I'm an ex-software engineer who has spent a few years looking for a
way to help make progress towards a more sustainable energy situation.
I build a solar thermal system in 2006 that is still working and can
be checked via a data system my son built ==> http://svallens.com/templogger/?days=1
and one I purchased ==> http://welserver.com/WEL0041/
Neither of the above were intended for anyone other than myself to
view, so I make no apologies for them not being user friendly.
My current focus in learning to retro-comission the HVAC systems in
commercial building. I'm most of the way through a year this year long
workshop => http://toollib.site.aplus.net/retrocxweb/
I'd like to use the list as a small and friendly community to share
info related to reducing our dependence on burning fossil fuel.
Long time no see. Happy New Year (in just thirteen hours here in the
I'm a computer programmer working on Linux for high-end systems (mostly Itanium,
but also some X86 as more mission critical features become available on them).
I had a solar PV system installed on my house in November 2006 by Akeena Solar.
Like John, I also have a home produced web-based monitor:
Since installation I've been focusing on reducing energy use in my home (yes, I
know you are supposed to do the energy reductions first so you can buy a smaller
PV array :-) This year I was a net producer of power for May->August.
I still have
a long way to go before my annual power usage gets to zero though.
My biggest single saving was ditching my cable box and TiVo (40W each 24x7) and
replacing them with AT&T U-verse (set-top box only uses 13W when idle). Possible
next target may be the refrigerator (~10 years old) ... especially if
the rumours of
a cash-for-clunkers like program for appliances turn to reality.
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