Batteries aren't the only way to store energy. Here's another.


  1. Technology Connections

    Technology Connections

    7 dagar sedan

    Hey! I realized that I pretty much only talked about the residential side of things and left some of the tactics commercial buildings use until the very end. Well, here’s me now saying that this is by no means something we can’t apply wherever it would work. In fact, many commercial buildings are doing pre-cooling already when it makes sense for them. None of the ideas presented here are new, exactly. But I do think there’s a lot of potential here specifically when it comes to getting use out of renewables. “Make hay while the sun is shining” is a perfect expression, here. In some areas we’re already running into issues where there’s so much solar capacity that we can’t use it all. Rather than wait until we have more electrochemical batteries at our disposal, perhaps we can use all this thermal mass we have. The key thing about insulation is that it slows the transfer of heat. That means it buys you time. The challenge of renewables has always been that the time of production doesn’t match the time of consumption, but with more intelligent control and awareness of a building’s thermal capacity, ability to pre-heat and pre-cool, and the tolerances of its occupants we have a pretty flexible tool for shifting consumption right now.

    • Jason King

      Jason King

      27 minuter sedan

      @Ereena Tc You misunderstood. Your comment has zero to do with what I stated or my situation. They (my utility) turns off the AC compressor, not me. I get no notification. If the AC is running and they turn off the compressor, the blower remains on automatically (the fan is set to auto, not “on” nor “circulate.”) because the thermostat tells the system to still run. I’m either not home to turn it off or won’t notice until hot air starts to blow into the house. You made a lot of unnecessary commenting that has absolutely nothing to do with me, my situation, or my system. Let me explain how it works. SCE (my local utility) puts a shutoff control system on the compressor outside if you sign up for this program. They take about $50/month off the bill for this. During the three years they only did it twice. Both times I wasn’t home during the hour they shut it off. When they shut it off, they only shut off the compressor. The fan continues to run. Since the ducting goes through the attic, the attic heats up the ducting because there is no cold air being created (BECAUSE SCE TURNED OFF THE COMPRESSOR.) As a result the house heats up more than it would if they shut off the whole system instead of just the compressor. Did I mention that I wasn’t home both times and didn’t notice until the house already heated up?) Understand now? I’M NOT HOME TO TURN IT OFF AND DIDNT KNOW THE HOUSE GOT HOT BECAUSE I’M NOT HOME. What other people have is not relevant to what I have and how my system works. So explaining what they have has no baring on what actually happens with systems like mine (and what 99% of people have in SoCal.) This is how most systems work. When the compressor fails, doesn’t work efficiently, or is shut off, the fan will still blow when the thermostat gets to a certain reading (even when set to auto.) I even called SCE and told them my concern and they said they can’t shut off the whole system because some people have filters or need constant circulation. Anyway it’s moot now. I got rid of it and am completely self sustained. No need for this energy wasting program since I now produce my own energy and am a net producer.

    • Ereena Tc

      Ereena Tc

      Timme sedan

      @Jason King no you're the guy that doesn't turn off the blower when the compressor is off on your central air conditioner even though that is a little switch on your thermostat and frankly I have a thermostat that has a third position which allows me to have the blower turn on briefly as if the condenser is operating when it is also off continuously. I gave you enough information that you lack that you should be grateful but obviously you haven't studied the entirety of the comment. The reason variable speed blowers are helpful in combination with variable speed compressors is that you can keep The temperature of the vapor of coil below dew point. And you can do this without using much energy to operate the compressor. In this way you can use less metal for the coils because you lo utilize them all the time. By having the system start stop at full speed or not be able to go down to extremely low energy speeds you don't take advantage of their surface area which is the key to reducing the energy to operate your printer without it jamming. But the real problem is you're using technology designed to keep printers from jamming to keep your body from overheating. That does not work and is destroying our planet. We have people on this earth who are clueless but very very wealthy for example Lord Branson turned a lost necklace into a fortune and with a pittance of his profitering tried to disrupt the air conditioning industry. Because he was too busy talking virgin this or virgin that instead of disrupting the air conditioning industry he helped it metastasize further into new nations that otherwise might have done far better than Central deer modification or a room demonification. Of course I'm saying do you minify. The humidity is not the problem. Ignorance of the technological solutions is. This channel is about technological connections like the abuse of selling printing press d gaming solutions I said d jamming solutions to people who were wanting to sweat less and just helping them sweat covertly in ways that cost too much especially for other people at lower altitudes or otherwise perhaps at best out of sight but ultimately impossible to keep out of mind. Some people that have central air conditioning also have freezers in their house. The freezer tends to be capable of removing enough of the mass from liquid water to make it able to absorb so much heat it's worth caring around without it even having to put it into your mouth when it melts. You know like the M&M's that don't melt in your hands but only in your mouth that's not what you want to do when it comes to your body heat. When the goal is to keep your body heat from increasing you want to let the ice melt under your stool without any heat but your body heat getting into it. You can buy that ice from Fuji and you will have 99% of the money it costs to instead help your body sweat. Importing water from Fuji is not the problem The problem is condensing the water that gets into the air in your house. That's the problem and it's cultural and it's exploitation beyond anything that has ever been perpetrated in the history of mankind. It makes things like human slavery and war seem like petty misdemeanor in fractions.

