"Have you looked how much light you need in the backyard and where you need the light? Often a one for one replacement is a gross overkill. You may be able to significantly reduce the size (lumen equivalent) of the light. Also are…"
"Grey water can really be a problem if it sits too long in the pipes or the back of a toilet. That soap or extra stuff that makes it grey water really needs to be filtered out and processed before re-use. Bacteria such as legionella is…"
"Alan, Were you able to make observations about number of lightbulbs, sizes and types? Are they moving away from incandescent, halogens and CFL's to LEDs?
Window coatings/treatments? Single pane, double pane?…"
"Dan, Solar PV and solar H2O work in northern climates...They can still provide the desired goal in cool areas. But the Heat Pump Hot Water Heater option may be a problem if you are trying to use one in a climate zone 5 or above. It may…"
"What climate zone are you in? Where would the hot water heater be set? Northern climates with a heat pump in a cool/cold room can be counter productive. Place the same HPHW inside a house in a hot humid climate and you may see…"
"The last picture with fiber cement - looks like the pattern you might see from water.
Is the fiber cement board on firring? Blind nailing? Did they paint the fiber board after installation and seal up the overlapping --- leaving only the…"
"We have PV panels on our roof, we tracked the panel temps, microinverter temps, and attic temps for a couple of years. We did see a definite reduction in attic temps under the panels. Five degrees F is reasonable. But…"
"So this is an old post... with some new comments on it. The problem is not likely coming from the LED bulbs - alone. It probably is a combination of old analog garage door openers and general RF noise in the neighborhood... with the…"
"For Rod, second part...
When I see really large electric services... my first reaction my be "what a waste", but when I stop and catch my breath and take the time to ask why... something more useful is generally discovered.
"Rod, I did see earlier that you had calculated the loads. The key is even though a consumer device may not have the accuracy... you can still use it to find the "phantom loads". You need to use that spread sheet of…"
I have some of the CT's that you referenced in the openenergymonitor system. They are at "best" 3% devices... the openenergysystem is likely to have system error/uncertainty in/around 10%. The utility meters…"
"1200A service... really? or did you mean 200A. That size service would likely result in its own large transformer (probably ground mounted)... and likely three phase to home.
The electrician likely did the audio/video system as well as a…"
"yes, I'd think even for a very large house / residence that you'd want to look carefully at the loads and decide which of the motors you want to put on timers and upgrade to more efficient motors ASAP.
Besides well pump, if the…"
"It's not just the CT's that you need to worry about. The CT will pick up the current and provide a voltage across a "load" resistor that can be measured. The system accuracy of the external measurement is dependent…"
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