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Forum: Conservation 11-23-09, 11:09 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,754
Posted By charlie_D
Oh my, 2600kwh per year? Congrats! :) ...and...

Oh my, 2600kwh per year? Congrats! :) ...and there's no way I could do that without extensive investment in solar or wind power. :D

You're correct, everything here runs on hydro, no natural...
Forum: Conservation 11-22-09, 12:03 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,754
Posted By charlie_D
Running monthly electricity useage

I'm going to keep track of it in this thread; as jobs get done hopefully this number will get smaller and smaller :D

September 20 - October 21, 2009 -- 4198kwh

October 21 - November 21, 2009...
Forum: Conservation 11-10-09, 10:43 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 10,394
Posted By charlie_D
Bicycle Bob, this is the furnace, I can take a...

Bicycle Bob, this is the furnace, I can take a closer pic of the nameplate if you'd like:

http://ecorenovator.org/forum/attachment.php?attachmentid=515&stc=1&d=1257910947

A crop of the...
Forum: Conservation 11-10-09, 10:37 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 10,394
Posted By charlie_D
Just did a search, and I see you posted the link...

Just did a search, and I see you posted the link a while back as well -- oops :) Well, it's in two places now, though neither are particularly easy to find unless you know exactly what you're...
Forum: Conservation 11-10-09, 06:25 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 10,394
Posted By charlie_D
I said likely not this winter, but I get...

I said likely not this winter, but I get obsessive about these things... so, while on my night shift I read through 'keeping the heat in', here's a link to the online version (released by Natural...
Forum: Conservation 11-09-09, 05:33 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 10,394
Posted By charlie_D
As you can on the inside of the lath-and-plaster...

As you can on the inside of the lath-and-plaster wall there, there's no insulation in the walls up there. My current plan is to get a load of insulation and shove it in there. That still leaves the...
Forum: Wind Power 11-09-09, 05:15 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 13,763
Posted By charlie_D
Yeah, I'm digging up an old post, but... ...

Yeah, I'm digging up an old post, but...

They have the Breezy 10k now, the kit seems to sell for $7900. That'd be a steal for a 10kw turbine, so long as it worked as rated.

I've been...
Forum: Geothermal & Heat Pumps 11-09-09, 05:11 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 18,828
Posted By charlie_D
My house heats with geothermal... Sorry, I can't...

My house heats with geothermal... Sorry, I can't tell you what the bill was prior to installation, it came with the house (one of the things I was looking for in an acreage).

I *can* say that my...
Forum: Tools 11-07-09, 10:42 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 4,121
Posted By charlie_D
Open Office tracker actually looks decent. ...

Open Office tracker actually looks decent. Doubly so since my systems don't run Windows, and I don't trust MS office to behave. :)

My main problem is remembering to read the meter each month. I...
Forum: Conservation 11-07-09, 10:39 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 10,394
Posted By charlie_D
Oh and on a quick note: I'll start looking for...

Oh and on a quick note: I'll start looking for thick quilts for the doors. That atic is a curious mix of lath and plaster and dry wall... but it's huge, easily the biggest room in the house at...
Forum: Conservation 11-07-09, 10:35 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 10,394
Posted By charlie_D
Part 2: Here's the 'door' on the other side:...

Part 2:

Here's the 'door' on the other side:

http://ecorenovator.org/forum/attachment.php?attachmentid=480&stc=1&d=1257651022

And here I've pulled it back to reveal the gooey filling. It's...
Forum: Conservation 11-07-09, 10:26 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 10,394
Posted By charlie_D
Okay, this'll have to be split over two posts,...

Okay, this'll have to be split over two posts, but here we go...

Here's an image of the switch in the atic. It lights the crawl space, and the atic itself. You can see the crawl space through...
Forum: Conservation 11-07-09, 03:16 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 10,394
Posted By charlie_D
Well, I know the water tank is sitting on...

Well, I know the water tank is sitting on linoleum-over-concrete in the basement; it likely loses a good amount of heat that way, and it's a good idea to look into a timer. I wonder about the...
Forum: Conservation 11-04-09, 12:16 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 10,394
Posted By charlie_D
A jacket for the water heater isn't a bad idea; I...

A jacket for the water heater isn't a bad idea; I always forget about that option. Ditto the duct sealing; I'd done it in my old place, I'm sure I have at least half a roll of foil tape around here...
Forum: Tools 11-03-09, 05:58 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 4,121
Posted By charlie_D
I tried out the Microsoft one. Perhaps it's...

I tried out the Microsoft one. Perhaps it's because I had to use a fake zip code (US only, so I used the most northern little town in ND I could find), but I found most of the recommendations have...
Forum: Conservation 11-03-09, 05:14 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 10,394
Posted By charlie_D
Thanks for having me, and the reply ;) The...

Thanks for having me, and the reply ;)

The home pressure test will likely be difficult; the kitchen fan exhausts inside the room, and the bathrooms have no vents; fine with all the hardwood (100%...
Forum: Conservation 11-03-09, 06:25 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 10,394
Posted By charlie_D
Old farm house, options?

Hi, nice to be here.

I'm hoping someone might have some suggestions for decreasing my electricity usage; I've been staring at this problem for so long maybe I'm missing the obvious. I'll start...
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