    • Jason King

      Jason King

      Timme sedan

      @Ereena Tc What does this have to do with what I said? I think you replied to the wrong person.

    • Ereena Tc

      Ereena Tc

      Timme sedan

      @Jason King the lack of zoning and pounding mass into the water on your evaporator coils into steam has nothing to do with anything but corrupt and incompetent work. When the water is warmer than dewpoint inside air handler keeping fan off COMPLETELY IS IMPORTANT. YOUR DEPENDENCY ON SWEATING WHILE REMAINING DRY WHILE WEARING INSULATION BEYOND INSISTENCE TO USE AIR IMMERSION ONLY IS REAL PROBLEM. Stay comfortable by understanding the ONLY temp that matters is the people's internal temp. That can be kept low by smart 🧦 or underwear or just the seat and only portion not exposed to draft. LDPE's low temp dewpoint allows dry air to prevent evaporator coil cooling from being lost by dew. DEW IS THE ENEMY NOT THE GOAL DUH. AC CAN COOL ROOF AND WALLS SO YOUR BODY IS NOT HEATED BY THE ELECTROMAGNETIC RADIATION ALL SURFACES EMIT IN CENTRALLY COOLED HOMES BECAUSE NONE OF THE COOLING TO SPEAK OF REDUCES THAT! KEEP IT IN THE AIR IT DOES NOT HEAT US! CO2 IN ATMOSPHERE DOES HARM HOWEVER. NOT HUMIDITY BLOWING IN ONE SIDE OF HOUSE AND OUT OTHER. ANYONE CAUGHT CAPTURING SUCH VAPOR IF NOT TO DRINK HAS NO DECENT OR INFORMED 🧠.

    • Jason King

      Jason King

      2 timmar sedan

      I was on the program where they turned off my AC. The problem is we ended up using more total power even during the high peak demand time. This was because they only shut off the compressor but the blower still ran. Not only was the blower using power the whole time, it was blowing air from the ducts that went through the hot attic. So the house would heat up 5-10 degrees in an hour because it was blowing hot air from the attic into the house. Now when they turned my compressor back on in about 20 minutes to an hour, my AC has to run even longer to cool down an even hotter house. If they shut off the whole system, then the house would have only heated up a couple of degrees during the same time

  2. Mastermime


    13 minuter sedan

    I tried this. I usually keep my house around 65'F, so I set my thermostat to 60'F overnight and turned it off after I woke up around 6AM. But the temperature got up to 70'F by 10AM. So maybe this doesn't work if you're keeping your house temp that low.

  3. Ereena Tc

    Ereena Tc

    Timme sedan

    Folks the printing press had problems with humidity. So dehumidifying technology was developed. People are not printing presses however and most people don't have printing presses in their house. Most people want to remain healthy and happy. They don't need to liberate the water in their body into their air. But they're using technology design to reduce the humidity in their home in the summer. This is because the way you make more profit is by selling things that are more expensive. It is not because people cannot have the technology that they need for far less money and potentially the same profit. That's what intellectual property can do. Somebody who can teach you how to keep your body cool when the windows are open and it's high temperature high humidity air that's blowing through your house can charge you far more for their time than somebody who's making you buy precious metals and enough electricity to incinerate you a thousand times by the time you go. What's missing is the free enterprise system. People like me who are willing to volunteer my time so that you don't f**** the planetary systems further are not able to be heard. We are not able unless we are elected to spread the gospel of science. So the world is a sucker for predatory corporations like carrier like general electric. General electric is all about electricity and electricity is all about fossil fuels. It's not about banning cigarettes back when you could have saved entire countries from cancer that is a bankrupt the entire world. We know that in contemporary history finding out how babies come about is very very appreciated by the people who need to prevent themselves from getting pregnant but it is not appreciated from those who need their children for Cannon father or to help them make money literally on the backs of the unsuspecting. So we have passed laws against sharing the news about why people get pregnant. We have locked people up for allowing people to not get pregnant. We still want to make it illegal for people to not have children should they have failed to prevent themselves from getting pregnant. It is the same thing with thermal intelligence. Other people know that they don't have the ability to eat too many calories without becoming too large this is not a good analogy for what's happening with heat. I have referenced fat because if you don't want to overheat you can reduce the internal heating of your body by selecting your foods appropriately. But real thermal intelligence is based upon knowledge and wisdom. That means you know how to talk about the amount of heat that is getting into your body versus the amount of heat that is leaving. You don't want to have the former exceed the latter unless you are eating ice to remove the heat that way LOL. But almost nobody has any literacy about how much cold water you have to drink to prevent the heat that your digesting say a Big Mac will generate. This basic literacy about physiology exists even in people who have spent decades in school. So then you have people saying go ahead and deliver the child we will you mainly slaughter the baby before it recognizes anybody's faces before anybody becomes attached to its laughter and we will feed the hungry people on this planet with that meat. Such a business is very saintly compared to the HVAC industry. I dare declare that we don't need either corporation. We literally have without prescriptions the ability to buy Nationwide in America a couple pills to prevent sexual intercourse from resulting in pregnancy despite the insemination being many hours before the purchase. We have the internet where people can learn what I refer to in my comments about this program learned in the details of the universities that in Singapore have the Cool tube demonstrating what is most important is allowing the body to radiate heat while preventing heat from being radiated into the body. They accomplished this by using the same plastic that is commonly found in what we refer to as ziplock plastic bags just to bag that you might put a peanut butter and jelly sandwich in for eating later? The molecules of that plastic can be low temperature without being heated from contact with humid air. We call that having a low temperature dew point in my comments. That allows you to separate dry air that surrounds the evaporator coils from the air in your house. That allows you to use the evaporator coils to cool the surfaces that you want to radiate your body heat into without those cold surfaces being heated by the humidity blowing through your house! that is what is key in terms of only paying the pump the heat from your body's out of the house. You don't want to pay to remove the heat that's getting into your house with the cracks or the open windows. You want to make sure the cold surfaces that your body naturally radiates heat into from a distance of many feet do not get exposed to the humidity in the house. In the film The graduate the Young brilliant man is told plastics matter and I guess he was told something true when it comes to low density polyethylene film which is what we refer to by ldpe. Some people will be amused by the irony of air conditioning being engineered to do precisely the opposite which is the pump the humid air at Great expense into a box where materials that have extremely high dew points maximum 2.0 temperatures on those copper or aluminum surfaces in your air handler box. That's what maximizes the energy consumption of reducing the human beings body temperature which is the result of using technology designed to keep a printer from jamming instead of technology designed to keep you healthy happy comfortable and with lots of money in the bank and with a planetary climate system that has not been destroyed. Ronald Reagan was mentored by general electric. Donald Trump builds upon the work Ronald Reagan did to cite the principles of American democracy the last famously I said blasphemy with the ously on the end so that would be spilled b l a s p h e m o u s l y. Would America is actually about is for people to go to their local store and pick up something for like $20 to a couple hundred dollars that doesn't cost anything to operate and helps not have to close the windows in the summer. America corrupted prevents such technology from being available to the people well idiot monsters like Donald Trump argue the businesses protected by such corruption are good businesses and therefore deserve survival at the expense of all life on the planet. For reasons too simple and complicated enough for not everybody to fathom I disagree most strenuously and 100% completely. We must keep hope alive and we absolutely must let freedom rain. Anything less and we will continue to suffer hell on Earth, increasingly so.

