Back when I was in law school, I was really really poor. Like, poorer than I am now. Yes, really.
Anyway, one day, it must have been during the winter, I found myself reading a website with tips on how to save money on your energy bill (instead of reading cases like I was supposed to, I'm sure).
One of the tips was that, during the winter, if you take a bath, instead of just draining the tub when you get out, you should leave the water in the tub until it cools down to room temperature. This was followed with some science mumbo jumbo about it giving off the heat into your home, blah blah blah. (Gee, wonder why I couldn't finish that pre-med major?) And, it even said that this will add a "moist heat," as opposed to a "dry heat," so that it would not only heat your home, it could also replace the need for a humidifier. And it also said (yes, it gets even better), that you could even do this when taking a shower, by letting the tub fill when you take a shower, not just baths. Which, I think would be kind of icky.
This led to a lot of debate between the boyfriend and me. No doubt this debate began when he went into the bathroom, found the tub still full, and said, "Is the drain clogged or something?" And I responded, "No, I'm saving money, dammit!"
So, the first set of questions are (1) Has anyone ever heard of this before? (2) Does this sound like it could be real, scientifically or whatnot?
And, I understand that the effectiveness would vary depending on the size of your home, the location of the bathroom (whether it is in the center of the home or not), etc. And I'm not saying that it would be able to heat your entire home, but the point, I think, of the save-money-on-energy article, was that if you're paying to heat that water anyway, why let it go down the drain?
Now for the next part... assuming you believe this whole tub-effecting-the-temperature thing, what about during the summer?
Let's say that it's 90 degrees in my tiny little apartment. And I fill the bathtub (located almost in the center of the tiny apartment) with ice cold water. Maybe even a few pounds of ice. Is that going to cool off the apartment at all?
And, if not, where can I get one of those HUGE blocks of ice that I imagine they used to put in front of fans in the olden days (or, at least, in cartoons they did)?
I believe this calls for a blogpoll and a joke...
Dwayne the tub, I'm dwoning!