Stuff and Tingz

Hey hows it going?

Great.. good.. really?.. Good.. aha.. Awesome.. Me?

The new role is.. challenging.. I’m starting to get my head around it but still have some stuff that is frankly disturbing.

What else.. Hmm.. The caravan’s have finally gone, and the containers are in there final resting place, well until the next move at any rate.

I’ve finally got the server sorted and the solar panels are keeping us off grid for most of the day (going on grid from about 11pm until about 6am atm), although with some extra batteries we should be looking to go off grid all day, at least during the summer months. Our electric bill has gone from 70-80 a month to 18-20 and the panels are generating approx 120 a quarter (in the summer) so we are making a small amount right now, however it was never the intent to make money more to save.

I’ve learnt a few things here and for the next place I’m going to have a GSHP with underfloor heating, solar collectors as well as 10-25KW of Panels and a 7-10Kw battery pack. Possibly a generator backup as well, depending how far away we are from a stable grid connection.

I’m possibly going to try and embed the place into the ground in some way to increase the thermal efficiency of the place..

In other ideas are a large Garage, fully insulated and again with underfloor heating, above that storage accessible via stairs, a room in the new place for the office and a base for the containers to go onto.. Possibly with one buried (yes with supporting walls not just buried 😉 ) and the other on top.

Had some plans put in again for the land behind us.. three houses, in the region of over 300k as a sustainable planning application.. yeah.. great last year the plans were turned down because it is not near enough to any other places and classed as arable land.. so they just stuck the application in again and said that as there are plans for 50 in the town and another five in the center they should be allowed to do this.. even though they admit no one wants to build those places that have the planning consent! Probably because no one here can afford them.

Amazing how when I was younger I had plenty of time and no money now I have the opposite and find myself time poor.. It’s pretty shocking when you come to the conclusion that you just can’t afford to spend time doing simple stuff like building a ramp for the container.. I enjoyed it but.. it also felt as if I wasted a day doing it.. *sigh*

I find myself starting stuff and finishing again shortly afterward pondering why I’m bothering at times.. *sigh*..

Oh must tell you about exercise.. yes i’m still doing it but.. I’m now doing an hour on the cycle machine do dar as running was knackering my knees.. Although I hope to give that another go this weekend as I felt great afterwards.. Well util my knees hurt anyway 😛

So yeah.. Oh and I’m only on twitter now Facebook lost its charm when it was just all adverts and crap.. ho hum

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