The money was paid out in the form of rebates to lots of people who
took advantage of the program. The money came out of the general
fund? Which is now very "under funded"... It was hardly a "free"
car. A good example would be a loaded suburban retailing at 45K, cost
the person about 28K after rebates. But you had to wait about a year
to get your "refund" on your taxes. So you still had to fully fund
your purchase for the year while waiting for your tax rebate. If you
talk to someone who took advantage of the program they are hardly
feeling great about the deal, because they are stuck with a giant suv
with no resale value. Who in the world is going to buy a used hacked
up converted 3 year old suburban,.. when there are 3 dozen unalterted
primo one's for sale? I wouldn't touch a Alt fuels car with a ten
foot pole. (unless it was a new one from the manufacturer with all
the warrenties, etc...)
When you realize that children are going
to die and suffer abuse because money that
should have gone to child protective services
and God knows how many other services that
could save lives, it seems to me that stealing
that money is voluntary manslaughter.
You're using a small a/c then? The advice I got was to not
insulate the door as it would provide escape for the air cooled
by a swamp cooler. I guess that I was considering a swamp
instead of a/c wasn't clear.
You are right if you choose to go with the swamper solution, that the
door insulation is not nessessary. In AZ the swamp cooler doesn't
work in late July through mid sept, during the higher humidity. Does
the same issue apply to Vegas. If not (vegas doesn't get the
humidity) go swamp.
I guess its important to decide what the objective of cooling the
garage is? If you want to run the swamper 24/7 so that the
garage/cars are cool on demand, then you will benefit from the swamper
and the lower energy demand? My goal is to be able to work in the
garage comfortably, with a little planning. That means its not
available and cool on demand. I basically run the ac on the
I also think that sometimes the hassle of maintaining the swamper, can
defeat the energy savings when compared to a very efficient/high seer
AC unit. When its in the 100 +teens outside and you walk into my dry
air ac'ed garage set at the mid 80s its nice in there. Walk into a
swamp cooled garage when the humidity sets in and it does feel
comfortable to me...
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