Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Life Style Change

When I decided to buy an EV, it was primarily based on reducing my carbon footprint. I ran the numbers and found that the more expensive EV, plus cheap and free electricity would cost less than a comparable gasoline car plus gas, plus oil changes in just over 3 years. 

When I got my EV, I immediately began saving money on fuel. Then came the rebates. I took the rebates and tax savings and bought an EV charger, more efficient appliances, LED light bulbs, and an induction stove.

Even though my electricity went up from having an EV, I started saving money on electricity because of the efficiency upgrades. Then my wife got her EV.

With all these savings, I took my pond pump off the house electricity and bought a DC pump and powered it with a 135watt solar panel, saving me 400kwh/month.

Seeing the simplicity and carbon reduction, I took the plunge and got solar for my house.

Sufficed to say, buying an EV started a process that snowballed into a money saving (and carbon saving) life style change for myself, wife, and two kids that will eventually change the world for the better.

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Lawn to Garden

Converting our front lawn to a lava rock garden with tan decomposed granite walking paths, punctuated with waterwise plants in pots.

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Sunday, March 20, 2016

Spring Cleaning

The Vernal Equinox is here and my kids are reusing free chairs. Paint always helps.

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Sunday, August 23, 2015

Monday, June 22, 2015

Vegetable Garden with Succulent Accents

I finally cleaned out the raised garden and we planted artichokes and cucumbers. Succulents guard the corners and a row along the front, all with red lava rock.

Monday, April 20, 2015

Reused Pallet for Planter

Found a used pallet, wanted to reuse it so:

- Moved the slats to one side
- Made a 4" channel on the top.
- Inserted recycled corn weed block
- Planted zone 9 drought resistant succulents.

I need to replace about 5 bad slats plus 6 more for two shelves on the back, so one and a half pallets would make one planter, depending on the quality of the wood.

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Moar Solar

Satellite image of our solar before our neighbors got solar too.