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Forum: Renovations & New Construction 05-06-20, 08:22 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 5,486
Posted By PaleMelanesian
I'm in Texas. I've upgraded/replaced central...

I'm in Texas. I've upgraded/replaced central systems in two houses now. In both cases, the electricity savings were right in line with the SEER rating upgrade. The old house's system paid for...
Forum: Lawn and Garden 05-26-15, 07:58 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 8,570
Posted By PaleMelanesian
Haha. Starting at 2:50 in the video, the time...

Haha. Starting at 2:50 in the video, the time lapse part. Those chickens are headed underground with that pit they're digging. Mine do the same thing. Once one starts digging, the others join in...
Forum: Geothermal & Heat Pumps 01-02-13, 08:53 AM
Replies: 405
Views: 140,011
Posted By PaleMelanesian
I have the GE Geospring hybrid heat pump heater. ...

I have the GE Geospring hybrid heat pump heater. It has settings for
- heatpump only
- resistance heat only
- both for high demand
- hybrid mode with intelligent selection (whatever that means)...
Forum: The Billiards Room 11-06-12, 08:59 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 11,092
Posted By PaleMelanesian
I have no idea. It wasn't marked, but it was 20...

I have no idea. It wasn't marked, but it was 20 years old. Based on the new unit's 16-SEER rating and the ~33% HVAC savings, I'm guessing it was a 10.
Forum: Lawn and Garden 10-25-12, 07:59 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 7,439
Posted By PaleMelanesian
Bald neck - we call those Turken. The fat...

Bald neck - we call those Turken.

The fat yellow ones might be Orpingtons. They also make good mothers. Right now mine has her second batch of chicks this year. (1 week old - cute!)
Forum: Lawn and Garden 10-22-12, 08:05 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 7,439
Posted By PaleMelanesian
Oh, right. Spain. What breed(s) of chickens...

Oh, right. Spain.

What breed(s) of chickens do you have? They might be something we don't see over here.
Forum: Lawn and Garden 10-19-12, 10:11 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 7,439
Posted By PaleMelanesian
Nice use of what you had on hand. I doubt many...

Nice use of what you had on hand. I doubt many predators will get into that thing!

I would change one thing, though. I would put something waterproof on top of the roof, to prevent saturating...
Forum: The Billiards Room 10-03-12, 09:59 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 11,092
Posted By PaleMelanesian
2400 sq ft, north Texas ~2500 CDD and 2500 HDD,...

2400 sq ft, north Texas ~2500 CDD and 2500 HDD, all electric. Septic, so only pay for incoming water.

Water: $25 (40+ in summer watering the veggie garden)
Baseload electric: $50 *
Total...
Forum: Geothermal & Heat Pumps 10-03-12, 09:51 AM
Replies: 405
Views: 140,011
Posted By PaleMelanesian
I've had my GeoSpring up and running a few weeks...

I've had my GeoSpring up and running a few weeks now. Works great. It has a variable or stepped operation. It runs at light load after washing dishes, but ramps up to full power with showers. ...
Forum: Geothermal & Heat Pumps 08-03-12, 03:17 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 5,650
Posted By PaleMelanesian
Sounds a little high. I paid the installer about...

Sounds a little high. I paid the installer about 7k last year for my 4 ton 16 SEER system. (heat pump heater, no gas) It was a complete new system including new wire from the breaker.

2.5 ton...
Forum: Lawn and Garden 07-31-12, 08:20 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 8,570
Posted By PaleMelanesian
A green one at that! :p

A green one at that! :p
Forum: Lawn and Garden 07-30-12, 08:33 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 8,570
Posted By PaleMelanesian
What breeds? I've got: Reds 1 game 1...

What breeds?

I've got:
Reds
1 game
1 orpington
1 barred rock
1 Marans (rooster :/ )
several mixed breed, some part ameraucana so they lay green eggs.
Forum: Lawn and Garden 07-27-12, 11:09 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 8,570
Posted By PaleMelanesian
Saw this is a couple months old. How are things...

