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-texted everyone back?

-done your homework?

-left the oven on?

-fed your pets today?

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-eaten today?

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Why Heat The Building When You Can Heat The Person?

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by Michael Keller

Fall is rapidly approaching and temperatures have already started to drop in some areas of the country. It’s time to figure out where the jackets got hidden at the end of last winter and whether the heater is up for the task this year. 

Residential and commercial buildings were responsible for 40 percent of all the energy consumed in the U.S. in 2013. That total makes the lighting, heating and cooling of indoor residential and commercial spaces the most power hungry of all users, beating industrial and transportation consumption by more than 10 percent each. Buildings also contribute almost 40 percent of all U.S. carbon dioxide emissions. 

Focusing in, it turns out that space heating is the biggest energy hog and accounts for 37 percent of the total power consumed by U.S. buildings in 2010, according to the Buildings Energy Data Book

Why isn’t there a smarter way than heating rooms regardless of whether people are in them or that the living things that occupy a space take up only a fraction of the conditioned area?

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Winter notes:
I moved into my new house late in the season, and had no time to bring in wood. I decided to try compressed wood bricks. They have really worked well. They burn slower then lumber and leave almost no ash. They light easy and fast. I figure a ton of bricks equates to about 1 3/4 cord the way we are burning. Right now I have a bout 3.5 tones out in the garage. I think that will bring me through the winter. I got it delivered at $210 a ton. I will still bring in wood if I can get it free, but I think I am going to buy at least 2 tons of bricks each winter.

Winter is coming!  So I thought I’d generate some maps on how people heat their houses. The top map shows the balance between electricity and gas, which are by far the most common heating methods. Gas values include both utility-provided gas and non-utility gas (e.g., bottles, tanks). The scale shows how many times more households use a given method. For example, the darkest purple shade means a county has at least seven times more houses heated by electricity than gas. The lightest orange shade signifies a county where more households use gas, but there are fewer than twice as many gas users as electricity users. The trend in this map is quite clear – the Northwest and Southeast tend to use electricity, while the rest of the country relies on gas.

The second map shows the plurality (most common, but not necessarily the majority) heating method for each county. The vast majority of counties use gas or electricity as the dominant heating method. However, in the Northeast, fuel oil/kerosene is the mode choice. In some western counties, burning wood is the most common heating method. Finally, in Hawaii, most households don’t have any heating method installed.

Data source: http://factfinder2.census.gov/ (Table B25040)

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