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I need an edge.

I need suggestions for what I should eat/drink prior to a very short but intense cycling workout. [more inside]
posted by repoman on Jul 25, 2014 - 22 answers

Energy efficiency research, where art thou?

Looking for quality sources and data regarding energy efficient and energy outputs. Details inside. [more inside]
posted by Funky Claude on Jun 4, 2014 - 2 answers

Energy attunements: is it possible to become an energy healer online?

I'm getting mystery pains as I mentioned in another question. I'd like to treat this with an energy modality, e.g. Reiki. I am based in the UK. Ideally I would like to learn online. [more inside]
posted by Musashi Daryl on Jun 3, 2014 - 5 answers

Vitamins + thyroid

Why am I getting this medical effect from vitamin pills, and should i be worried? [more inside]
posted by bad grammar on May 10, 2014 - 13 answers

Does anyone have any experience with Green Mountain Energy?

We were approached at a street fair by a somewhat high-pressure salesman. In its self something of a red flag. However, their rates and espoused business practices were intriguing. On paper (online), they seem like a good choice, especially if I'm interested in green energy. I am aware that they're owned by NRG, but this doesn't put me off on its own. [more inside]
posted by cmoj on May 5, 2014 - 8 answers

How to prevent empathy pains?

It feels like other people's emotional energy is causing me muscle soreness. What can I do? [more inside]
posted by Musashi Daryl on Apr 25, 2014 - 20 answers

Help me find work-life balance as a recent college graduate.

I graduated college a year ago, and I'm having trouble acclimating to my new life. Plenty of special snowflake info inside, but I would love any tools or anecdotes about how your life changed after college. [more inside]
posted by bbqturtle on Apr 25, 2014 - 46 answers

How to deal diplomatically with zealous environmentalist landlady?

Mrs. HeroZero and I just moved into a lovely new Chicago apartment about two months ago. However, our landlady (who lives on the third floor of this three-flat apartment building) has passionate environmentalist feelings. Though we share many aspects of her politics, it's made certain aspects of living here difficult. [more inside]
posted by HeroZero on Apr 20, 2014 - 18 answers

How can I pick myself up and keep going?

I've had a difficult time over the last while and I feel like I've completely run out of steam. How can I keep going and accomplish all I need to? I feel all my motivation is gone and frankly I just want to hibernate but obviously I can't. Have you ideas about how to keep putting one foot in front of the other? [more inside]
posted by outoftime on Apr 17, 2014 - 31 answers

Can you quantify the energy of spring?

It's spring and the plants and trees which have been bare for months are bursting into life. I've been thinking it must take a lot of energy for a tree to go from having no leaves at all to being covered in too many to count in a relatively short period of time. But how much energy exactly? [more inside]
posted by neilb449 on Apr 16, 2014 - 4 answers

Will this alternative energy idea work?

My friend theorizes that a miniaturized dam, which he calls "The Waterboy", would be a great form of alternative energy and wanted to get feedback on whether this idea would actually work. This document he drafted up describes The Waterboy further and includes calculations.
posted by defmute on Mar 18, 2014 - 14 answers

Zero Energy Universe?

Stephen Hawking has proposed that our universe has a total energy of zero, which allowed it to Bang into existence without violating any laws. Is this thesis falsifiable? If so, what is an example of something that might happen, which would contradict the zero-energy hypothesis? [more inside]
posted by Eiwalker on Feb 13, 2014 - 6 answers

Making a Rube Goldberg Setup in the Classroom

I want to create a Rube Goldberg machine (or something like it) with my students. I am not the best at teaching hands-on stuff/doing experiments and things that involve design, so I am looking for help and suggestions. [more inside]
posted by gursky on Feb 6, 2014 - 10 answers

How can I feel the way I feel before my period all the time?

Like most women, I experience some mood variations throughout my cycle. Right before my period actually starts, I feel a burst of energy which makes me feel more creative and productive. [more inside]
posted by chaiminda on Jan 27, 2014 - 17 answers

Heating a Drafty San Francisco Apartment with Electric

Please help me figure out how to heat my drafty San Francisco 1-bedroom apartment without breaking the bank. Details inside! [more inside]
posted by Amplify on Jan 10, 2014 - 21 answers

How do I compare energy usage between building in different locations?

