[rescue] rescue Digest, Vol 102, Issue 16

der Mouse mouse at Rodents-Montreal.ORG
Thu May 19 22:08:57 CDT 2011

> If your home has electric heat then there is absolutely zero cost
> difference between heating it with resistance elements and heating it
> with computing elements.

While this is close to true, it's not quite true.

This is largely because electric heat is generally distributed among
the various rooms, whereas computing heat is concentrated where the
computers are.  Since heat generally does not flow very well from room
to room, this means the machine room is over-heated, leading to

Of course, if the factors combine such that the big resistor under the
window is still drawing power even in the machine room (or machine
rooms), _then_ you're right.

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