Saw this is a couple months old. How are things going with it/them today?
Forum: Lawn and Garden 07-27-12, 09:17 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,540
Posted By PaleMelanesian
Matt's wild cherry is definitely producing well...

Matt's wild cherry is definitely producing well for me. Trouble is, they're tiny and to me not very tasty. The Sungold beside it produces slightly more and they're soooo sweet and delicious. Black...
Forum: Lawn and Garden 07-27-12, 09:12 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 8,570
Posted By PaleMelanesian
The raised coop with run space underneath is how...

The raised coop with run space underneath is how I built mine. That's their favorite space when it's 100+ degrees out. (often the case here in Texas)

basjoos is right, they will strip out all...
Forum: Geothermal & Heat Pumps 07-09-12, 08:38 AM
Replies: 405
Views: 140,011
Posted By PaleMelanesian
My GE hybrid has both and can be switched to...

My GE hybrid has both and can be switched to electric, heat pump or both for "high demand".
Forum: Geothermal & Heat Pumps 07-06-12, 09:36 AM
Replies: 405
Views: 140,011
Posted By PaleMelanesian
That's the new version. It's ~5% more efficient...

That's the new version. It's ~5% more efficient based on the yellow Energy Star tag. I'll happily take that slight loss for half the price.

I'm DIY all the way on this. I had to clear a bunch...
Forum: Geothermal & Heat Pumps 07-02-12, 12:49 PM
Replies: 405
Views: 140,011
Posted By PaleMelanesian
Sort of related: I picked up a GE Geospring heat...

Sort of related: I picked up a GE Geospring heat pump water heater this weekend for half price from sears. They told me there's a new model coming out. $600 out the door and it should pay back in...
Forum: Forum News & Feedback 06-26-12, 09:06 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 12,864
Posted By PaleMelanesian
Good one! Also, if you cook a pot of pasta...

Good one!

Also, if you cook a pot of pasta or something, drain the water outside to remove the heat.

In winter, let it sit in the sink to reclaim the heat before draining it out.
Forum: Appliances & Gadgets 06-05-12, 05:15 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 7,954
Posted By PaleMelanesian
Do you plan to use it for many years? I'd buy...

Do you plan to use it for many years? I'd buy new and choose a highly efficient unit. If you use it for the full lifespan, the added cost of new manufacture is minimal compared to buying two used...
Forum: The Billiards Room 05-04-12, 11:41 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 10,845
Posted By PaleMelanesian
That was a meter reading error. April's bill...

That was a meter reading error. April's bill came in at $10.77 for 51 kWh. :p Split the sum 60% March and 40% April and they are the lowest ever for each month.
Forum: Conservation 04-16-12, 01:36 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 3,072
Posted By PaleMelanesian
I spent this winter's savings on ventilation. ...

I spent this winter's savings on ventilation. The house is 2400 sq ft. It was previously vented by four turbines, and nothing else. That's about 4 sq ft. I put ridgeline vents wherever possible...
Forum: The Billiards Room 04-09-12, 02:02 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 10,845
Posted By PaleMelanesian
My march bill was HIGHER than last year. The AC...

My march bill was HIGHER than last year. The AC ran a few times. We had the most Cooling Degree Days ever (for march), but the 2nd lowest March bill thanks to the new central system. It seems a...
Forum: The Billiards Room 03-19-12, 09:17 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 8,160
Posted By PaleMelanesian
There's been a strong La Nina in effect last year...

There's been a strong La Nina in effect last year and this winter. Hopefully it'll ease and bring us more rain. This "winter" has been normal for rainfall. We're not quite moving forward but at...
Forum: The Billiards Room 02-24-12, 08:15 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 10,845
Posted By PaleMelanesian
I use Excel.

I use Excel.
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