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Adam1



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PostPosted: Tue Jan 23, 2007 4:30 pm    Post subject: Passive solar retrofitting Reply with quote

There's a good article on various low tech ways to retrofit passive solar into existing buildings on Energy Bulletin today:

http://www.energybulletin.net/25049.html

The article is worth a read but there is one paragraph that brought a smile (of incredulity) to my face:

http://www.energybulletin.net/25049.html wrote:
Although it seems obvious, it should be stated that passive solar systems need to be oriented towards the sun. It is worth mentioning because people have made the mistake of not doing this in the past.

Huh! Really? Did they have single-digit IQs? The writer must be having us on.
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 09, 2007 2:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I don't know about passive solar but I can point you to a solar-powered bus-stop in York whose panels face practically due North, and straight into the City Walls at that!! Perhaps someone was supposed to put a mirror on the walls but got stopped because "it wouldn't look nice"!
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 09, 2007 2:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

RenewableCandy wrote:
I don't know about passive solar but I can point you to a solar-powered bus-stop in York whose panels face practically due North, and straight into the City Walls at that!! Perhaps someone was supposed to put a mirror on the walls but got stopped because "it wouldn't look nice"!


I'm sure that there is a good explanation, but exactly what power does a bus stop require?


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RenewableCandy



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PostPosted: Tue Oct 09, 2007 3:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Blue Peter wrote:
I'm sure that there is a good explanation, but exactly what power does a bus stop require?
Peter.


I think this one uses it to light up the timetable. Most others have adverts that light up.

(muses...) I wonder what kind of adverts, if any, there'd be after PO hits?
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 09, 2007 4:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I get clients who want conservatories on the north face of the house and then want the dividing wall taken out. I get quite rude about it sometimes, but they very rarely listen. They get the builder to take the wall out after the final inspection by the building inspector.

As my Dad used to say" You can lead a horse to water, but you can't make it drink."
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RenewableCandy



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PostPosted: Tue Oct 09, 2007 4:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

That's barking. Can't you dob them in??

(sorry for Doggist comment there)
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 10, 2007 1:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

kenneal wrote:
As my Dad used to say" You can lead a horse to water, but you can't make it drink."


"You can lead a horse to water, but a pencil must be led".
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