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for whatever european home owners exist in the town && wider fediverse: remember that you can heat the people and not the space this extremely costly winter

lowtechmagazine.com/2015/02/he

@cblgh I fail to understand how I can tune my habits and heating systems to maximise the efficiency as exposed in the article on a practical level.
Having a foot stove with coal or a heated stone under my work desk does not seem practical nor comfortable.
Heating spaces and having a central heat source may be inefficient but it's surely practical.

@cirku17 @cblgh I just bought a small infrared heating panel for my legs, I'm basically in one small room during my workday so there is no real need to heat the whole house (my heating uses gas). I've just started using it but it's very effective.

@cirku17 @cblgh Just replace the coal with electricity and it becomes quite comfortable. I use a small electric blanket to sit on and it allows me to work at my computer at around 18°C, which would otherwise be far too cold for me

@frainz @cblgh Yes, I was thinking to those heated clothes as well. But electricity for heating is quite inefficient, mostly for its price, so we get back to the beginning.

@cirku17 @cblgh Afaik contact electric heating is still more efficient than gas space heating. A small heating blanket needs only about 30W. I havent done the cost calculation for current gas and electricity prices though

@cirku17 @cblgh at the end of the article: "It makes good sense to return to this concept of heating, but that doesn't mean that we have to go back to using fireplaces and carrying burning embers around the house. While the old concept of heating is more energy-efficient, the same cannot be said of most of the old heating devices."

@electret @cblgh Ok, I didn't catch that. But it doesn't exactly prove against my point, does it?

@cirku17 @cblgh no sorry, just wanted to highlight this but didn't mean to tag you!

@cblgh and I thought the chosen solution was to warm up the planet :]

@cblgh

Keep in mind that is the temperature in your room - or the temperature of your walls to be more precise - is lowered beyond a certain point, the likelihood of mold build-up is greatly increased, which can have bad consequences for your health.

Also, the main reason heating techniques used to be different in the past is because isolation of buildings was piss poor and anything other than localized heat sources simply wasn't feasible.

@just_a_frog of course, absolutism isn't beneficial in any direction. but lowering the indoor temperature to lower than comfort and supplementing with solutions like hot water bottles & kotatsus can be the difference that saves or breaks the bank for a lot of people this winter while not degrading the housing materials

@cblgh I wish they would be bring back the victorian bed warmer pans too

@ritualdust @cblgh I read "victorian bed warmer pants" and was suddenly very excited

@cblgh
that's all good, but it misses to say what collective infrastructure could be done, like massive heating and colding networks. and how remonte working distributed centers help reducing emissions from transportation for the most jobs existing who consist to be sat in front of a computer

@cblgh this is really cool. As someone who lives in a state in the US where landlords usually don't install heaters, this could be useful!

@cblgh You know, this explains a lot about why my old house was always cold, despite being newer than my current house.

Too many huge as fuck windows, and no curtain rods (and a series of absolutely horrible agents who barely responded to actual maintenance requests and knocked back every request for hooks of any kind, so it wasn't like we could make them happen anyway).

Heavy drapes might have done a bit to keep the windows from letting all the heat out, but it probably helps more to not have gigantic windows in all the worst places. (And yet, in the same house, the entire hallway had no natural lighting or outdoor ventilation of its own.)

@cblgh
That house, we were told, had indoor blinds so we didn't need curtains. Said indoor blinds were absolutely pathetic - the privacy layer only worked if you had all the lights off and the sun wasn't at the wrong angle. The opaque blind leaked light and heat around the sides. And they were just thin polyester.

Whereas, in my current house - built in the early 50s and showing its age with the cracking - every window has curtain rod hooks, and the front rooms have double hooks so you can hang a inner mesh or privacy curtain, and an outer heavy curtain. (We did have to supply our own rods and curtains, but that was expected.) Once I add a drape to stand in for the door to the laundry and bathroom, I think the house will be quite toasty no matter the weather (it gets pretty toasty anyway, even using poorly-placed reverse-cycle heaters).

@cblgh Interesting article - thanks for posting

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