  4. Bill Keith Channel

    Bill Keith Channel

    Timme sedan

    Non-hybrid EV's add to the grid problem and is the method that personal owned vehicles will eventually be made illegal (Hegelian Dialectic). Everyone will "rent" temporary cars to travel and be taxed by the mile.

  5. steffankaizer


    Timme sedan

    i do this and i dont even have an ac. i just open the windows at night and let the walls cool down and with enough thermal mass it stays cool all day if you keep the windows closed. we need to get rid of those cheap bullshit rockwool + toothpick houses

  6. JokeDeity


    Timme sedan

    For those of us who absolutely HATE the cold (or even cool), this is not that helpful, sadly. 75 is a fine norm for me.

  7. Karjis


    Timme sedan

    Some local network operators required system to cut load on peak demand in 80’s. Basically that cut was preventing water heater and fixed electric heaters being on at the same times during peak loads if network was in high load. I used similar smart thermostat setting in heating in old apartment, i had a plan with about half price from 10pm to 6am. Basically 23C at night and 19C at day. So it was basically exactly the same as yours but just for heating. I had electric heating then and it was rare to heating to kick in before 10pm because it was ”storing floor heating” meaning the resistive element is inside 4inch concrete slab, not st the surface but right in the middle.

  8. Jason King

    Jason King

    2 timmar sedan

    The advantage of living on the west coast with a cold ocean is that even on days when we get well over 100 degrees the nights will cool down to the 60s. So we open our windows in the evening once the temps drop to the 70s, leave the windows open all night and all morning until the temps outside go back up to the 70s. We can get our house down to about 71 without using AC at all. After the temps outside go into the upper 70s (about mid to late morning) we close everything and the house is still in the mid 70s. After we close everything up and the outside temps climb into the 90s and 100s the house will get to about 78-80 in the late afternoon. We have our AC set at 76 and it will not turn on until late afternoon. At 4:00 pm when the rates go up and the demand goes up we raise our AC to 78. Then by 7:00 pm the outside will cool back down to the 70s, we shut off our AC and open everything up again. Our AC will run for about 2-3 hours total and most before 4:00pm And we have solar and battery. During this time our AC is completely off the grid anyway.

  9. Gavin Davies

    Gavin Davies

    2 timmar sedan

    Given that heat and movement are the two most power hungry users of electricity, maybe encouraging everone to shift over to electrically powered heaters and cars, while simultaneously having a green lobby doing it's best to block any power generation that isn't solar or wind, wasn't the best of ideas.

  10. R.A. Monigold

    R.A. Monigold

    2 timmar sedan

    THANK YOU ! !

  11. patdthomas


    3 timmar sedan

    This is kind of what I did last week when we were scheduled to have our heat pump replaced. A hot sunny mid-July day in Florida without AC is no picnic, so I dropped the thermostat way down and closed all window shades several hours before the work was to begin. The installation was completed by 4:00pm yet the interior temp was not unbearable. BTW, the unit we had installed is a two stage inverter system. We're already seeing a substantial drop in energy consumption.

