Isn't that how the hybrid buses work?
Some cities now have tool libraries (not operated by the city itself) which people can borrow tools that they need instead of everyone having to own a drill, a set of wrenches, etc which are all barely used.
Macs and Linux come with the various shells that you can script in plus Perl. Those are great for learning how to do simple things.
That may work for larger buildings. (As an aside I wish they would make it mandatory to for apartment/condo buildings more than four or six stories to use geothermal for the heating and cooling.) I don't think it would work for smaller buildings and homes.
I just replaced my furnace and A/C in addition to looking at getting solar panels put in. Now this is for eastern Ontario so the economics will be different for a lot of places in the US. The numbers I'm using are retail but their relative values should be similar to a trades person.
I'm in the suburbs so that means for a geothermal system I would need to drill vertical holes for the system. I didn't get one priced but they range between $30k and $40k with $10k for the drilling.
There seems to be only two air source heat pumps on the market for my region and they cost around $13k. Plus they would need a backup heating system for the extremely cold days. So with installation estimate $20k
A 98% efficiency natural gas furnace with a 16 SEER A/C comes in around $8k.
From looking around at solar power it costs about $8k to install the basics (wiring, inverter, etc) and then it's approximately $2200 per kW of panels.
In all the systems there is a fan for circulating the air and you are going to have the installation costs for the solar power. So it basically comes down to adding solar panels to cover the difference between the A/C and the heat pumps. The builder could also decide to go up to a SEER 21 A/C if it was cheaper than adding the solar panels or increasing insulation.
I certainly miss those incandescent bulbs heating up my home on these 30+ degree days in July.
I'm sensing a slight hesitancy towards this agreement.
I think that it might be better to spend the money to up the insulation. I go by construction sites and the minimum amount of insulation required is terrible. If it was increased massive amounts of energy and money could be saved while increasing comfort.
I didn't check your math but you didn't factor in the time it would take to pass in the legislation to make this law (probably at least a year). Then I doubt there's that much excess supply in the solar panel industry especially with China installing all that it can so you would have to wait at least another year for the plants to be built because they probably aren't going to invest in them until they know for sure that the law has been passed. That's if they build the extra plants because they might not make their money back if the surge in panels isn't kept up past 2020.
Solar panels can go on more buildings than just houses. Any building with a large flat roof could host a considerable number of solar panels for instance. Around here all of the schools have solar panels on them. A company pays them for leasing the roof space.
Really, I thought it was just taking a look at the idiots driving around on the ground.
There are these things called libraries. They might have a copy.
I was thinking that it would use less gas because it would be programmed to go at the speed limit. I've noticed that most of the time people drive 5 to 10 km/h above the limit, especially on the major roads and highways.
I don't think it's the media that is creating the false fears. They may be hyping the small number of idiots using drones. The problem is that as drones become cheaper more and more idiots are going to going to buy one. I bet it won't be long until we hear about someone flying one against traffic on a highway to get a "great shot".
I think it would be good to also have it possible to operate a drone without the restrictions if you were under the supervision of someone who was certified. So someone could take their friends or family out and they could fly the drone while that person was there to give direction. Or a certified person could rent out a drone and be present.
Don't you know that efficiency has always taken a backseat to design and coolness.