Mwl Race Heating Up Down The Stretch | Sports | The Register-guard | Eugene, Oregon

The Irish, coming off a school-record scoring night last week against Thurston, need to keep pace with North Medford for second place in the conference. The Black Tornado play South Medford before hosting the Irish next week. Thurston (2-5, 2-3) can play itself into a playoff spot with a win tonight at Roseburg (2-5, 1-4). The Colts are in fifth but only a game behind South Medford. The two teams finish the season against each other next week in a de-facto play-in game with the winner moving on and the loser ending its season.
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Smarter Air Conditioning and Heating For Homes Ductless Mini Split Systems

High Efficiency Ductless HVAC Systems For Homes

Ductless mini split systems are a much wiser way to heat and cool your home. What is a “mini split?” Well, chances are that if you have a central heating and air conditioning system in your home, that that system is what we call a “split system,” and all that that means is that it has an air handler inside the home, either in the attic or in a closet, and a condenser outside. Most central heating and air conditioning systems in residential applications are split systems. Sometimes, however, older homes have a package unit that contains both the air handler, and the condenser in one big unit, and these a generally outside, and on the ground, but they could be on a roof, or balcony as well.

The typical home heating and air conditioning system is a ducted system, in which ductwork carries the return air back to the evaporator coil, located inside the air handler, and also the supply air, on the supply side of the air handler. Most people are generally very cognizant of their supply ducts, because they know where the air is coming from in their homes, people are often less aware of their return air duct, or what it’s function or importance is. Ductwork is usually inside a homes attic, but it could also be located underneath the home. In any case, ductwork takes up a lot of space, is unsightly, a pain to install, or move around, and if it’s in the attic or under a house, “critters” can get into those unlived in places, and damage the ductwork. I assure you, nobody likes doing ductwork, and especially if it’s underneath a home with unknown “critters” involved.

Thus the first truly beautiful thing about a mini split system. Mini splits have no need for ductwork on either the supply or return side. Were you to have your home remodeled, and fitted with mini splits, then can you imagine just how much room for storage you would create in your attic? It would look like a completely different, and wide open place; and you’d soon find yourself less stressed for storage, or because of home clutter. So Let’s take a look at one, shall we?

Mini Split System

Above you see a picture with three parts to it, the smallest bit of the picture is simply the remote control for your mini split system, you see, these systems do not have or need a central thermostat, like a normal split system has, and mini splits all come with remote controls nowadays. You can also use your hands, and do what you wish, control wise, on the interface on the air handler for the mini split, and the longer of the three pictures in one that I’ve provided here, is the air handler, which mounts on a wall in the room for which the mini split will heat and cool. Often these are mounted above a window, but there is no reason why they can not be mounted wherever a homeowner wishes for them to be mounted. Of course that is something that you would have discussed with either your builder and a/c contractor for a new home, and/or remodel. The condenser in the picture, looks just like a condenser normally looks, but of course, it’s smaller.

So maybe you’re wondering by now,

“These things seem awfully similar to window units, so why wouldn’t I just get a window unit?”

Simple, mini split systems are far, far smarter buys than any window unit, window units are LOW efficiency energy consuming monsters, they are usually cheaply made, and have a pretty short life expectancy. This wasn’t always the case, and I recall days gone by when window units lasted for 30 years or more. Those days are gone, and once the “scroll” style compressor became the norm for window units, their durability became a thing of the past.

Mini Split Systems are HIGH EFFICIENCY systems, and oftem FAR EXCEED the standard 13. S.E.E.R. rating that is the minimum seasonal energy efficiency rating that you can buy from a contractor now. The mini split systems that I’ve personally had my hands on were all either 16 or 17 S.E.E.R. systems, and that means that those things will REALLY save you on the electric bill. But the ways that mini splits save you on electricity is not only found in their S.E.E.R. rating, oh now, the true gem and savings associated with mini splits is in their application.

Let me explain: When you are asleep at night in the month of August, and it’s warm outside, and your central a/c system is running. Your system is cooling your kitchen, your dining room, your laundry room, etc; and nobody is likely to be in those rooms at the dead of the night, so that energy spent to cool those rooms is largely just wasted energy, and wasted money, and burned up fossil feuls down at the power grid. So, with mini splits, you have one system for each room that you want heated or cooled, and when you aren’t using the guest bedroom, you don’t run the mini split. Do you see how this can save you a ton of money? You only use the system for the rooms being used, rather than running one big system, and heating or cooling a whole home.

In addition, most mini splits are also heat pumps, which means that they reverse the refrigeration cycle, and use refrigerant gas to provide heat to your home in the exact opposite manner that they provide air conditioning. This can be a complicated topic, but I will elaborate on it in a future article here. Some, but not all mini splits also provide an electric heating element for additional, or emergency heat.

I hope that this has been an informative read for you concerning what a mini split system is, and how YOU can benefit yourself and your family by employing mini splits rather than just one big system, or several big split systems in your home. If you have an questions, then do not hesitate to ask me. Thank you.