How do I compare energy usage between building in different locations? [more inside]
posted by btkuhn on Jan 6, 2014 - 7 answers

Meter Reader Craziness

Help me understand why the energy company seems to (somewhat randomly) choose to estimate my energy usage rather than billing me for actual usage. [more inside]
posted by raspberrE on Dec 28, 2013 - 9 answers

Should I switch my electricity provider to ConEd SOLUTIONS?

is this ConEd solutions on the level, as providing more eco-friendly electricity than my regular Con Edison provider? What are the pros and cons? The agent who is trying to sell me this says my bill will go up a little. This is for residential usage in New York City. Any experience or information on this is much appreciated.
posted by DMelanogaster on Dec 21, 2013 - 10 answers

Glass Block or Insulated Replacement Window

So I have been working on my house and making it energy efficient. It is now time to replace the basement windows in my split level. One double wide window needs to be replaced with one that opens to meet code, but the other three single wide windows do not. Would I be better installing glass blocks in those three, not vented, or installing either a picture, slider, or another type of insulated vinyl replacement window? If I should do a replacement window, which type should I use? [more inside]
posted by Nackt on Dec 19, 2013 - 6 answers

How does Leslie Knope do it??

How to 'fake it' and keep faking it/how to be more high-energy in social interactions [more inside]
posted by dinosaurprincess on Dec 5, 2013 - 16 answers

Tastless, cheap liquid caffeine

For some time now, I've been getting my AM caffeine through these fancy "sparkling energy water" drinks I get at the health food store. They are totally unsweetened carbonated water with caffeine. These drinks are expensive, and earlier tonight my husband and I had a come to jesus talk about our out of control grocery budget. My daily sparkling energy water can has got to go. [more inside]
posted by long haired child on Nov 29, 2013 - 25 answers

extrapolating temp/energy use difference from small boxes to my condo

Physics geeks! Help me save energy! How do I estimate how much less energy will be used by light siding vs gray siding, based on an experiment with small boxes? I made some identical boxes, put them in the sun, measured temperatures, and am trying to figure out how to scale up. The net has info about different roof colors, but not siding colors. [more inside]
posted by amtho on Nov 19, 2013 - 6 answers

I celebrate the me yet to come

Every year my boyfriend and I make up a theme for our resolution for the year. 2014 is going to be "I Sing The Body Electric." We then do things along this theme. The idea for 2014 is that we make our bodies feel awesome, inside and out. What fun and transformative things should we do? [more inside]
posted by andreapandrea on Nov 2, 2013 - 25 answers

House building advice?

The Mrs. and I are planning to build a house next year on some land that we bought recently. What should we know about house building before undertaking this massive endeavor? [more inside]
posted by LouMac on Oct 16, 2013 - 23 answers

A Potentially Electric Question

What is "electric potential"? I've dug through the internet, gone to tutoring, asked my teacher, and nothing has helped. [more inside]
posted by runcibleshaw on Oct 3, 2013 - 26 answers

Help me get my groove back

I have been working at the limits of my abilities for a decade or more. I am running out of steam and need a long break, but family and work responsibilities prevent that. What immediate, short-term tricks do people have to boost their energy levels? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 17, 2013 - 20 answers

You Can Make It If You Try

I am a big believer that motivation is everything. I have some things I want to accomplish and am in a motivational slump of sorts (call it apathy). I am not depressed. What are some motivational tricks or strategies you use to build motivation levels? For example:listen to "eye of the tiger" real loud (i've done this).
posted by Xurando on Sep 15, 2013 - 10 answers

Low mood be over: how?

Low energy/mood/will in the past weeks- now feeling the desire to get back on track, but I'm unsure about the way to go about it. I'd love to have your take on some ideas I have and how to put them into practice. [more inside]
posted by opalshards on Sep 12, 2013 - 12 answers

How much does it energy does it take to store a terabyte of data?

On average, or an educated guess, how much energy does it take to store a terabyte of data? I don't mean how much does storage cost. I want to know what the environmental impact of a terabyte of data. [more inside]
posted by Nanukthedog on Aug 9, 2013 - 13 answers

How does the whole exercise-improves-energy thing work?

I'm a newish mom who works from home. Mini-me sleeps through the night and we get plenty of rest, but I'm still utterly exhausted every day and it seems to be getting worse. I know it's time to start getting more exercise (I work from home now so I feel like I'm just on my butt all day every day) but I need delicious facts to convince my brain to go to the damn gym already. What type of exercise should I be doing and how long do I have to do it before I start to see an improvement in my energy levels?
posted by annekate on Jul 17, 2013 - 12 answers

Could we be getting loads of extra power from kinetic energy?

I just got an automatic watch and the fact that it powers itself via small movements of my wrist has me fascinated, and also puzzled that we haven't really taken more advantage of obtaining small amounts of power via changes in kinetic energy (if thats the right term?) [more inside]
posted by Admira on Jul 10, 2013 - 22 answers

Which is better maintaining a cool temp or cooling down a hot house

Which would take less energy - running the AC throughout the day to maintain say 75F (outside 95-100) or letting the house get to 90F+ throughout the day and then cooling it down at night back to 75F?
posted by zeoslap on Jun 30, 2013 - 28 answers

How to focus/have more presence/be more lively/live in the moment?

