of the very old kind & sits right next to the wall. We don't use it enough to pay big money for one that will fit.

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