Saturday, March 1, 2008

This house is too electric.

Right now this house is extremely dependent on electricity.  This is not very resilient.  Grid go down, me gotta leave town.  It would be a good idea over time to work on delectrifying it.  My take on its current situation:

Derogated electric uses:
  • Backup space heat
  • Septic line de-icing cable
  • Domestic water heat
  • Well pump
  • Dryer
  • Stove
Acceptable electric uses:
  • Hydronic circulation pump
  • Washer
  • Mood lighting
  • DJ sound system, disco ball
  • Internet, Tivo
  • Blender
  • Fridge
  • Microwave
  • Toaster
  • Coffeepot
The reason this place ended up so electric, I surmise, is the usual one - haste.  It was the quickest way to grab stuff off the shelf and get it functioning.  

The space heat and water heat situation should be improved when Redbeard gets the solar water heat hooked up in April (although now I think about it he did not say which April.)  We hope to abandon the too-shallow septic line as Pigpen gets some greywater wizardry in place.

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