Power Reduction &

Renewable Energy

Project notes, experiments, and developments.


Reduce – It’s the 1st R for a reason

Reducing Power & Water Usage

Energy is one of the prime contributors to greenhouse gasses. Whether it’s methane to heat homes, fossil fuel power plants, or burning gas engines in cars, lawnmowers, and recreational vehicles, this is one area where large-scale personal action can have significant effects.

With water scarcity becoming an increased concern as well, it’s just as important to reduce the overuse of this precious resource. Additionally, water treatment plants contribute to power usage and greenhouse gasses. That makes this an important metric as well.

Downsized: Single-Family Home to Apartment

Last May we downsized from a detached, single-family home to a smaller apartment. While there are benefits, this poses new challenges as well.

Tracking Utility Data: See changes to make changes

Someday, I dream of driving an electric vehicle and having solar panels generating clean energy on the roof of my house. These are some great goals, but it's essential to be realistic about the changes you can make today and the ones needed to make those dreams come...

Power Generation

Every other day, it feels like I have to search for another power outlet to keep some gadget charged and ready to go. Power generation & home heating are significant issues that need to be addressed swiftly. Sooner, rather than later if we're to have any chance at...
Generate your own power.

Renewable power, you can feel it.

The heat of the sun on your face.

The chill of the wind on your back.

This is a source of renewable power, begging to offset some (or all) of your power use. You don’t need giant panels and turbines to make a difference.

Automation, sensors, savings.

Smart Homes save power & time.

My kids are always leaving lights on, but built-in motion sensors can automate & turn them off when they aren’t needed. Smart thermostats learn your living patterns, turning down the heat & air conditioning when it isn’t needed. Smart plugs can regulate grow lights, or extend your phone’s battery life by ensuring the charge stays between 20-80% until shortly before you get up in the morning.

While smart homes may seem like a nice convenience, they can work with you to reduce power use, increase plant growth, and free up your time.

Smart Home: Why create one?

A smart home often starts by choosing a bulb, TV, or voice assistant, but before taking the plunge, it’s important to ask why and plan ahead.

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