Season Wrap-Up

Well, that was a pretty intense winter.  We had record cold (coldest February on record), near-record snows, multiple blizzards, a firewood shortage… there wasn’t much time between the shoveling and ice-dam mitigation missions to sit down and type.  Also, I went skiing for a while.

But it seems to be over now.  We had tonight what will likely be the last fire of the year, so I pulled up the datalogger data for the winter to see where things settled out.  I was a little late in getting the logger running at the start of the season… but here is the graph, from December 2 to today:


The average temp for this winter was… 54.6ºF — which is 0.1º colder than last winter!  Standard deviation = 5.0º.  The maximum temp was 71.0º (house sitter, who had fully permission to make herself comfortable : )  Minimum temp = 41.1º.  So, all in all, pretty consistent with winters past.

But, this may be the last year of wood-only heat.  Certain residents are strongly requesting that we get a “real” heating system, and, coincidently, the natural gas company is bringing a line down our street this summer.  We are looking at various other options (pellet boilers, mini-splits, nuclear) but one way or another by next winter we will probably have something that operates with one of those new-fangled “thermo-stats” that you hear about.  Still, it’s my plan to keep using cordwood as the primary.

Meanwhile, in other efforts towards sustainability– a solar PV array went up on the garage roof earlier this week:IMG_2083_2

Yesterday it cranked out 28 kWh, which I was pretty pleased with.  Today was rainy and cloudy, so only 14.  I’m hoping for a year-round average of at least 16 kWh/day, to make this worthwhile.  We shall see…

One Response to “Season Wrap-Up”

  1. Keith Schroeder Says:

    Love your blog. Look forward to more on the solar array.

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