~WTS~

http://www.infobarrel.com/Smarter_Air_Conditioning_and_Heating_For_Homes_Ductless_Mini_Split_Systems

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2014 Toyota Avalon Limited Review By Carey Russ +video

I drove both the V6 and Hybrid when they were introduced to the automotive press in late 2012, and spent a week with a well-equipped Hybrid Limited partway through 2013. Changes for 2014 are minimal — all models get a standard backup camera and a three-blink turn signal mode. I’ve just finished a week with a 2014 V6 Limited, with the Technology Package of Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, automatic high beams, and the Pre-Collision System suite of safety equipment. With standard blind-spot and rear cross-traffic monitoring, HID headlamps, power front seats, upgraded leather (leather is standard in all models), and both heating and cooling in front and heat in the rear seat cushions plus a premium navigation system, JBL audio system, and the Entune suite of connectivity applications in its spacious, contemporary, upscale interior, Toyota’s flagship treads very closely to Lexus territory. On the road, it’s as smooth, comfortable, and quiet as expected from a luxury sedan, and is actually enjoyable at a brisk pace on the scenic route. No, it won’t be challenging any real sports sedans, but it is far more engaging than any previous Avalon. Power was never an issue, nor was excessive thirst.
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Advantages and Disadvantages of Biomass

Speaking of resources, the world changes pace everyday. First there was evolution which took us from wood to steel to iron (and more), then development happened and took us to the stage that we are in now. Now we see that there are distinct shifts in policies which have taken us back to our roots and have been able to reacquaint us with the natural resources that we once used. One of those resources was biomass. This article will try to give you an in-depth review on the advantages and disadvantages of biomass energy.

What is Biomass

Biomass is biological matter that is acquired from plants and animals and has large amounts of carbon as well as traces of oxygen, nitrogen, hydrogen, alkaline earth, and heavy metals in it. One of the main advantages of biomass is that it is a renewable source of energy (it can be easily replaced).

The main sources that are used to formulate biomass are wood, alcohol fuels, and solid waste. These would include things like fallen branches and leaves (of the forest), dead plants, wood waste from paper and pulp, domestic waste, Municipal Solid Waste (MSW), recyclable waste, ethanol, and others. Alcohol fuels are typically derived from sugarcane plants and other plants like corn, willow, oil palm, eucalyptus, poplar, and hemp. These provide raw material for biomass energy which is then used in numerous ways, like boilers and waste management. For example, the advantages of biomass boilers is that it allows for the effective use of wood waste, which proves to be ecological as well.

Advantages of Biomass

Uses Renewable Resources

Biomass is derived from sources like plants and animals-sources which are replaceable. Plants can be generated over and over again on the same piece of land without incurring any extra cost. Therefore, the raw material is readily available for use and makes for great renewable energy sources.

Reduces Dependency on Fossil Fuels

The thing about fossil fuels like petroleum, coal and others, is that they are present in limited numbers. It takes millions of years for these fuels to be generated and therefore, when they are consumed and exhausted, civilization will not have to come to a standstill. Biomass fuels can be used as an effective energy source and therefore they reduce the dependency on fossil fuels.

Reduces Pollution

This works on a lot of levels. First of all, biomass uses the waste material and converts it into an energy source. Therefore it reduces the instances of garbage being dumped and causing air pollution. So also, biomass helps to reduce the levels of methane (which is released due to the decomposition of organic matter) in the air. Methane leads to the greenhouse effect and is thus, extremely harmful for the environment. By using the organic wastes before they release methane, biomass proves to be a savior. So also, growing the plants that are used as raw material for biomass, lead to more oxygen emissions and lessened carbon dioxide emissions.

Disadvantages of Biomass

Expensive

The disadvantages of biomass electricity (for example) is that it is extremely expensive to produce. It requires a lot of resources to convert the raw materials to an energy source. It is, in fact, more expensive than fossil fuel production. The reason being that there is not much research done in this area for it to be an advantageous alternative fuel source.

Limited Sources

It is difficult to generate all that raw material due to certain obstacles. For one, the plants that are used, are not grown all year round. Secondly, the harvesting and processing of the plants takes up more resources and energy, and as far as animals are concerned, the source is always limited.

Causes Pollution

This is an ironic point because even though biomass holds the ability to reduce the greenhouse effect by controlling the production of methane, there are environmental disadvantages of biomass as well-if the plants are burned directly, they lead to as much environmental pollution as fossil fuel production does because they emit greenhouse gases. That is why, in some cases, the production of biomass is also not as advantageous as one thinks.

There are advantages of biomass and there are disadvantages of biomass. And even though we know of the pros and cons of biomass energy, it is time that the world recognizes the potential in this energy source and devises ways by which all disadvantages of biomass will be eliminated to achieve an end product that is truly the answer to our energy problems.

http://www.buzzle.com/articles/advantages-and-disadvantages-of-biomass.html

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In Qiqihar, A Glimpse At China’s Slowdown

Losses at China First Heavy Industries, a national champion state-owned enterprise based in Qiqihar, ballooned 74 percent to 667 million yuan in the first half. “As China’s economy has slowed, its leaders have become more aware of the problems associated with over-investment and overcapacity and have tried to slow the flow of investment,” said Mark Williams, chief Asia economist at Capital Economics in London.

