It will also typically achieve multiple benefits from single expenditures -- a superwindow
gets 10 kinds of benefits; a premium motor or dimming ballast gives about 18 each.
Energy examples include such things as hypercars, passive solar buildings, superwindow
retrofits, super-refrigerators, low-energy beef, and redesigned fans, pumps and motors.
Similar coordinating benefits are achieved in many integrated engineering designs by using superwindows
, daylighting devices, and alternative HVAC designs that regulate the temperature of the people as opposed to the spaces.
Hunter Lovins's two-part article ["Mobilizing Energy Solutions," January 28 (mistakenly titled "Supply-Side Stupor"), and "Energy Forever," February 11], the solution is simple, apolitical, and painless: "Policy tweaking" and innovations such as superwindows
and Hypercars[TM] can turn gas-guzzling America into a cost- and energy-efficient nirvana.
In the superwindows
, argon gas, which is inexpensive, nontoxic, clear and odorless, fills up the cavity to increase thermal performance.
Refuge oil could be displaced by making 4 percent of the light-vehicle fleet as efficient as the 48-mpg Prius hybrid-electric sedan, by making a fraction of car and light-truck replacement tires as efficient as the originals, or by putting superwindows
into a fraction of U.
The larger the window, the more effective superwindows
are in providing a comfortable temperature.