All the parts and pieces finally fell into place for us to setup our Chest Freezer as a Fridge. For those new to this thread, we had purchased a new Energy Star Chest Freezer from Lowes, an external Thermostat Control from Amazon, and put them together to have a super-efficient refrigerator. We hooked the thermostat … Continue reading First Days with the Chest Freezer as Fridge
Well, after nearly four months of waiting, our hens have begun to lay eggs! At the moment, 2 of 10 hens are laying eggs on a daily basis. We purchased them as 6-week old pullets and have been patiently waiting since then for the day when we could begin to collect eggs from the hen … Continue reading Eggs at Last!
Several weeks ago, we noticed that despite our efforts up til that point (ie. a four foot fence), that deer were still gaining access to one of our gardens. They were unfortunately helping themselves to the green leaves of our beets which ended up making the yield lower. When they tired of beets, they moved … Continue reading Keeping the deer out of the garden – and people too!
We're Saving About $135/yr As I've been researching ways to reduce power consumption, I've been measuring the annual power use of each appliance in my house (see my post on the Kill-A-Watt for details). When I measured my refrigerator, I found that it used 2.17 Kwh in just 13:22. That means that at our average … Continue reading Reduce Refrigeration Power Consumption up to 95%!
Like most people, I used to spend much time cursing the senders of junk mail under my breath as I journey back from my mailbox. That is, until I realized the value of junk mail as a gardener. Junk mail is primarily paper. Paper is a carbon, and carbon my friend is a key ingredient … Continue reading Why I love Junkmail!
I spent some time today using our utility company's online self-help portal to determine some areas of cost saving measures. Without a doubt, heating and cooling is the #1 area of energy use in our home - and probably most homes. Some of their tools show a savings of up to 20% by fixing areas … Continue reading Audit Heat/Cooling Loss to save up to 20% on heating and cooling cost?
A few months ago, I purchased a P3 International P4460 Kill A Watt EZ Electricity Usage Monitor! This nifty device allows you to see what kind of electricity your plugged-in appliances use. Simply plug the Kill-A-Watt into the your outlet and your appliance into the Kill-A-Watt and let it sit. It will show you the … Continue reading Audit your own electricity usage for $35
Recently, one of our showerheads broke. In shopping for a new one, I wanted to find a new showerhead that met several criteria: Affordable (no $100 showerheads for our family!) Energy Efficient (water conservation saves water and heating energy) Flexible - I am a tall guy, and we also have little ones. We need something … Continue reading Money and Water Saving Showerheads