Beijing will likely stick to mini-stimulus: RBS

While recent data point to a subdued economy in China, policymakers remain reluctant to roll out large-scale stimulus, says Louis Kuijs, Chief Economist, Greater China at RBS.

Rail cargo gauge And for those economists who track rail cargo volumes as a reliable gauge of China’s economic health – along with bank lending and power generation – Qiqihar, a city of close to 6 million people, may offer some early warning signals. Qiqihar Railway Rolling Stock, a subsidiary of state-owned China CNR Corp , has had no new orders for its freight cars for a couple of months, a company official said, forcing it to idle its plants and leave up to 10,000 workers on subsistence wages. Read More China banking crisis? Here’s what it might look like That could be cause for concern in Beijing where the government reckons China needs the economy to be humming along at least at 7.2 percent to keep employment steady – and ensure social stability. Growth in Heilongjiang may have already slowed to below a tacit threshold set by the central government. In August, Beijing announced renewed measures to boost the economies of its three northeastern provinces, with state-owned enterprises already expected to invest an estimated $164 billion in neighboring Liaoning province.
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Home Automation Domotica Forum Europe, Bwired Forum • View topic

Hello Guys,

The reason I started my X-10 project is to control my heating remotely. The Honeywell Chronotherm is a nice device, but my day isn’t divided in four parts and the times I arrive at home are never the same. So it would be nice to have the possibility to turn on the heating before I leave the office. Most thermostats can only be programmed to follow a temperature curve throughout the day (or week), but I don’t’ want that: I only want to turn off the heating automatically after 0 o’clock, I don’t want the heating to switch on automatically.

So what I need is simple: A X-10 device that acts like two analog devices. The first should be a thermometer, capable of requesting the current room temperature. The second should be the set point of my heating system and should be both requestable as settable.

Currently I’m overhauling my complete heating system; The boiler is being replaced, pipes are rerouted, etc. Modern boilers use ‘modulating burners’ (We techies just call that a proportional actuator, like we have been doing since long before boiler manufacturers even existed). These boilers can be controlled using a simple on/off thermostat as well, but in order to achieve their maximum efficiency (of 109%, muwhahahaha) a proportional control loop is required. Somehow every manufacturer has thought of his own proprietary solution for boiler/thermostat communication, probably to protect their market. A few manufacturers have decided to embrace the OpenTherm standard for this (kudos guys!)

Many manufacturers have hear about the need of remote controlling heating systems, but all of them have their own system, varying from sending SMS messages to logging onto their website or sending email to their server. Even though the problem is simple, they keep the solution complex to make sure they maintain in the loop so they can charge a yearly fee for theirs services. Techies like us see right through that and immediately see that their ‘services’ don’t add any value to the system. We also don’t want to pay for sending an SMS message each time we want to turn the heating on or off.

I thought it wouldn’t be too difficult to find an OpenTherm compatible thermostat which can be controller through X-10, but after a long search I turned out to be wrong.

So far I have found the following devices, no of them are proportional:

http://www.resconsys.com/products/stats/x10.htm

http://www.marmitek.com/nl/catalogus/pr … roduct=232

Then there are the people who talk about building they are own thermostat. Well, controlling a central heating system is far more complex than it seems, even if you’re only turning the boiler on and off. Let alone when youre trying to achieve maximum efficiency and if you want to use the OpenTherm protocol.

I have seen the digital input modifications of the Chronotherm IV OpenTherm thermostat at Leike’s forum, but I think thats a bit minimalistic ;-)

Does anybody know about a better OpenTherm solution?

http://www.domoticaforum.eu/viewtopic.php?t=113

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University Of Aberdeen -internet Enabled: But Where Is Your Personal Information Going? – Hispanicbusiness.com

Who is gathering it? And what are they going to do with it? New software developed by the dot.rural Digital Economy Hub at the University of Aberdeen , and trialled in bus stops across the North East of Scotland , aims to answer these questions, so such services can be used with confidence. The Trusted Tiny Things app is already operational on bus routes across Aberdeenshire and within Aberdeen , where travellers can scan NFC tags at bus stops with their mobile phones to find out timetable information. ‘When a user scans the NFC tag at the bus stop with their phone, the user is taken to an app which explains which organisations are requesting information from their phone, specifically what information it will gather, and for what purpose. If the user is happy to proceed, then they are connected to the timetable information,’ explains project leader Dr Edoardo Pignotti . The project was born out of a desire to increase transparency when it comes to the data that organisations and private firms collect from members of the public through internet-enabled devices. Dr Pignotti adds: ‘There is an increasing amount of devices such as passive radio tags, internet connected sensor platforms and embedded computers in the home and public spaces these days and many people use them in good faith but they may be blind to what info they are giving up, and to whom. People have a right to know exactly what these devices are – what kind of data they are collecting; if the data is transmitted, and if so, who it is sent to; what the data is used for.
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