An Eccentric Anomaly: Houses

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House construction, energy efficiency, etc

Solar Gain?

In my previous post I said I thought solar gain would not be a significant influence on the boiler run time. It's worth checking, though.

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Continuous Heating

A few people I've talked to have suggested that running the heating continuously in a house might actually reduce the amount of oil burned. I was a bit sceptical so decided to do a little science.

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Burning Oil

Oil Use

The house I'm renting has oil-fired central heating. It's a leaky old house so burns quite a lot so I've been playing around with methods of reducing the consumption while still keeping things comfy. I got an oil delivery earlier in the week that provides a good point to check some of my measurements.

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The Front Fell Off

As expected, I took a rest for the less good weather around New Year then got on with putting the window in. tl;dr, I got the window in then it fell out again.

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2018

Looking on the bright side, 2018 has shown that a small wind turbine would be a reasonably reliable source of power for my house.

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Offgrid Fridges

The other day I was asked what I'd be doing about running a fridge off-grid. This was once an interesting question but it's not so much now though the explanation of why is sufficiently involved that I felt the others present might have been less than completely enthralled so I just said “plug it in”. Here's the longer answer.

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Perihelion Review

Another wet and windy day so I've just been doing a little review of where the time's gone on this here house build and thought it'd make a useful reference.

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Laser Level Calibration Check

This evening I went up to the site for the first calm dry evening for a while to use my laser level to mark up the position of the centre stud for the east gable. While there I did a check of the level's idea of horizontal.

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West Gable

It's a windy sunny day and I'm out of jobs to do on windy days so it seems like a good time for an update.

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Gable Start

Still here. Finished the sarking under the floor. Started on the west gable.

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