The Grid of the Future

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Today we’re going to talk about the grid of the future. I was at. Actually over the past year I’ve been at several power generation conferences where I’ve had conversations with people from companies like Duke Energy Southern Company which owns Alabama and Georgia Power Mississippi Power and Gulf Power. And let’s see who else…Ameren over in the Midwest. I don’t deal with the ones out west very much. Dynegy and Luminant over in Texas all of these guys are saying the same thing the grid of the future is coming and it’s going to look a lot different than what we have right now. And it’s going to surprise a lot of people how different that it is.  Continue reading “The Grid of the Future”

Hack My Solar Summer Update – Living off grid in the Summer

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Thanks for joining us today as we give a brief rundown of where the homestead is here in the Summer and what our plans going into the Fall will be. We have focused on “Zone 1” for all you permies out there and are very pleased with the results of the new Aquaponics system. That being said our rainfall through this hottest portion of the year has been pretty abysmal so Operation green front yard has not gone as well as planned. I am pleased to say that our need to run the AC units has been very low this year, reducing the amount of time we may have otherwise needed to run the Generator. All that being said our batteries are nearing the end of their life cycle after 6 years hard time on the homestead. As always, shoot us an email at shawn@hackmysolar.com with any questions you may have. Anyone interested in consulting work please visit our

Holistic View of Energy Use in the Household-Part 2

Today we’re going to finish up the conversation we started yesterday about taking a Holistic View of Energy Use in the Household and reduction of that use where possible. We really hit on the big topics yesterday. And so I’m not going to do any deeper dive into those. Those are the areas where you’re using the most of your energy right now. And so therefore they provide the easiest opportunity to put plans in place to reduce that use. But some of the things they’re going to talk about today as we finish up the conversation is going to be water usage insulation and windows. Continue reading “Holistic View of Energy Use in the Household-Part 2”