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Tyson, Emilie & Isaac

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Hangar progress: foundation

August 31, 2019
Emilie Phillips

Making some progress on the hangar. By beginning of September, the foundation was in and most of the site prep was done. We knew the utility lines to the house would be going straight through the hangar foundation. The one unexpected hiccup, was we had lots of loam on our property, and not so much […]

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Land clearing for a hangar

August 9, 2019
Emilie Phillips

It’s been 9 years now that we have lived beside a runway, and we are finally going to build our own hangar. A big thanks to Jack Belletete, a friend of Tyson’s family and a pilot, for helping us with the building design and putting us in contact with contractors. The loggers started clearing the […]

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Fall Traditions

Emilie Phillips

This past weekend we started on our fall chores. Firewood First, we stacked wood. Usually we cut and stack wood, but this year we hadn’t set any green wood to dry in the spring, so I ordered wood. Simply stacking takes a lot less time than cutting, hauling, splitting, and stacking. Tyson and I stacked […]

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Solar Panel Temperature Sensor Replacement

September 30, 2018
Emilie Phillips

Our temperature sensors for our solar hot water panels failed. This is the first repair we’ve needed to do on our roof and it was quite a puzzle figuring out how to get up there. Here’s a video showing the process: To install the new thermistors, Tyson removed all the old insulation and tape, and […]

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First Year Net Zero

Emilie Phillips

Our PV solar panels have been installed for a year. We generated 10.75MWh of electricity. Our utility meter says we sold 7,373kWh of that back to the grid. And we used 6,880kWh from the grid. So net, we used 490kWh less than we produced! Our load is dreadfully mismatched with production. We are shipping 3/4 […]

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Green web hosting

Emilie Phillips

We all need to do our part to prevent global warming. According to this report from 2015: Datacentre web servers, such as those used by Google and Facebook, to blame for 2% of greenhouse gas emissions – about the same as air travel As my little step towards improving the planet, I have switched this […]

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Heating Season

October 20, 2016
Emilie Phillips

October 1st we turned the radiant heat on in the sand high mass collector. There’s a delicate balance between turning it on early enough so the sun is still heating the hot water panels on the roof, but not so early that we overheat the house. The one year I turned the sand on at […]

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Hot water solar panels re-pressurize

May 7, 2016
Emilie Phillips

We finally got around to repressurizing our hot water solar panels. The process was pretty simple. This is a continuation of the work started February 20th. First we picked a rainy cloudy day so we didn’t have to worry about the panels overheating. With our brand new pH strips and refractometer we tested the solar […]

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We designed our own energy efficient house. We posted lots of updates while the house was being built, but since then there hasn’t been much to say. Checkout our overview of construction techniques.

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