Sunday, April 10, 2011

Simple Stuff

I just saw a YouTube video on a nice, simple, efficient setup for washing the laundry by hand...

I really like nice simple solutions -- I think we tend to make things much more complicated than they need to be and end up being slaves to or labor saving junk.

So, here is a list of a few of my favorite simple ideas and projects.

Bubble Wrap Window Insulation...

Just spray a little water on the window, and apply bubble wrap.  Instant R1 added.

Electric Mattress Pad to Save Heating Fuel...

An electric mattress pad keeps you warm at night and allows you to turn the thermostat down further and still be very comfortable.  Simple and easy and saves a surprising amount of energy...

 Hippo Rollers...

 One of my all time favorite simple solutions!

 Judy of the Woods...

 I think Judy has if figured out.

 Eight Simple Projects that Cost $380 and Save $900 a year...

 You can spend $40K on a PV array and save 10,000 KWH a year, or you can spend $380 on projects like these and save 10,000 KWH a year.  Why do so many people choose the PV at 100 times the price for the same saving?

Got any simple projects/ideas you would like to add???



  1. Although venting the dryer into the house would possibly save on energy costs having the extra moisture dumped inside the house could set up the conditions for mold. Perhaps a dryer vent gas heat exchanger would be a better solution though it would certainly not be as cost effective.

  2. Moisture problems associated with venting the dryer inside depend a lot on climate and on other moisture sources inside the house.
    In our dry climate, the moisture from the dryer is very welcome and causes no problem at all -- I believe this is true for much of the west.
    Its quite a good energy saving -- both recovering the heat and preventing the dryer from pulling in more cold outside air:



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