  12. Robert Williams-Day

    Robert Williams-Day

    6 timmar sedan

    I live in the UK, like most people in the UK my house is over 100 years old. I can't find anything about the average age of uk house but id be willing to bet it's 100+ years. New house in the UK are legal required to last 2000 years. I read somewhere that most house in the US is built to last a generation. Looking it up now it seem the average age of a US home is 37 years. The problem with a 100 year old house is that it was build to a different power systems, ever room has a fireplace and it such up sun light. This means that in the winter it's cold and the summer its baking

  13. Dale Twokey

    Dale Twokey

    7 timmar sedan

    Oh man, Texans can finally understand Russians.

  14. Alyx


    7 timmar sedan

    "Shedding load in certain areas" Let's be real, it's the poor. I love our battery discussions! I wonder if the excess AC cooling strategy would be more tolerable if directed into giant pillars of cold packs, like an insolated inner-wall fridge

  15. dafuckingenious


    8 timmar sedan

    This video is basically an american realising that you can live without AC

  16. Kung Fu Zing

    Kung Fu Zing

    9 timmar sedan

    It would be good if we had the option of these plans in Australia, My power bills average $1200 a quarter.

  17. Paul Miller

    Paul Miller

    9 timmar sedan

    Spot on with rationale. Principle was undersold though...point of use control (load) rather than supply control (generation). More pressing problem with Duck Curve is rate of change than capacity. Becomes more complicated with competing interests; CO2, Habitats, NERC, etc .

  18. Tobi Berlin

    Tobi Berlin

    10 timmar sedan

    A very important episode !!!

  19. Mitchell McCormick

    Mitchell McCormick

    12 timmar sedan

    California commenting here: I’m in the exact same boat of conservative energy consumption, as well I like to sleep cold. I have pgandg and my bill is $498 this month in the summer. I know people that spend about 1000 a month. I live in Northern California with many hydro projects (lake Tahoe, sly park, loon, Folsom lake, and 12 others). Trust me I’m a California hippie but what price is too much? Many people that make 70+ a year don’t sleep at night due the heat, and the cost of cooling down. In the winter people burn wood due to the dramatically lower cost; if you cut your own wood. The smog due to this in the mountains sucks. People would die if they didn’t have the wood option though. People die every year due to the inability to pay for cooling in the valley too. Can’t we just find a way to make energy cheaper that way we can keep people live in the meantime???

  20. Angelo


    14 timmar sedan

    But don't you lose efficiency the further down you set the thermostat?

  21. jasmine2501


    14 timmar sedan

    I tried this but it's sort of useless in Arizona except during the winter. It does work then though, and the Nest programing does help with that.

  22. Abram McCalment

    Abram McCalment

    14 timmar sedan

    I’ve been thinking a lot about time of use lately. It really is a no brainer that at least new construction should require solar energy collection and at least encourage thermal mass addition in house design. Cool to a lower set point and dehumidify like crazy when the duck curve is low and coast during the afternoon load ramp and overnight. Honestly it will take some ‘reprogramming’ of users but can be done. Honestly the fact energy generation fluctuates so much even on peak days should be more than enough to show the folly in the ‘the grid can’t handle everyone switching to EV’s’ fallacy. The fact is, the average EV will consume about 10kW per day once they’ve permeated the market. Maybe 15 when including TRUCKS. Still, in this impending future employers will likely have to provide charging infrastructure so that time of use can align with solar production but even then there’s adequate generation headroom overnight to make it happen without causing problems.

  23. Jon Firestone

    Jon Firestone

    15 timmar sedan

    I’d like to see a video on Thermostatic mixing valves and using them to increase the thermal capacity of a hot water heater, while also limiting the chance of legionella in hot water tanks without the risk of having scalding water come out of your tap.

  24. Mason Howard

    Mason Howard

    15 timmar sedan

    "Assuming the buildings are somewhat modern, well-insulated and have good windows" Bold of you to assume this of American infrastructure.

  25. Benjamin Burkhardt

    Benjamin Burkhardt

    16 timmar sedan

    Try living in Southern California in the summer months. I do try to keep thermostat higher at 78. In most months in LA I can do without AC. But we need AC here.

  26. Dan's Spot on the Tube

    Dan's Spot on the Tube

    17 timmar sedan

    My house was built in '70 and had original windows. Replaced them all and added more attic insulation. Huge difference!

  27. Markino K.

    Markino K.

    17 timmar sedan

    Don't you live in Illinois cuz I do too and nearly 50% of the power here is generated by nuclear it's only a very small percentage that is renewable is that small percentage still enough for the effects that you were talking about to work

  28. seeni gzty

    seeni gzty

    18 timmar sedan

    16:48 are we just gonna gloss over the casual use of FREAKING POWER SUITS?

  29. Fixitall Paul

    Fixitall Paul

    18 timmar sedan

    My Dad started doing this in the 60s. We had a huge wholehouse window fan. At night it would exhaust hot air and one open window in each room would allow cooler outside in to cool off at night. In the morning off with the fan and close the windows.

    • seeni gzty

      seeni gzty

      18 timmar sedan

      intentionally have window AC units, because I only use an AC in a room I'm in when I can. And cut my own styrofoam insulation panels for them, attached with painters tape. U

  30. SirPootsAlot329


    18 timmar sedan

    “just ask any british person” lmao why would i ever talk to a british “person”

  31. martin borrick

    martin borrick

    19 timmar sedan

    I know where to go in the event of an apocalypse

  32. Dunkelelf3


    19 timmar sedan

    nice video. i once saw this documentary about the problems with the grid. it was about the uk but well. same shit everywhere. the us, the uk, here in germany. doesn't matter. and this guy managing the grid would literally watch a popular uk show that aired between 3 and 4 pm and juice up the grid once it ended as like a bazillion people would run to their water cooker to boil water for 4 o'clock tea as soon as the show ends. crazy stuff. if you missmanage predicting the demand well enough everything will break.

