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People powered space heat

Rules of Thumb cites John Brink, building superintendent, Masonic Temple with “Ten people will raise the temperature of a medium-size room one degree per hour.”

If you calculate the typical 2,000 food Calorie per day diet to an energy flow (power), you get 100 watts. So another way to look at Brink’s rule of thumb is that a kilowatt of heating will warm a medium sized room by a degree per hour.A kilowatt of heating is about what your typical electric space heater provides.

So next time you plan a party with friends in the living room, keep in mind the heat budget!

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