2015 06 29: today the energy usage and consumption are plotted in the figure, which was generated by sitesage energy monitors and the sitesage website.
the huge spikes in energy consumption are caused by the point of use hot water heaters. they use very high energy until hot water reaches them from the solar hot water heater. it was a high usage day because the washer and dryer were used for most of the evening. on the other hand the heat pump use was a bit below normal because it was relatively cool.
2015 06 29 energy usage and consumption
2015 06 27: today jeremiah and i almost completed insulating the shed with roxul mineral wool. the shed is being insulated because water treatment tanks will be placed in it; and i do not want them to freeze this coming winter.
2015 06 23: today jeremiah and i sealed the majority of electrical outlet boxes so that they would not leak air. this is the start of the remediation to reduce air leakage in the house. at present the house leaks more air than allowed by the passive house standard.
we take the covers off of the boxes and caulk where the wire enters the box and any other hole in the box. then we caulk between the box and the wall board.
i was surprised by how fast this went.
2015 06 22: today i placed the wiring for the baseboard heater that will go into the shed. the shed needs heat because it will soon contain treatment tanks for the well water.
2015 06 20: today i pulled weeds from the rain garden and cared for the tomato plants in the vegetable garden.
i also added a section to home owner manual. it was on the servicing of the urinal. the manual is required by both LEED and LBC.
2015 06 20: the house is equipped with a system to monitor its electrical energy usage. all the circuits are monitored.
today jeremiah and i worked on finishing the installation. to this time, there were no monitors for the solar arrays or for the circuits from the garage’s breaker box. now they are installed.
2015 06 13: jeremiah spent the day sealing the shed’s air leaks. i spent the day working on moving an electrical box in the shed. this is to make the box look nice when the wall board goes over the insulation.
2015 06 10: jeff wolfram, a professional photographer, and miche booz came by this evening for a photo shoot. the pictures will first be used by miche when he seeks an AIA Maryland Award for the house. very exciting.
less exciting is that i removed and replaced a cartridge in one of the waterless urinals.
i also cleaned the tape and removed the tarps remaining from yesterday’s door paint job.
2015 06 09: the plumber fixed a leak in the hallway bathroom. the tub drain was improperly sealed. jeremiah and i painted the interior of the exterior doors the same color as the walls.
as is usual, we collected all of the cardboard, quite a bit of cardboard, that ikea used to package the sofa. we set it curbside for pick up for re-cycling tomorrow morning.
2015 06 08: discovered a water leak near the hallway bathroom. prepared the exterior doors for painting on the inside. at the suggestion of the architect, jeremiah and i will paint them the same color as the walls.