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Tuesday, November 28, 2006


November Snow in Seattle is a rare thing, but we've got it. It's 11:00 am, and the mercury (or, accurately, the digital thermometer...) says 25 degrees fahrenheit. A "normal" November day would be about 40 degrees, and have a bit of rain. The normal month entire would see a bit less than 6 inches of rainfall. So far, we're pushing 15 inches, which is the record for any month they've got.


But it's made me create a brilliant new energy-saving invention that I hope will come into use. I had a brief silly moment when I went to get a soda and was disappointed that there were none in the 'fridge, but then realized that there were more in the patio storage area. Since a refridgerator is normally at about 38 degrees, the patio was cooler, and, of course, costing no energy. But then I thought, my refridgerator lives in a well-insulated apartment that usually is at about 69 degrees. Why am I paying for power and coolant to reduce the stuff inside by 30 degrees when everything outside is colder than that anyhow?

What I need to invent is some way to link the thermostat to a refridgerator to a blower hooked up to the outside. Naturally it would be prohibitively expensive to modify just one 'fridge this way, but wouldn't this be a great thing to invent? How much energy could be saved in millions of homes by being able to cool your food with only the power of a small fan any time it was less than 40 degrees outside? All you would need is a thermometer outside, and a sensor that would decide whether to use the powered air conditioning, or the passive cooling.

Imagine not just home refridgeration, but the massive walk-in coolers at grocery stores, being able to just channel outside air rather than use energy.

Is this possible? Has anyone tried it?

I'm sure this would save a jillion and a half watts.

2 Comments:

  • At 10:31 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Could just open the fridge door until such time as the environment is above 38 degrees.......

    Patent Pending.

     
  • At 10:43 PM , Blogger Argentius said...

    No, dumbass, that's just going to make the house cold.

    The whole problem is you've got:
    a ) Cold fridge
    b ) warm house
    C ) cold outside

    I want to link A) and C), bypassing B.

    If the refridgerator happens to be in the garage, then it doesn't have any need for this system, anyway, does it?

     

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