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1 Too Hot to Handle, Too Cold to Hold How to save up to 40% on your energy bill


3 Your Appliance IQ Where do you use your other 27%? What rooms of the house? What activities?

4 How Much Does it Use? Power Consumption (Watts) TV215 Laptop120 Coffee Maker1200 Microwave1500 Dryer2800 Dishwasher1200 Freezer400 Hair Dryer1000 Toaster1000 Fridge700 Well Pump2250

5 How Much Are You Paying? Monthly Cost (Estimated) TV$4.00 Laptop$2.05 Coffee Maker$1.30 Microwave$1.05 Clothes Dryer$12.11 Dishwasher$5.21 Freezer$1.74 Hair Dryer$0.84 Refrigerator$21.27 Well Pump$3.50 Total$53.07 WI Avg (from EIA) $81.71 US Avg (from EIA) $103.67

6 Heating: The Big One 40% of personal energy use (more in WI) Single biggest source of personal energy use

7 Some Like it Hot: How We Get Heat Gas Heating Electric Heating Wood Stove Geothermal

8 Gas vs Electric What's Hot What's Not? Gas Burn fuel to produce heat Electric Burn fuel to produce heat Heat water to make steam Use steam to run turbine Use turbine to power generator Make electricity Use resistor to make heat

9 Electric heat uses 2-3 times as much gas from plant to house. How much more does it cost to use an electric heater? Which is better, gas or electric? ARESPACE_CACHEVERSION=

10 Ways to Make Electricity Heat Engines Coal plants Gas plants Nuclear plants Solar thermal Biomass Other Hydro Wind Tide Solar PV p3-MLQDfmIY/s1600/renewable+energy+overview.gif

11 Heat Engines vs Other Electric Revisited Heat Engines Maximum efficiency limited by thermodynamics (physics) Power plants are 30-50% efficient What happens to the other half? Waste heat! Can we use the waste heat to produce more work? Other Electric No fuel burned to create electricity, free resources Electricity can be converted to heat at 100% efficiency Take up a lot of space (square feet per megawatt)

12 Waste Heat 100 GJ/yr = 3.17 kW…like every person in WI had 3 hair dryers running 24/7 the whole year.

13 Heat Pumps and Geothermal Heat What is a heat pump? Heat engine in reverse (same idea as a refrigerator) Put work in to get heat flow

14 So How Do They Work? You need a working fluid to transport the energy where you want it to go. This must be pumped around. The work needed is proportional to the difference between the outside and inside temperatures.

15 The Nitty Gritty on Heat Pumps As the temperatures get nearer, you need less and less work to get heating/cooling. Geothermal cooling is 75% more efficient than the refrigerator in your kitchen.

16 What Does This Mean? Three Ways to Eliminate Paying For Space and Water Heating Option 1 Harnessing waste heat from power plants would more than meet the space/water heating needs of all the US (residential). Can we do it? Option 2 Integrated renewables (solar/wind) provide free energy resources that can be converted completely to heat. Option 3 Geothermal heat pumps achieve the desired heat transfer with minimal work input.

17 A Caveat: Quality of Energy If we can convert energy into work, its more useful (ie higher quality). The quality of thermal energy (heat) is proportional to how much higher its temperature is than the surroundings. Mechanical energy and electricity are the highest quality (convert into any form 100%). Are electricity and high energy density fuels the best way to heat our houses and water?

18 A Re-envisioned Power Grid Figure 4 - Results from this study highlight the benefits of a alternate energy consumption paradigm where power is generated in a distributed fashion, maximizing waste heat recovery opportunities and reducing primary energy consumption

19 A Final Thought Use the right quality energy for the job!

20 In Summary When it comes to conserving energy and saving money, there are a few key ideas. 1) For high temperature applications, gas saves 67% on energy and cost. (Hotter than you want to touch). 2) For space/water heating, we have an excess of waste heat from power plants and an abundance of geothermal heat. 3) To fill in gaps and further reduce costs, integrated renewables (wind/solar) are a cure-all.

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