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  • British Thermal Unit

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  • n. a unit of energy equal to the work done by a power of 1000 watts operating for one hour
  • n. a unit of heat equal to the amount of heat required to raise one pound of water one degree Fahrenheit at one atmosphere pressure; equivalent to 251.997 calories


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  • (One BTU is the energy required to heat one pound of water one degree Fahrenheit.)

    Are American homes more energy efficient? Not exactly.

  • You can also buy bigger burner units ... they are rated in BTU's I have a portable stove that has two 30,000 BTU burners.

    Should I Buy a New Kitchen Stove??

  • In the U.S., enrgy is measured in units called BTU's.


  • WHY DO YOU THINK NATURAL GAS NATION WIDE IS SO OUTRAGEOUS …. $2 per therm or 100,000 BTU is outrageous

    Think Progress » $3.01.

  • And you have what I'll call BTU deja vu in the House.

    CNN Transcript Jul 23, 2009

  • As opposed to a BTU, which is the energy to raise 1 pound of water by 1 deg F.

    So… « Whatever

  • Q On the broad-based energy tax, has the President decided to do what's called a BTU-type of base or formula to determine how much of a tax to trickle down?

    Pm Press Briefing By George Stephanopoulos

  • First, the history: Back in 1993, President Clinton proposed a broad-based energy tax called a BTU tax since it taxed energy content measured in British Thermal Units. News

  • He also forced through the House an energy tax, known as the BTU tax, that would have charged all fuel sources based on their heat content; the measure failed in the Senate, and many vulnerable House Dems blamed that vote for the loss of their seats. Top Stories

  • All sixth grade students at Tonganoxie Middle School will engage in a program called the BTU Crew, where they will learn about how to make buildings like their middle school more energy efficient and environmentally responsible.


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