• It’s warming up so we didn’t use the heat last night and my battery lasted through morning πŸŽ‰
  • Bookmark of The Electric Shuffle

    I can make some of my own electricity at home, but I can’t make my own gas. My point here is there are ways ordinary people can switch to healthier non gas cooking at a reasonable price point without engaging in institutional drama or politics.
    As much as I hate my gas-stove for all of the reasons listed in the article and want to replace it – $3,000 or so (including upgrading electric in the kitchen) is a bit much right now. However, they make a good point about using smaller appliances to fill the gap. One could even use portal batteries / solar arrays to charge and cook off of them entirely off grid. Clever.

    I reckon I could replace the majority of my gas range usage with a little portable 1 or 2 burner IH cooktop. When combined with my slow-cooker I bet we wouldn't even need to use the gas range at all...a $75 - $150 fix instead of a $3,000 fix to reduce carbon emissions and improve indoor air quality. Seems reasonable to me. They even make some with legs so they could fit in place of / over your gas range.
  • Seeing the future

    When I was considering joining Kraken my major motivation was wanting to actively work in an organization that's combating climate change. Especially with a young son, it felt irresponsible to be so worried about something and yet not actively doing anything about it.

    One of the unique things about Kraken, besides the people, is that it's not just a software company. It's part of a larger group of companies that are all addressing different aspects of the energy transition.

    Parts of the group are working on grid flexibility. Others are working on electrifying households with solar panels, heatpumps (installation and manufacturing), and EVs. And others are building and managing wind farms and solar farms.

    And on the inside you can see the work of the entire group, the work of the energy transition, all happeningΒ  at pace. All deploying their part of the solution. It's so very clear that all of this is the future.

    When you can see the future like this, a future with clean air generated with an abundance of clean electricity used intelligently, you can't help but be motivated to show up and do your part to make it a reality everywhere.

    It's like being part of a solarpunk story, but it's not fiction. If this sounds interesting to you, we're hiring worldwide. I'm happy to answer questions as well, so email or @ me on Mastodon.
  • First billing cycle with solar

    First month/billing period for my #electricity after #solar #pv install completed!Β 

    My solar/monitoring wasn't installed or active until 3 days into the billing period, Oct. 15 - Nov 14th, so there's not 100% overlap.

    Total Generation 282 kWh
    Consumption hasn't changed much 283kWh (2021) vs 290.3 kWh (2022).

    Bought: 119 kWh
    Sold:Β  Β  Β  Β  87 kWh
    Net:Β  Β  Β  Β  Β  32 kWh

  • Sunbottle is on its final domain, solar.jamesvandyne.com. I've also open sourced it, but it needs more work before it's ready for others to use.
  • ⚑️I’m amazed. Even on this mostly cloudy day it looks with my small panels and small battery (which I didn’t even fill up) will get us to over 80% self-sufficient electric.Β 

    Caveat being it wasn’t super cold today and we still cook / heat water with gas, but better than expected. Can’t wait for the first full sunny day.Β 
  • My house is now putting green electrons into the gridΒ  (when it’s not using or storing them) πŸ˜€βš‘οΈ. Kinda cloudy today, though.
  • I originally learned about Nude Foods in this video about shopping plastic free. I wish we had one here in Yokohama. So. Much. Plastic.
  • Bookmark of Quitting single-use plastic in Japan

    Japan is one of the world's biggest plastic waste producers, thanks to its love of packaging - but a week of going plastic-free in Tokyo reveals surprising solutions.
    As they say in Japan, eco(logial) means it's only wrapped in plastic twice.
  • The Inflation Reduction Act passed. It actually passed. Do I wish it was stronger on climate? Absolutely. Is it a giant step in the correct direction? Absolutely. $370 billion in spending on energy and climate change is a BFD. Great job, Dems!
    The frontpage of the NY Times
1 of 5 Next