Basically I am a SERIOUS daydreamer and while I love this about myself and it makes me-time fun etc I have been told that I seem floaty and spaced out even in social interactions and I have noticed that people don't connect with me as much/take me as seriously!! This has not affected my daily functioning, but it is becoming a problem in my personal life and also in my work life because how am I supposed to achieve my goals if people don't connect with me or dismiss me because I seem 'distracted'... I would like to be more lively and focused and I would be grateful for any advice on that (I am anticipating lots of 'meditation' but would like other suggestions if possible as meditation is torturous and I have tried it and hated it.)
posted by dinosaurprincess on May 6, 2013 - 15 answers

How can I inspire my partner to be a healthy, fit person with me?

I want to be a healthy, fit person, and I want my partner to want that, too. What's the selling point? How can I convince my SO to make this change with me and notice how our generally very sedentary life is sucking the life out of our relationship? Help! [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 16, 2013 - 31 answers

Welcome to Corporate Hell, have a nice stay!

Looking for lifehacks to help me thrive in a stressful high-pressure job working 50+ hours a week long-term. I am special, find out why.. [more inside]
posted by f3l1x on Mar 18, 2013 - 21 answers

Math/Physics Question: Stability of an abruptly stopped object

If you have an object with a given base length and a given CG height, how fast can it travel before you have to worry about it running over an obstacle and falling over? [more inside]
posted by Popular Ethics on Mar 5, 2013 - 16 answers

Poul la Cour?

Can anyone point me towards a good resource for learning more about Poul la Cour's work on wind turbines? Or other historic wind turbine work? [more inside]
posted by teraspawn on Nov 13, 2012 - 3 answers

My hobby is resurrection.

Let's say for whatever reason you've only slept five hours last night and have to be productive today. What's the healthiest way to compensate for a temporary lack of sleep? [more inside]
posted by mecran01 on Nov 12, 2012 - 27 answers

Can I use a CFL or LED bulb in an outside flood light type fixture that is hooked up to an in-wall Intermatic timer?

Can I use a CFL or LED bulb in an outside flood light type fixture that is hooked up to an in-wall Intermatic timer? I was told no but I would like to confirm. If that is the case, I'd love a short explanation in plain English. I tried Googling but I'm still confused. [more inside]
posted by dottiechang on Nov 10, 2012 - 11 answers

Which solar systems should I consider?

We're building a new house and have a roof with plenty of space for number of solar panels, most likely photo-voltaic electric ones. But I'm hard-pressed to find a thorough *current* analysis discussing the pros and cons of various schemes for the systems. [more inside]
posted by wkearney99 on Nov 3, 2012 - 6 answers

Somebody wants to put something on your roof: You say...

Commercial landlords/property management: You are approached by a solar power company or a wireless telecom company that wants to lease space on your roof. Can you list in order of importance (to you and your firm) the issues that you want to be fully informed about and cover point by point in negotiations and any potential lease? [more inside]
posted by thewalrus on Nov 2, 2012 - 3 answers

Good resources for nutrition information

I feel awful. Please share your resources for reasonable, safe and sane information about nutrition. [more inside]
posted by vignettist on Oct 29, 2012 - 18 answers

Need to reframe my thinking and comparing self to coworkers with families.

How can I reframe my thinking so that I stop comparing myself to coworkers who do all they do AND have families to take care of at home? [more inside]
posted by ArgyleMarionette on Oct 15, 2012 - 16 answers

Maximizing energy:exercise ratio.

What kind of exercises should I be doing to get more energy throughout the day? [more inside]
posted by dragonfruit on Oct 14, 2012 - 14 answers

What is the current status of energy self-sufficiency for a homeowner in 2012?

I have a home in Louisville, Kentucky that I want to possibly put solar panels on but I need to know the whole process for 2012. i have read where solar panels cost are lower now given the glut from China.
posted by usermac on Oct 7, 2012 - 3 answers

Solar powered USB help?

Calling all electrical engineers! Need some clarity on how to figure out solar charging rates and consumption of a USB device... [more inside]
posted by griffey on Sep 8, 2012 - 3 answers

How much energy does a modern LCD display use?

If you have a recent 18" to 20" size LCD monitor and a kill-a-watt watt meter, can you please plug it into the watt meter and tell me how much power it's actually drawing? [more inside]
posted by thewalrus on Sep 6, 2012 - 7 answers

Songs to lift me up

I'm looking for recommendations for music that might make me feel better about myself. [more inside]
posted by Solomon on Aug 31, 2012 - 34 answers

How does electricity work?

I need a primer on how (electrical) power works. [more inside]
posted by asnowballschance on Aug 24, 2012 - 6 answers

Can I save money by getting a window air conditioner and using my central air less?

Will turning up the thermostat on my central air and buying a window AC unit for the one room I use the most make a significant difference in my electric bill? [more inside]
posted by Vorteks on Aug 8, 2012 - 14 answers

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