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Message 944023 - Posted: 31 Oct 2009, 0:56:53 UTC

along with running seti, i inherited a green thumb.
so having alot of plants that would suffer in the cooler weather..i put them in the shop with some warm running pentium 4's...one hibiscus is blooming
more now than it did during the summer.

i'm planning to add a few more computers as the colder air arrives...
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Message 944046 - Posted: 31 Oct 2009, 1:54:18 UTC - in response to Message 944023.  

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Message 944059 - Posted: 31 Oct 2009, 2:17:53 UTC

Reminds me of "Little shop of Horrors" movie, where the plant took over the shop and started eating the customers :-)

Its summer here (Sydney, Australia) so most of mine are off and the room they are in is 31 degrees at the moment.
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Message 944064 - Posted: 31 Oct 2009, 2:40:06 UTC

Let's go green cruncers =) *yippie*


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Message 944106 - Posted: 31 Oct 2009, 4:00:32 UTC

Just be careful of the humidity. Electronics don't like it as moist as plants do.

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Message 944610 - Posted: 2 Nov 2009, 13:59:30 UTC

As it has gotten cooler I have powered on some of my older machines at home. With the extra amount of heat from running seti@home my thermostat is still in the off position. This week is 50's F for the highs & 40's F for the lows. A few weeks ago it was around the same temps & I was keeping over 70F in my home.

My electric bill for October, I'm 100% electric, is about 15% less then it was last year when I was using the heat. The bill says the average temp is 2 degrees lower and currently the cost per KW/h is more. So it's looking like win win so far. :D
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Message 944611 - Posted: 2 Nov 2009, 14:18:50 UTC - in response to Message 944610.  

So what you're saying is that an older computer, which is designed to turn electricty into calculations, but throws out waste heat as a by-product, is actually more efficient in keeping you warm than your main heating system, which was (presumably) designed purely to turn electricity directly into heat. I suppose that the computer(s) produce heat more directly where you need it, whereas the heating syatem is designed to keep the whole house warm?

Otherwise - you probably have a claim against the designer/manufacture/installer of your heating sysem - it's obviously not as efficient as it should or could be!
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Message 944614 - Posted: 2 Nov 2009, 14:34:05 UTC - in response to Message 944611.  

Find a way to turn that heat back into electrical energy... and you'll be a millionaire overnight!
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Message 944615 - Posted: 2 Nov 2009, 14:38:06 UTC - in response to Message 944614.  

Find a way to turn that heat back into electrical energy... and you'll be a millionaire overnight!


A peltier element will generate electrical energy if you heat one side and cool the other. However they are not the most efficent at it. Using waste heat to make hot water would probably be more efficent.
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Message 944617 - Posted: 2 Nov 2009, 14:46:13 UTC - in response to Message 944611.  

So what you're saying is that an older computer, which is designed to turn electricty into calculations, but throws out waste heat as a by-product, is actually more efficient in keeping you warm than your main heating system, which was (presumably) designed purely to turn electricity directly into heat. I suppose that the computer(s) produce heat more directly where you need it, whereas the heating syatem is designed to keep the whole house warm?

Otherwise - you probably have a claim against the designer/manufacture/installer of your heating sysem - it's obviously not as efficient as it should or could be!


The condo I live in is 30+ years old. This system just has big wire heating coils that get air blown over them. So the computers waste heat as a heating device is probably more efficent...

It's not that it is really being kept warm so much as it's just not cold. I'm sure once it gets cold & the heat is on I'll still have $400+/mo electric bills. I'll just feel better about it is part of that is comming from something useful.
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Message 944644 - Posted: 2 Nov 2009, 17:56:58 UTC - in response to Message 944611.  

So what you're saying is that an older computer, which is designed to turn electricty into calculations, but throws out waste heat as a by-product, is actually more efficient in keeping you warm than your main heating system, which was (presumably) designed purely to turn electricity directly into heat. I suppose that the computer(s) produce heat more directly where you need it, whereas the heating syatem is designed to keep the whole house warm?

Otherwise - you probably have a claim against the designer/manufacture/installer of your heating sysem - it's obviously not as efficient as it should or could be!


yep, i've seen this here in my room in the winter...

right now, the window is open cooling my room, but if it starts to go 50F or lower, i'll be shutting the window.


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