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Shutting the night out

  1. Apr 6, 2009 #1

    wolram

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    Why do people draw curtains pull blinds down when it gets dark, it isn't as if you are running around in buff is it? i like to be able to see the dark, and only draw my curtains when it is cold in the bathroom an need to dress in the living room, my bathroom is down stairs.
     
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  3. Apr 6, 2009 #2
    Yes I do wear nothing or next to nothing in my home at night. I wait to view the darkness when I'm away from the big city.
     
  4. Apr 6, 2009 #3

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    As a single woman living alone, I don't want to advertise that I am home alone. Also people don't need to see what I have inside that they might want.
     
  5. Apr 6, 2009 #4
    I do run around in the buff at home. I never used to draw the curtains until my neighbors asked me to.
     
  6. Apr 6, 2009 #5

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    I only pull the shades in the bedroom, and only to keep it dark in the morning if I want to sleep late. If it's cold and I want to dress in the living room near the wood stove, I do. There are very few people around here, and if someone is interested enough to be peeking in my windows, I am not going to feel responsible for what they might see. Not my problem.
     
  7. Apr 6, 2009 #6

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    But they could case your joint in the day just as well, not that they would, or even if there is a they, sorry if terms are out dated.
     
  8. Apr 6, 2009 #7
    From a practical point of view, open windows lose a lot of radiation heat. Closed curtains radiate the IR back. Keep the energy in and the energy bill low.

    See how much radiation disappears through the window:

    infrared%20house_full.jpe
     
  9. Apr 6, 2009 #8

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    During the day, my blinds are only drawn if I am home. Someone with their face pressed to the glass trying to look in would be noticed. At night, you can see into a room with the lights on from quite a distance.
     
  10. Apr 6, 2009 #9

    Astronuc

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    I hope Dr. Foofer and Rico, aka Fruitbat, aren't reading this.
     
  11. Apr 6, 2009 #10

    wolram

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    Screw the energy, i like the stary night :smile: humans shut out every thing that is good out side.
     
  12. Apr 6, 2009 #11

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    I burn 5 cords of wood or less to heat my house, and used no heating oil last winter, aside from a short test-run to make sure that the furnace was working properly.
     
  13. Apr 6, 2009 #12
    We try to block the night out because we're afraid of the dark... duh!
     
  14. Apr 6, 2009 #13

    wolram

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    Fair play to you Turbo, people are strange when it comes to night time, i am sure most crimes are committed in day light
     
  15. Apr 6, 2009 #14

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    Where I live it doesn't really get dark. I mostly draw the curtains to shut out the beautiful reddish hue of the night sky thanks to all the sodium vapor lamps.
     
  16. Apr 6, 2009 #15

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    Quite true , do boogy men have supper powers, nah, they are just as blind as we are at night, but you still should not walk alone in known hot spots.
     
  17. Apr 6, 2009 #16

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    Yes.
    If you can see the dark, then it isn't dark. I also use curtains at night to enhance the dark....and, of course, enhance it when i wake up in the morning when it is light out as well.
     
  18. Apr 6, 2009 #17

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    You're sure...ly wrong: Table 1: http://www.homeoffice.gov.uk/rds/prgpdfs/fcpu29.pdf [Broken]

    Crime rates are, overall, roughly double at night what they are in the day and are greater in the day in only 2 of 8 categories.

    For an additional irony, there is good evidence that increased lighting at night increases crime in certain areas/ways.
     
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  19. Apr 6, 2009 #18

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    I have the same problem as Nabeshin. It never gets dark here, with the exception of an accidental power outage every few years.
    I also like my privacy. Our biggest window (the balcony doors) has sheers over it at all times. We can see out pretty well, but others can't see in. The bedroom windows always have the blinds down. The only unobstructed window is a large one in our dinette area. Nobody can see into it because it's in the top half of the second-story wall. Even it has a blind that we can pull down if we want to.
     
  20. Apr 6, 2009 #19
    Never gets dark .. I can see clear as daytime.
     
  21. Apr 7, 2009 #20
    Yeah i have to agree with you rootx. The disappearance of night has slipped my notice. A few years back i went camping out far from where i live now, and to be perfectly honest ive never seen the night sky for what it is. If ive never seen the night sky, then im sure many people younger than me have never either. Just so disappointing to look out the window and see as well as i do in day instead of seeing the milky way look back at me...
     
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