  33. Floofy Prawn

    Floofy Prawn

    19 timmar sedan

    My house exhibits very similar characteristics to yours, regulating the outside temperature so that it's always warmer than the outside at night and cooler during the day, usually somewhere in the bounds of 62F to 74F. The interesting part is that it does it in a completely different way than most houses. My house has terrible insulation, and even has all single pane windows, and instead has a massive amount of thermal mass, with the walls all being logs. It's been a nice surprise learning how comfortable a log cabin can be with me living here year round, and makes me question many things I've learned about historical log cabins.

  34. l0rf


    20 timmar sedan

    Is this some sort of insulation joke I'm too European to understand? Jokes aside, I live in an upstairs room facing south with two large windows. I basically keep the room cool by rolling down the shutters and relying on about a foot of insulating materials and triple glazed windows with solid shutters. If it wasn't for my pc, the room probably wouldn't warm up at all.

  35. ledgeri


    20 timmar sedan

    I felt the "it is not a cool little thing, i hate how no one cares" vibe :)

  36. smileyeagle1021


    21 timme sedan

    Your proposal to have the utility lower the thermostat a few hours before a high demand period when it turn the thermostat back up is exactly what NV Energy does with their PowerShift program. This idea is starting to take off already and hopefully will only become more common.

  37. invisibledave


    21 timme sedan

    In the summer, my house is 81F at night and 89F in the day.

  38. raiderxx


    21 timme sedan

    What thermostat do you have?

  39. Tomasz Płókarz

    Tomasz Płókarz

    21 timme sedan

    Let's just build more nuclear powerplants, stop burning coal and hydrocarbons, and forget all that crazy renewable bullshit.

  40. Mighty1Bob


    21 timme sedan

    hype vid. great idea. im only sad because my house is in super sunshine. but i feel you. i dont use my clothes dryer during peak load hours even without load pricing

  41. Fred Mertz

    Fred Mertz

    23 timmar sedan

    Maybe vent the dehumidifier out a cat door. Those things run hot

  42. William Brightwell

    William Brightwell

    23 timmar sedan

    We pay 35c per hour in Palmerston North, New Zealand

  43. Just Some Person

    Just Some Person

    Dag sedan

    I also wanted to agree with you about insulation and how freaking stupid it is that the governments (local, state, federal) don't invest HEAVILY in helping people insulate their homes better. Not the topic of this video, but it could be ranted on f o r e v e r because it's such an obvious yet neglected piece of common sense.

  44. Just Some Person

    Just Some Person

    Dag sedan

    Personally, I use a similar method even though I don't get neato variable energy rates. Only, I use window fans. Exchange the hot summer air at night when it's cool. Close up the house during the day when it's hot. (I have *never* understood why a system for this is *not* a common component of central air. Even *car* ACs have a recirc button!) I also intentionally have window AC units, because I only use an AC in a room I'm in when I can. And cut my own styrofoam insulation panels for them, attached with painters tape. Ugly, but highly effective. Cooling the whole home for one room is ... less than ideal. But I could easily see in-floor heating *and cooling* being a good use for this. With an insulated cistern. Store thermal energy (or negative energy) in the cistern when energy isn't at peak use, to release when it is. Not something easy to retrofit, but for *new* home design...

  45. Steve M

    Steve M

    Dag sedan

    My electric company has peak hours. During the summer, it's 4-7pm Regular rate is 5.1c per kwh. For the peak charge, they pick the highest 1-hour usage during(from 4-7pm) from the billing cycle and charge $12.00 per kwh, yes twelve dollars. (before peak rates, it was 11.1cent per kwh) While this sounds bad, it really isn't, especially if you take steps to reduce use during that time. I have an older house(1970), not the best insulated, 1700 sq ft. and my bill usually runs about 70.00 a month, and yes, I keep it cool in the summer, warm in the winter. Today it is 92°, so at 12pm, I have the thermostat go down to 72° from 75°, it cools the house well so that the unit does not run between 4 and 7pm. Thereby saving as much as 36.00 each month, just from the air condition. Of course I have taken other steps, upgraded to a higher efficient dual fuel heat pump 5 years ago, installed newer double pane vinyl windows, replaced 1 exterior door that was a single pane of glass with an insulated(and much better security) door. Installed all LED bulbs, put a timer on the water heater along with low flow showerheads. With a 38 gallon tank and the low flow heads, while power is on, you can stand in the shower for hours, or 20 people take a shower back to back and still not run out of hot water, and while power is off, 3 people can shower before running out. So your bill sounds really high to have a well-insulated house! Something you may want to check into before getting a heatpump, they say to set the thermostat no more than 20° lower than the outside temp? But this does not apply to regular units.

  46. Artemirr Lazaris

    Artemirr Lazaris

    Dag sedan

    If I had a temperature choice. I would have my place at 17 celsius all the time, no deviation. I find I can think faster and clearer in colder climate, and my body generates more then enough heat. 20-24 often feels like its getting to hot.. after 27 and up it feels like moving through a slodge of irritation...

