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Old 09-28-08, 08:12 PM   #1
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What is pedaling worth?

Sitting around watching mindless TV up comes a story on wind turbines. So I start thinking - how much could I save by hooking the trainer up to the grid? Doing a little digging I find this watt calculator:

Now if this calculator is right I can put out about 150 watts for several hours. NY electricity rates run about $0.17/KW hour. If I ride the trainer about 2 hours thats worth about a nickle. Big Woop!
Oh well - I guess I'll need other motivation to get on the trainer
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Old 09-28-08, 08:21 PM   #2
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How many kW-hours of brain burn did you expend coming to this conclusion....

I remember someone chastising me for leaving a couple of lights on 24 hours a day in the house while on a trip. "DO YOU KNOW HOW MUCH THAT COSTS ? ! ? ! ? !" was their dumbfounded beseachment. So I did the numbers and it worked out to about 25 cents a day at the then current rates. That was quite a few years ago though. Of course even if the rates went up by 4 or 5 times since then (likely) I'm still at around 25 cents a day since I swapped over to the lower power flourescent screw ins over the last couple of years. Small cost for home security since lighted houses are broken into far less frequently.
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