Friday, March 30, 2012

The Price is Right

Okay, I've got to get these numbers out there.


FINE PRINT THAT I'M MAKING REALLY BIG AND OBNOXIOUS SO YOU CAN SEE IT: 


THIS IS NOT REFLECTIVE OF TYPICAL COST AS THIS SYSTEM WAS GATHERING DUST ON THE SUPPLIER'S SHELF AND HE SOLD IT TO BOB'S SHEET METAL FOR LESS THAN HIS COST AND BOB'S EXTENDED THE SAVINGS TO US.


SEE ABOVE PARAGRAPH AGAIN. 


THIS SYSTEM IS ROUGHLY $3,000 LESS THAN WHAT IT USUALLY WOULD COST. 


THIS DOES NOT INCLUDE THE MOUNTING POLES AS THE HUSBAND HAS TO DECIDE WHAT AND HOW HE WANTS TO DO THIS.


Please go back and read that again because it is very important.

Okay, this isn't perfect but I can't find a "dummy light on the dash" to attach a pdf.


INSTALLATION WHICH INCLUDES:
1 MODEL EOS-S20 COLLECTOR UNIT W/ FRAME 20 TUBE
1 CONTROLLER UNIT EOS-2442
1 HOSE KIT 3/4” AND SOLAR EXPANSION TANK
1 3/4” NPT SOLAR AIR SEPARATOR
1 90 PSI SAFETY RELIEF VALVE
1 BALANCING VALVE W/FLOW METER 1/2-5 GPM SCALE
1 UNION CONNECTION SET
1 GRUNDFOS ALPHA CIRCULATOR PUMP
1 3/4 BALL VALVE PUMP FLANGE KIT
2 5 GALLON PAILS FREEZ-KONTR’L ANTIFREEZE NUCALGON
MISC COPPER PIPING AND FITTING FOR INSTALLATION TO EXISTING SOLAR TANK
PERMIT FEE INCLUDED

$5,377

More thoughts on this the next time our internet connection is limping along sufficiently. 

Thursday, March 22, 2012

We are green and go!

Repeat. Green and go!

Just a quick update as morning chores beckon as the feLIONs start to stir and stalk.

Proposal received, questions and more questions asked and answered, proposal accepted, deposit down, waiting on me and the weather for digging things up. Yay! We're adding an EOS-S20 solar hot water system. And how appropriate that Eos is a Goddess! This Greek Goddess of the Dawn that represents new beginnings rises every morning from the edge of Oceanus, her home, to open the Gates of Heaven so her brother Helios (the Sun) can ride his chariot across the sky. I thought all that goes along very well in my quest for the luxury of a hot bubble bath via the Sun. What could be more goddess-y than a hot bath?

It'll be nice working with Roger, Bob's Sheet Metal, again. Roger's a good guy and Bob's Sheet Metal has been in business for 25 years (at least, don't quote me on that as it could be longer). I think we all understand here how much I appreciate a contractor that doesn't cause me any stress.

I know I promised to post the actual proposal but I'm looking at all of the variables. I need to figure out how to put this together in a more generic, useful way.

That's it for now. Beasts awaiting breakfast.

 

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Some Like it HOT

YAY, SPRINGinginging! Energy - both mine and the Solar on the upswing. Fabulous to be enjoying my favorite Spring things: seeing the ground again, rushing water from the melt off, seasonal stream topped with bobbing, splashing, gabby ducks, hoofed hoodlums (Diesel and Pumpkin) running the property, frog song. However, with Spring comes thoughts of hot water. More specifically, NOT taking cold showers. Unseasonably warm temperatures are making firing either of the masonry heaters completely unnecessary and opening the windows absolutely necessary. I fire the downstairs heater once a day (in the evening after the Sun goes down) just to keep some warm water coming through the shower head. Have I mentioned that I do NOT want to take cold showers this Summer? What to do? What to do? Mike and I had THE talk: Do you want to bring in propane? GASP! While one of our goals is no fossil fuels, I am tempted by visions of candle-lit hot, old farm girl muscle soothing bubble baths. So the weather has stirred and re-prioritized the project list a bit. We stopped by Bob’s Sheet Metal and talked to our buddy, Roger. He’s working on two quotes for us. Mike and I were thinking of changing out our current boiler for one that we could ADD an electric heating element to. In the Summer, our system is in float by 11:00 in the morning. Enough excess solar power to heat water electrically? Emphasis on the question mark. Also, we could sell the current boiler to help offset the cost of the new boiler. However, in working up the quote, Roger’s supplier has some Eos Solar Hot Water parts sitting on a shelf that he’d like to move out. The current boiler is already set-up for Solar Hot Water input. Opportunity knocking? We’re all investigating. It would be easier to open my tightly clenched fist and pull the funds from finger nail impressed palms if I actually KNEW EXACTLY what the production would be. Does Solar Hot Water even work in our climate? We are looking at the evacuated tube panels which are reputed to perform in our wintry climate. Mike’s been googling. There’s an evacuated tube solar hot water system working in Maine for a family of four. It provides for their needs in the Summer; gas assisted in the Winter. No specific temperatures given but we’d have our wood/masonry heaters as back up in the Winter. Sounds promising. Come on, this old farm girl wants to splash like a duck and and soak some aches away....will post the actual quotes as soon as we get them.  

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Another kind of Energy

I haven't been working on any of my projects. Loosing Mars has been really hard on the cabinhold (aka household). Shortly after his death, there was a full moon. With the full moon brings the feLION Full Moon Hunting Party. Mars always went in for the toothless kill about a half hour after the feLIONesses bounced around and patted at the doomed rodent. Without Mars, the feLIONesses hunted all night long. At one point, Fancy got caught in the cross-fire and her ear got clawed. Crap. I finally got Mike up with the sun and he, with the help of the feLIONesses, moved the watt sucking frig around and scooped the rodent up in a cup and covered it with a heavy piece of junk mail. Then, the fearless Husband released the rodent about 300 feet away from the cabin at the edge of our forest. Just a bit of salt for the Missing Mars wound. So, my personal energy has been a bit low. Comes with being bummed out. Low energy has a way of attracting negative energy. Lately, I feel like I've been pelted with negative energy showers repeatedly. Feels icky. Gosh, I hope this doesn't sound too weird. I think we've all experienced the heebie jeebies or the creepies or the ickies. I'm not weird; I'm creative. Oh well, too late now. Anyway. We've been having gorgeous weather. The snow is melting away. The system has been hitting float by noon for at least two weeks. At least the batteries are full of useful energy.With the glorious weather and Equinox fast approaching, I'm starting to feel waves of Spring energy flow. That ought to yank me up by my bootstraps. In the Spirit of Spring and shedding some negative energy, I'm hopping on the Spring Cleaning band wagon. With that, it's a good time to take the Communications Systems down so The Husband can work on it. He's been trying some different things out but it's starts and stops so we're just going to stop for awhile to give him the space to really work on it. I have the last of our worldly possessions from the other house to work on. I'll be back when I've got my energy straightened out. In the meantime, the solar energy is cranking.

Saturday, March 3, 2012

Definitely In like a LION

Here's the Prius in it's little snow cave.

While we've had a really easy Winter, we've had a series of mini-Winter blasts lately bringing in the month of March. Hopefully, out like a lamb. Meanwhile, it's cozy by the fire.

Completely sacked out with tail extended out means it's VERY warm by the fire.

Serious "Nap face."