  47. SvexTheDragon


    Dag sedan

    Posting this comment to boost engagement :)

  48. castform5


    Dag sedan

    17:12 somewhat modern, well insulated, and have good windows, seem like 3 things american houses are often not.

  49. William Winslow

    William Winslow

    Dag sedan

    Economy 7 seems to be being phased out recently in "Britain". I used to have them but most modern homes and "apartments" now have central heating here (Glasgow, Scotland). AC is very rare here as far as I know but I wish I had it recently.

    • Zoravar .K

      Zoravar .K

      2 timmar sedan

      Try an air circulator like the meaco or vornado pointed at the ceiling, combined with a dehumidifier, it works wonders in apartments without ac. Also super efficient.

  50. Eti the Spirit

    Eti the Spirit

    Dag sedan

    This is brilliant!

  51. Trent China

    Trent China

    Dag sedan

    Teach us about ceiling fans!

  52. Jenna Morningdale

    Jenna Morningdale

    Dag sedan

    21:17 I felt that in my BONES. "Yeah, humanity, why are we getting these deadly heatwaves that are 100% OUR FAULT?" These energy usage restrictions should be imposed on the corporations, too, for sure, but the fact that people are still denying climate change simply blows my goddang mind.

    • Xiefux


      23 timmar sedan

      >furry opinion discarded

  53. Jacob Paulson

    Jacob Paulson

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    I was using a company like that in Texas! I loved it so much, but ERCOT, who manages the grid in Texas, put electricity prices at $9.00 per kilowatt for like 3 days! They weren't following supply and demand, they just put it at that high price during the winter storm, so lots of people had insanely high bills (I just had shut off my power for those days, but that still sucked). I like the idea of the system and I'm mad at ERCOT for killing my favorite energy company. I think wholesale rate prices being passed on to the consumer makes the most sense because it incentivizes them to know how energy actually works and it allows them to take advantage of low prices. With some "if this, then that" programming, you can get a really low price!

    • Jacob Paulson

      Jacob Paulson

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      Wish I could triple like this video.

  54. Screw you youtube I wont use my full name

    Screw you youtube I wont use my full name

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    FYI, Nest Thermostat has a program with California PG&E, SCE or SDG&E, where they will actually adjust your thermostat down during the summer during off-peak times so that you’re not using energy during peak times. It’s exactly what you’re talking about. Called OhmConnect.

  55. Max Brain Devices

    Max Brain Devices

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    This is something I like to improve! It’s also cool to see people use exoskeleton to lift the solar panel

  56. Me Bran

    Me Bran

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    Some things you think are way too close to how I think. The Dreamfinder would approve

  57. Kim Kimpa

    Kim Kimpa

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    Can I do this at home with two swimming pools?

  58. Craig McPherson

    Craig McPherson

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    Another solution: Make the roofs of houses steeper like the houses up in the mountains. You get more solar radiation in the winter when the sun is low and less in the summer when the sun is nearly on top.

  59. Jim Williams

    Jim Williams

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    We can get some really high dew points here in coastal Virginia. I have awoke to fogged up windows too. Unfortunately when the windows fog, our air conditioners are just wasting their efforts as the heat they are removing from the house is just being replaced by the heat absorbed from the condensing moisture outside the house. It can also set up conditions in the walls for structural damage. A really nice control feature would be to automatically calculate the night setting of the thermostat such that it would not go but so far below the dew point to minimized condensation on the exterior of the house.

  60. Dekim Yay

    Dekim Yay

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    Are batteries really that complicated? Why couldn't the utility companies just have giant storage batteries? Or even put one somewhere in each home? This seems like a really round about way to store energy when we could just use batteries lol? -not an expert 🙏

  61. josir1994


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    "Your electricity is fixed rate so try again next life" -Confucius

  62. Greg Baz

    Greg Baz

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    So your air conditioner is running for 7 hours straight. What would it’s duty cycle be if you set it to 72 constantly? It may only run for for 1 hour total during the peak time and then only for 4 hours total a dayI put a small water heater on a timer once. When the timer turned it back on it had to reheat the whole tank. Ended up only saving 0.5 kWh a day. With the cost of the timer and materials it would take over 4 years to see any savings.

  63. Christopher G

    Christopher G

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    I am using it myself, with just a flat, a micro "weatherstation", and the windows. Cooling at night, keepin the cold in at day.

  64. Vodka Lime Soda

    Vodka Lime Soda

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    I believe Alec keeps his energy in his hair, notice how his channel got bigger as his hair grew - coincidence? I think not! The Samson of SE-one

  65. psammiad


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    So do Americans normally pay the same rate for electricity all day and night? That seems very unwise - certainly in most of Europe it's cheap at night and more in the day. We have storage heaters and water heaters that only come on at night for this reason.

  66. Insane CoolAid

    Insane CoolAid

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    Are... electric fans not a thing in America? or Europe? or... Russia? Does every household have a running AC on 24/7??? Third world citizen here, so... educate me! :D

  67. Splinter5570


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    mean while in the netherlands they just stopped the system we had for decades of a low price at night high price at day. (we used to have double meters in houses) This was done to offset the factories who ran at day. This led to a huge rise in sales of programmable laundry machine back in the day.

