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December utility bill, snow, snow, snow, and animal husbandry in a frozen tundra

Our December utility bill (covering mid November to mid December) shows our best energy reduction results so far. Our daily average K HW usage for electricity was down 17%.  Our daily average THRM usage for natural gas was down 34%.  There are two primary reasons for … Continue reading

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Photo album: Greenhouse in November, peppers, mache, lettuce, grow lights, and more

We finished building the main greenhouse structure and the beds within the greenhouse in early September. We didn’t actually finish the project, however, and likely won’t finish it until next spring or summer.  First, we have some automatically opening vents … Continue reading

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Here comes the rain: Barrels, clotheslines, firing up the furnace, and chocolate zucchini bread

Summer in Seattle is short and can end abruptly.  In the last week, we’ve gone from days in the 80s to barely hitting 60, with lots of rain to boot. The change in weather has impact on many aspects of … Continue reading

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School days (and carpooling woes), more chickens, and lettuce success

With the start of school, our effort to carpool is falling apart. Previously, our two kids attended the same school. This made it very easy for Derek and I to drop them off at their school and then head to … Continue reading

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