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Off the gas pipe – introduction

In many places the most popular source of energy for cooking, heating and preparing domestic hot water is the natural gas. If you’re far from the nearest natural gas pipeline, you probably use propane or propane/butane mixture (also known as liquefied petroleum gas — LPG). But what to do if you don’t want to use those non-renewable fuels?

First of all, to be hones, you don’t need propane nor natural gas at all! (more…)

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Keeping room temperature — introduction

In almost all modern homes the most energy is used to keep the room temperature on the desired level. It includes both heating in winter and air conditioning in summer. In some climates you need only one of those, in temperate climates you need both. For example, in Poland we have annual mean temperatures close to 6-10°C (43-50°F): in winter it easily drops to -25°C (-13°F) and in summer it may reach +35°C (95°F) (1). So we need to warm our homes and sometimes to cool them using air conditioners. In addition, we need to warm our domestic hot water supply as we like to bath in hot water. 😉 (more…)

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