  68. TaranTatsuuchi


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    Winter storm of 2021? Guess they've got some time to prepare then.

  69. Andrew Werner

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    7:20 I think it would be accurate to say even conventional batteries don't store electricity, but chemical energy. And it depends on which dictionary you use, but the definition of battery would be the answer to your question.

  70. Captain Jack

    Captain Jack

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    I live in the PNW ( just north of Seattle ) and my roommate and I endured over 100º+ heatwave for days WITHOUT an airconditioner. How did we survive? Similar tactic as you mentioned in your video. We had just moved to a bottom floor apartment from a top floor (2nd story) about two months prior to the heatwave. A nice thing about the bottom floor apartments is the floors are made of concrete which is nice and cool as it lays on top of the soil. Mother earth is at work here. We spent a few nights just sleeping on the laminate flooring with a thin blanket on in the living room. While it was a very hard surface to sleep on, we were able to get a decent night's sleep with the glass sliding door open and a small fan blowing. Around 6-7am we would close everything up to store the night's cooler temperatures. We were able to keep the apartment below 85º while the outside temps reached over 102º. This is with a rented apartment built back in 1974. The only renovations were new windows and glass sliding doors. The old ones were so bad, I was able to pass my pink finger between the break of slides. That said, the new windows and sliding doors are not that great. You can feel the heat of the sun passing right through. I used to have a small air conditioner from the company Sharper Image. It was about the size of a bread box and you could fill it with water which would freeze during the day. At night I would turn it on in my bunk aboard a small cruise ship I worked on in the summer. It wasn't very cold but it did give me some relief as the air coming out was cool. The darn thing broke down at the end of the season and Sharper Image said they couldn't offer a replacement as the device was discontinued. I really liked it because it was a portable system and self-contained. I've seen these DIY projects using ice chests or 5-gallon buckets, but they are not as durable or portable as the Sharper Image one was.

  71. Tomoko Kuroki

    Tomoko Kuroki

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    People bought smart thermostats then got mad when they were adjusted remotely. Wow.

  72. SuperMikeAttack


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    Just watched a video where you thanked your 20,000 subscribers. hahaha. Now look at you.. Keep up the good work.

  73. Caleb D

    Caleb D

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    This is exactly why so many people in the PNW fo not have AC's. The temperature swings significantly between night and day except on the hottest days. So we just open the windows after dark and turn on a fan to pull cool air into the house for a few hours. We do the same thing first thing in the morning, then close up all the windows for the day. The house stays bearable for all but a couple hours in the late afternoon before we can open up the windows again.

  74. Ricky Jaeger

    Ricky Jaeger

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    Technology Connections: says something in the video me, with characteristics: humorous reaction

  75. tree glasses

    tree glasses

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    my only outside facing wall (i live in a tiny storage room apartment) is a a wall-to-wall, floor-to-roof window, meaning that it gets really fucking cold at night and in winter, but then in the evening my apartment becomes hot as an oven and nearly impossible to be in. and no i do not have an AC because those arent super well known in denmark

  76. JP T

    JP T

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    This all needs to have variable consumer pricing, which in turn needs smart meters. I believe in Germany that simply isn't wanted by politics and power corps. They want power production centralized and fully under control by a oligopol of companies. Because they earn a lot of money. No way giving any control to end users. So it won't ever happen.

  77. HT W

    HT W

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    Like other comments, won’t work very well in the South like Texas. As well, the near collapse of the Texas energy grid was due to an once in a 100 years record low temperatures. The best way to do what you are proposing is actually building in a way that allows for storage of temperature with thermal mass or something with high heat capacitance such as water. Basically build your house partially or entirely underground and the earth does the job for you.

  78. BeansGalaxy


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    Okay, I’m 19 just moved out and soon will be living on my own. Can you make more videos like this because this taught me a lot about just being an adult ahahaha

  79. Frank_Diesel


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    Hilarious, that shit won't fly here in Southeast NM, where temps regularly get between 100 and 105, and the majority of the year is over 90.

  80. Laeiryn


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    My mother would keep the a/c at 55F (NOT a typo) overnight and switch it to 72 at 8am and it would kick on before noon without fail every day. And that's with a new roof and trees overhead as well, but shit ass paper thin walls and the original 1953 windows.

  81. yotodine


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    @Technology Connections - Two things; 1. How can you believe the lies about global warming when all of the data given as evidence has been debunked showing that they intentionally misrepresent the data to give the impression that they are correct. 2. Knowing the laws of thermo dynamics, where we get most of our energy from, the process for creating electric cars, and the fact that the materials used to make batteries are becoming encreacingly scarce, why would you drive an electric car? Not to mention the ecological disastermthat is wind energy collection. If you have already answered these questions in videos, please point them out. Thank you.

  82. mackncheesiest


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    The entire University of Arizona has a distributed ice storage AC system that freezes ice overnight in dedicated buildings, and then systems of pipes hook in the surrounding buildings to provide cooling to each of them throughout the day

  83. Jason Y

    Jason Y

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    I love how Technology Connection connect environment to technology.

