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Technology

Ground Source Heat Pump

Last week, we threw the switch to our geothermal HVAC system that is correctly called a ground source heat pump.  When we bought this house, we knew the almost 20 year old, inefficient HVAC propane heat pump had to be replaced before winter.   As we made plans for this conversion, we learned that we … Continue reading »

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The Permaculture Piece

It has been a few years since Bonnie Hutchinson introduced the Permaculture principles to me. We had hired Bonnie to paint a vision for the four acres at TS Designs. When we started construction on our building 22 years ago, we had to fight very hard to protect the one pin oak tree that was … Continue reading »

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Bringing it together to manage our electricity

Last week, a Smart Meter from Randolph Electrical Membership Cooperative was installed at our home. This was the final piece for managing our electricity, and now we can start monitoring and reducing our electrical energy cost in real time.  Consumers are purchasing energy saving appliances, CFL light bulbs, or adding more insulation to their attics. … Continue reading »

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Staying with the tank

About seven years ago, Lisa and I remodeled the kitchen at our home on Parkview Drive.  The one big thing that I got to add to the project was a Bosch Aquastar natural gas tankless hot water heater.  Too bad it was hidden behind the refrigerator.  I’ll never forget the plumber who did the installation.  He had … Continue reading »

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Why Care?

When I started making biodiesel about nine years ago people would ask me why?  At the time, I could buy diesel fuel at the pump for about $1, and it was going to cost me about $1 to make the biodiesel. Then I had to factor in my time, and the almost $3k in equipment … Continue reading »

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Switching to LED lighting

As Lisa and I started to acclimate ourselves to our new house, we quickly noted in the kitchen the heat coming off the ceiling from the 150 watt incandescent floodlights.  We later determined that was the light bulb of choice used throughout the house. To be exact, we found 15 of the 150-watt floodlights just … Continue reading »

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R50, Local, Sustainable and No Itching

One of the things that came from our energy audit done by Southern Energy Management (SEM) was to increase the insulation in our attic.  I will talk more about the SEM report in a later blog.  Nineteen years ago, our house was constructed to the required R30 insulation in the attic. Now, construction consultants recommend … Continue reading »

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