Category: Energy

Adding interrupt driven automation events

So I now have the new version of the automation software working. I am having reliability problems with one of the Ardiuino locations and I’m not sure if it’s a hardware or software issue.   However, theere is a need…

Internet of Things (IoT) Project-Project Plan

Start with the End in Mind.   Goals Understand the nature of the temperature gradient relative to a heated building with attached enclosed space Notify me when there is a risk of garage stores beverages freezing (and possibly bursting) Notify…

Internet of Things (IoT) Project-Part 1

This project is a work in progress.I’m pretty close to being done with phase 1.   The Project: (The need for knowledge.) From practical experience, I know that the temperature closer to the heated structure is warmer than further away.…

Let it Blow

It’s done. I blew 4-6 inches of cellulose … 23 bags in all. It looks like ¬†snow storm up there.   I learned a few things during blowing: You have to break up the cellulose fed into the blower and…

Documenting what is there.

I Plan on videoing the whole attic before blowing in case I ever need to know where or what something is as it will now be buried under 4 inches of cellulose

Building structures in the attic before blowing insulation

It seems to me that digging through blown cellulose or fiberglass is a nasty job.   There are several things you should consider before blowing insulation 1) Do you plan on adding anything to the floor below ceiling like lights?…

Attic Insulation – Soffit baffles

Over the past month, I did several things in prep of adding insulation to the attic before it gets really cold.   1) I added the soffit baffles. These are plastic trays that are stapled to the underside of the…

New pool pump for energy savings

I’ve recently done a bit of research into saving energy by switching to a better pool pump   Here’s what I learned   Pumps volume varies with speed directly. so 1/2 speed = 1/2 of the water flow Pools need…

Fortifying my Air Handler

Last year, I insulated my attic air handler. Actually, I did it on the top surfaces, and even left some uncovered when I ran out of poly-iso   I recently finished the unfinished part, and then remembered I had not…