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  • We're net positive again in 2017!

    We used 7,198 kWh and generated 7,966 kWh for a net of 769 kWh for the year.

    2016 was our second highest net energy surplus year after 2012 and our highest solar generation year.

    2017 was our second lowest net energy surplus year after 2014 and our lowest solar generation year over the last 6 years. We had a lot of cloudy days and snow covered panels.

    Q4 2017 summary: 2% colder, 7% more usage and 5% more sun as compared to Q4 2016.

    In Q4 our total usage was 2,022 kWh, a 7% increase from our 1,890 kWh in 2016. We also generated 65 kWh more solar.

    Overall, here’s how this quarter and the year compare.

    Charts comparing Q4 and YOY usage, solar and HDD
    Charts comparing Q4 and YOY usage, solar and HDD
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  • Third quarter 2017 performance

    Q3 2017 summary: 33% cooler, 9% more usage and 7% less sun as compared to Q3 2016.

    Nothing exciting to report, which is normal for 3rd quarters.

    At 1pm on July 17th we became net positive for the year. As of the end of September, we have a surplus of 1,326 kWh heading into the final months of 2017. That’s about 574 less kWhs than last year at this time. Overall for the year, our solar production is down about 13%.

    Overall, here’s how this quarter compared to 2016.

    Chart showing usage, solar, net and hdd
    Chart showing usage, solar, net and hdd
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  • Second quarter 2017 performance

    Q2 2017 summary: 15% warmer, 1% less usage and 15% less sun (412 kWh) as compared to Q2 2016.

    Overall, here’s how this quarter compared to 2016.

    Chart showing usage, solar, net and hdd
    Chart showing usage, solar, net and hdd
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  • First quarter 2017 performance

    Q1 2017 summary: 3% colder, 6% more usage and 20% less sun as compared to Q1 2016.

    I’ll say it, it was a whacky winter. Lots of cold days, but also lots of warm days. It would be warm for a week or two, the ground would thaw, then we’d get snow.

    We recorded a low of 3.3, quite a bit warmer than the -17.3°F  last year’s low. Our high was 73.6, less than the 78.5°F last year. In 2012  we recorded a high of 82.4°F in the same period.

    Overall, here’s how this quarter compared to 2016.

    Q1 Comparison
    Q1 Comparison
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  • We're net positive again in 2016!

    We used 6,837 kWh and generated 8,910 kWh for a net of 2,073 kWh for the year.

    This is our second highest net energy surplus year after 2012 and our highest solar generation year.

    Q4 2016 summary: 24% colder, 38% more usage and 17% less sun as compared to Q4 2015.

    In Q4 our total usage was 1,890 kWh, a 38% increase from our 1,368 kWh in 2015. We also generated 281 kWh less solar.

    Overall, here’s how this quarter and the year compare.

    Charts comparing Q4 and YOY usage, solar and HDD
    Charts comparing Q4 and YOY usage, solar and HDD
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  • 38,323 hours of solar and usage data visualization

    Solar and usage data visualization
    Solar and usage data visualization
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  • Third quarter 2016 performance

    Q3 2016 summary: 10% cooler, 3% less usage and about the same amount of sun as compared to Q3 2015.

    Nothing exciting to report, which is normal for 3rd quarters.

    At 7am on May 31st we became net positive for the year. As of the end of September, we have a surplus of 1,900 kWh heading into the final months of 2016.

    Overall, here’s how this quarter compared to 2015.

    Chart showing usage, solar, net and hdd
    Chart showing usage, solar, net and hdd
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  • Second quarter 2016 performance

    Q2 2016 summary: 23% cooler, 8% less usage and 11kWh more sun as compared to Q2 2015.

    Overall, here’s how this quarter compared to 2015.

    Chart showing usage, solar, net and hdd
    Chart showing usage, solar, net and hdd
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  • Paul Rothenstein inspired sketches

    We spent a few hours yesterday with local artist Paul Rothenstein at a LARAC Latham Gallery workshop in Glens Falls, NY, where he’s currently showing some of his work. His current work features a rich layering of repetitive grids inked by hand on paper. One of his techniques that I particularly enjoyed was the use of a white gel ink to re-write parts of the composition.

    We talked about his process and did some sketching. At home I decided to try some computational sketching. I shifted to white grids on black. My grids are randomly generated. Size, number of columns, number of rows, obliqueness and rotation are all randomly generated and drawn. I’m also using the rewrite technique similar to Paul’s hand drawn technique. Below are some of my favorite outcomes. It’s also fun to watch it build.

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    paul.2016416204543
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  • First quarter 2016 performance

    Q1 2016 summary: 26% warmer, 21% less usage and 33% more sun as compared to Q1 2015.

    Although it seemed a lot warmer this winter, 1,023 less heating degree days than Q1 2015, it was still 9% cooler than first quarter 2012 which is the warmest winter since we began recording temperature data.

    Despite it being warmer this winter, we recorded a low of -17.3°F, 1.2 degrees colder than last year’s low. Our high was 78.5°F which was considerably warmer than last year’s high of 52.8, but lower than 2012 when we recorded a high of 82.4°F.

    Overall, here’s how this quarter compared to 2015.

    Chart showing usage, solar, net and hdd for Q1 2016
    Chart showing usage, solar, net and hdd for Q1 2016
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