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In Malaysia and trip goes over the weekend... Fortunately staying at a really nice place.

They have had a jazz band the last few days which is fun but I think I've got. A lifetime of "girl from Ipanema"
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My grandfather (Gonzaga '29 graduate) went to basketball & football games his senior year.  

A season pass cost him $10 and he got ticket # 686

#gozags   #gonzaga  
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FInally the hat trick in my epic comparison of utilties pre & post remodel.  This time up Gas!

I've reported this before that the nest made a dramatic improvement in gas usage so this one is complicated.  It has three colors indicating data before nest (blue) data with nest but before remodel (Red) and finally data with nest & remodel

Honestly this is the least insightful of the data -- basically to my eye, given the small data, not much has changed.  Yes it looks like I had a very low December but I'm not convinced that means much of anything.,

Don't get me wrong -- it could, among other things the contractor improved the doors to remove leaky gaps, we replaced our old range with a new one (the old one often had cool air streaming out of the vent) and we added a gas fireplace.

The gas fireplace would, I thought, make usage go up but perhaps it's effect is small since we are now heating more often a smaller space we care about as opposed to the entire house.  Either way not much to see here except for the nest continues to rock and the remodel didn't seem to make anything worse (possibly better but hard to see)

Just to be clear -- I don't plan on sharing cable bills, etc.  I think this is the end of metered services comparison

A final note -- This is easy to do -- for the Gas & Electric I downloaded from PGE in handy CSV format... Couldn't be easier.  For the water I had to ask the City to get some historical data (it tooks a few days but was easy enough)
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It supposedly plays well in multi zones and they do some kind of
co-ordinatinon in an intelligent fashion... I don't have such a house so I
can't speak to it (we have two stories but only one zone)

Honestly it's an amazingly great investment and has paid for itself easily
by now (of course as long as you avoid throwing your back out during
installation #mattsmith )
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fun -- wish I could afford one
 
New fan-made video shows what acceleration in all-wheel drive Model S P85D feels like.
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I'm really starting to think about replacing all of my wemo switches.  I have a surprising number partially because I acquired several from my brother in a swap.

I borrowed an IR camera from work this weekend to do a home energy audit and what amazed me was how warm the wemo switches get -- this is for the in wall one (but I have several plug in ones also) and they all light up brightly.

I plugged one of my spares into a kill-a-watt and it consumes 1W of standby power even when nothing is attached.

Yes, I know a watt isn't a lot but here in california the highest rate tier for electricity (which I always seem to end up in) in $0.32/kwhr -- That means I'm paying 1*30*24/1000*0.32=$0.23 per month for each switch

compare that to the lutron switches - I scanned my wall mount ones on the IR camera and it barely registers. I also have a plugin in lutron module and with the power off the kill-a-watt register 0 (I'm sure there is some power but it's well less than  a watt)

The lutron module can also dim so it actually has MORE functionality (and integrates with my Wink hub)

I know that California has horrible energy costs so for most people it will be maybe $0.05 or $0.10 per month it's the thought that drives me crazy.

#wemo   #lutron   #winkapp   #homeautomation   #smarthome  
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Wow that's amazing! Thanks for the information. +Leo V​
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Finally.... Someone's has developed a 24 port hub
 
#DailyDeal : 15% off 24-Port USB 2.0 HUB w/ AC Adapter for only $39.99 → http://goo.gl/fCb4Qh

You'll never run out of available USB ports with this 24-port USB Hub from Monoprice!
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I purchased one of these TV's a few months back -- So far I've been very happy with how it's performed.

Nice write up about it on the verge

http://www.theverge.com/2015/2/18/8061391/vizio-p-series-review-4k-tv
There are two things you should know before buying a TV in 2015: you should only buy a 4K TV, and there is barely any 4K content you can watch on it right now. That sounds insane, but right now...
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Another pre & post remodel comparison -- this time up, Electrical!

As part of the remodel effectively every light in the house got replaced with LED lighting..  The major appliances also got  replaced but that was about it.

I did one other 'big' thing with the remodel -- I installed a whole-house fan.  It blows air into the attic on hot days to cool the house down and work really, really well with our cool nights here in Sonoma County (at a small fraction of air conditioning)

Having said that I didn't expect this much of a decrease..  Again you can sort of ignore July, August as we were not living in the house (more or less) but starting in September the data starts to get real and certainly Oct-Jan is very real data.

It looks like I am at new historical lows based on 5 years of data in terms of electric use.

For what it's worth electricity runs about $0.22/kwhr for me so I figure I'm saving about $50/month on electric.

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I felt bad because my Garage is so messy recently -- Then I saw this and didn't feel that bad....
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Matt really should put forth a little more effort...
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We remodeled our entire house over the summer -- This included, among other things, all new bathrooms & kitchen and major appliances.

Since we touched literally everything that effects water usage I was curious if I would see any changes... Since all new toilets & fixtures are low flow and the new  clothes & dishwasher tout water savings I thought I would see some improvements.

What surprised me was just how much of an improvement I saw.   This picture shows a composite of my last 10 years of water usage.  You can see the seasonal summer usage for watering plants and even though it's perhaps too early to make some wild declaration of success it seems like all of the new appliances, toilets & fixtures do make a measurable difference.

This last December was the lowest water usage we have ever had in this house.... The previous month was almost the lowest to date and September was the lowest September to date.

This is for a family of 4 (two adults & two boys age 13 & 10).  

I attribute the savings mostly to two items.

1) New washing maching -- The old one was horrible, filling up multiple times per cycle.  The new front loader is amazingly effecient at water usage.
2) New low flow toilets.  We got the dual flush model (two buttons, a one gallon flush and 1.6 gallon flush).  Previously I think we were at 4 gallons per flush.
3) Low flow fixtures.  For the most part we haven't seen much downside to them but I think it helps use less water.


Exciting stuff....
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I'd be interested in seeing overlays of electrical and/or gas usage and/or weather data.  Our gas usage dropped a fair bit as a result of the washing machine change too since we have a gas hot water heater.  Showers and laundry tend to be the highest consumers of hot water.

The other area where we made a big dent in water usage was landscaping.  We didn't have to go xeriscape/SW rock garden either.  We simply replaced the unsightly lawn in back with hardscape and a deck and finally took out the scraggly patch of lawn in front that surrounded a mature redwood tree. 

Looks more natural and basically took both lawns out of the equation at the same time.  Timers and drippers for the rest of the landscaping.

Lawn elimination can be a huge factor, but can be a hard sell sometimes-- SWMBO, CCRs, etc.
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I've been semi-obsessed with the serial podcast -- this is a great SNL parody of it.
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Yeah,where is that DNA evidence?.. Ron was pretty fishy but so was the guy, the janitor, who found her.  
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