So way back in 2010, I reviewed the Coleman Rugged Rechargeable Full-Size Lantern with U-shaped Fluorescent Bulb (Model 2000000867) . My main complaint was that the light it gave was a really horrid blue color. As the years have passed, I’ve come to associate that color with emergencies, stress, and wretchedness. Last week, the power went out,Continue reading “Replacement bulb for Coleman lantern”
Hi, folks! We recently went through a 3-day power outage, and I wanted to share some notes on things that worked and things that would have made the whole thing easier. Worked really well Wood stove for heat, as per usual. House was normal temp throughout. Water barrels and this hand pump (OEMTOOLS 24472 FluidContinue reading “Power outage lessons learned”
I continue to be thrilled by how energy-efficient (or really, carbon-efficient) the new house is! In the summer, we only needed air conditioning in July (when it was over 100 for several days, and over 80 at night, and we hadn’t sealed off the sunroom well yet). In winter, we have only run the propaneContinue reading “New house = super energy-efficient!”
We have a big bathtub, a standard bathtub, 1.85 gpm showers, and a sauna. When I’m feeling the need to soak my body in some serious heat over the winter, which is the most eco-friendly choice*? Assumptions: Showerhead: 1.85 gpm x 15 min = 27.75 gallons Standard bathtub, waist-deep: 20 gallons water Non-jetted spa-size tubContinue reading “Which is greenest? Shower, bath, or sauna?”
The first six months at the new house have been interesting in terms of energy use. Overall, we’re holding steady at about 1450lb/mo – on track for 4 tonne/person this year. Though winter’s coming up, and that’s likely to skew the trend upward due to winter heating. Electrical usage went down almost exactly what IContinue reading “Carbon production at the new house”
We had an energy audit done in November. It was quite useful – moreso than I’d really expected. We were able to determine that the vents to the rock pile constitute about 1/3 of all the air infiltration to the house – even with the steps we’d taken to block the drafts. I could alsoContinue reading “Energy audit”
Ok – I totally, TOTALLY want a Chinese wheelbarrow now! Especially if I’m going to need to schlep yards of dirt into my new garden…down a narrow, winding path on a hill. How to downsize a transport network: the Chinese wheelbarrow | Energy Bulletin.
Though we probably do less laundry than most households, we do wash a fair number of towels. My husband is a champion exerciser, and a clean towel is a must every three days or so. The towels we bought shortly after college are starting to wear out, and several of our newer towels have aContinue reading “Lower energy towels”
Anyone know a way to reduce humidity in a house besides using the A/C? It’s only about 73 in the house these days but it’s so humid you can hardly breathe. It’s worse outside, and hotter, to boot. Anyone have any brilliant ideas?
As I’ve been doing the last few years, I tracked our propane usage this year. It was a rather nasty surprise. We used more this year than last year, despite getting some new windows, a new patio door, and switching from heating the living room to only heating the “library” a couple times a week.Continue reading “Propane mystery and comparison of heating fuel saving measures”