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30Jan/070

I Want a Micro-CHP

Micro-CHP: A powerplant for your basementI'm trying to clean out my "outbox" here at the blog, so you may be seeing some older-than-usual posts over the next few days. Most of these started out with such good intentions, but then got lost on the wayside. Sometimes I have the attention span of a small furry kitten, particularly when I am... uh... what's that shiny thing over there?

Anyway, now that winter has it's icy grip on us it's important to talk about Micro-CHP's. You can start with the original news story that peaked my interest, or just jump to the more comprehensive wiki article.

For those of you who don't click: Micro-CHP's are like mini power plants for your house. They burn a fuel to create electricity, then use the heat from that electricity-generating process to heat things like your water and living area. Three birds, one stone.

The result is an extremely efficient use of the fuel (up to three times more efficient), so as a consequence they are a great way to save money over the long term. Of course they are expensive to buy, but over time the investment pays for itself. Now I just need to scrounge up $15k. I guess I'll go search between the couch cushions first...