  84. AwesomeMcTasty


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    I have one of the utility-controllable thermostats, but unfortunately they made it kind of stupid. Instead of making it only adjust the temperature if it makes sense, they made it so that it just sets a fixed temperature. So, there's been a few times where I've had my temperature set very high in the summer so that it won't run the A/C at all, then the power company decides to shed load by... turning down my thermostat so that it starts the air conditioner right at peak demand. It is very nice, however, being able to set a schedule, so I'm able to basically only heat and cool while I'm home and let it get very hot or cold when I'm not. I'm also slowly building up an off-grid solar power setup, which happens to be great for running a portable air conditioner, and it's even better when used in reverse (DIY heat pump!) in the winter by putting the cooling output in another room and the exhaust in the room you want warmed. If I did the math right, I'm getting almost 4,000 watts of heat wherever I put the exhaust hose, and removing almost 3,000 watts of heat from another room. The total heat added is only what the unit draws for power (1,000W) but being able to concentrate it where I want it means I don't have to heat nearly as much. It's really nice and toasty when you can stick the exhaust hose under your bed covers and get blasted with heat while the rest of your house is quite chilly.

  85. Brian Wood

    Brian Wood

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    looking at some of those headline pictures it almost looks like the thermostats are erroneously turning on the heaters when all anyone wants is just the entire heating and cooling system turning off (and not the air circulation) and I wonder who is at fault for that, if that is the case anyway.

  86. Tooearly


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    Oh that's a great idea, wonder if I can do that with my house.... "Built in 1900" Well... crap

  87. Hey It's Drew

    Hey It's Drew

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    "for some reason" definitely don't blame it on climate change as if people are some how responsible. notice how they changed it from global warming to climate change? cause climate change is real... it's called seasons and trends. global warming is not.

  88. Mike Cullen

    Mike Cullen

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    Watched this video last week. Setup my Nest to a similar (not nearly as cold) schedule and my peak time a/c usage is virtually non-existent. Thankfully we have ceiling fans in every room which help keep things cool throughout the day.

  89. Christopher Beattie

    Christopher Beattie

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    I have been recently doing that for a slightly different reason. I like my house colder when I sleep. I understand why people are reluctant to have the utilities adjust things like thermostats, especially when they are not using demand based pricing systems, but it's still better than rolling blackouts. Sure my house may not be colder but at least my refrigerator is still running. Of course this begs the question of energy sources in the first place. The "environmentalists" in my area are screaming over solar power these days because the systems don't recycle themselves well and the long term consequences of these large systems are environmentally unfriendly (and I can't say I blame them). All those fiberglass wind blades are also winding up in landfills when they start to wear down. And apparently, nuclear, (at least here in the US) still has "cooties" or something and thus is a forbidden option. (Of course I am on the east coast; the west coast is still full steam ahead with total renewables and learn to live with the rolling blackouts.) Finally one last point about the notion of ice (brilliant) since my father used to work for an ice and fuel company that was on the tail end of the years when refrigerators were actually run by large blocks of ice that were commercially generated in ice houses. Latent heat of ice and steam is one of the most powerful storage devices we have (for the money). Even if not converted to frozen ice a large cistern of water that can be used to store cold / heat also provides a source for water for the outside; a significant problem given that drinking water is at a significantly higher standard than the requirements for water for your front lawn and as a result is very expensive to supply. Such large cisterns could easily work as effectively as into the earth heat pumps because they can absorb and emit a significant amount of heat.

  90. JohnEnergy2012


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    I’ve just accepted Summer and winter and dress accordingly…

  91. The Chemical Workshop

    The Chemical Workshop

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    um i pay like 20-25 cents here in germany :(

  92. Joshua Michel

    Joshua Michel

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    The other way to do this is keeping the HVAC unit at the same temp point day and night, year round, then it just needs to maintain that temp. The unit ramp up energy consumption is quite a lot more than maintenance energy consumption. But if the power incentives are such as yours, then I can see the advantage of your method

  93. Mikey


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    I've been doing this for the past twenty years (ever since I've had electricity). But when you're disabled and homeless, surviving in an antique motor home with two inch thick walls, floors and roof, the benefits are quite limited. I had to cover my windows with R-Max foam board as quickly as I could afford to do it (and I still have a few to get better insulated), unfortunately there just isn't enough room in an RV to properly insulate, nor do I have enough money.

  94. king james488

    king james488

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    I hate waking up cold >.

  95. rsr789


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    No way to possibly do this in S. FL. If my A/C is at 74 at say 8:30am, in under 1/2 hour, it goes up to 75 in the summer... and S. FL is essentially 8 months of summer. Additionally, my 1980's apartment isn't as well insulated as a modern apartment AND I have single pane glass, as impact windows (which are also great for insulating and noise reduction) would cost around $12,000 to install....!

  96. JustinC721


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    Don’t ask me how this video made me come up with this. But I had an idea for some April Fool’s specials that you could do. The first one needs to be about “perpetual motion machines” (Maybe energy storage is what made me think of this.) Anyway, to pull this off, you can’t call it that explicitly. It has to be re-worded to something like “infinite energy release” and add some reference to Tesla and it should work. Im basically thinking something along the lines of the “Infinte Solutions” spoofs from YT yesteryear. You could totally pull something like that off for April fools specials.

  97. Jennifer Carlin-Goldberg

    Jennifer Carlin-Goldberg

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    Ha! We do kind of the same thing. We cool the house in the evening and all night because the temperature, even on most very hot days, gets pretty cool at night. Of course, that is because we live in a marine air corridor. Will try it with heating as well. Love the Confucius joke in video description.