How Professor Hubert J. Farnsworth Helped Me Repair Our Clothes Dryer

Good News Everyone! A long time ago on an episode of Futurama Professor Hubert J. Farnsworth invented a Finglonger, a simple binary one bit mechanical device with, obviously, two possible states. In one case, we’ll call it a space or zero, the Finglonger is open. When the operator applies sufficient squeezing mechanical energy to the […]

As Spring Proceeds SoCalEd Still Owes Us Money

We’re well into spring now in the middle of April, and although the balance SoCalEd owes us did go down during the winter, they do still owe us money. We will settle up with them after our billing year ends in June, and based on current data it looks like they could owe us over […]

Mid-Winter Update on Solar Power

We had some actual, much needed rain in December 2014, so power generation was reduced. Obviously the shorter days and lower sun angle also reduce solar power production in the winter. We’ve had our mid-December to mid-January bill, and so far we still have a credit with SoCalEd. It’s pretty much as expected, no cause […]

Solar Electric Update As Winter Approaches

During the long, sunny days of summer when we produce much more energy than we consume our electric bill goes negative as Southern California Edison pays us for excess power applied to the grid. But as winter approaches the days start getting shorter and shorter, and we inevitably start using more power than we produce. […]

Eight Months Driving an Electric Car

In a few more days our Chevrolet Spark EV battery electric vehicle will be 8 months old. By now I’m very used to the car and there has been enough time for its flaws to bother me and its strong points to become apparent. I’ve learned how to hyper-mile in it, and have gotten the […]

Solar Gadget Charger Update

Here is an update on my home made solar gadget charger. A new voltmeter is on its way, expected to have greater brightness in mid-day sun. Meanwhile the professional solar installation on our roof is producing over 100kWh daily at this long day time of year. It’s all good.

Home Made Solar Motion Floodlights and Gadget Charger

Using found materials whenever possible, I have cobbled together various bits to make a solar powered gadget charging station with two motion detecting floodlights. It’s a very unimportant project, but it keeps me from playing in the middle of the street. The metal box was originally a sonar fish finder left behind on our property, […]

Geeks Sell 371 kWh to SoCalEd in Mid-April to Mid-May Period

For our last SCE billing period we produced an excess of 12.79 kWh per day, on average, resulting in SoCalEd owing us $250 for the month. This reduced our ongoing annual bill to less than $700. On the graphic you’ll note a red triangle on May 11, that was an extended power outage caused by […]

Three Month User Report on Chevy Spark EV

It has been 3 months and 3 days since we bought our Chevrolet Spark EV. Here is an update on the car, with some details on the impact of an electric vehicle on our electric bill. I love this car so much that I treated it to a vanity plate. So far it still does […]