Sat. Sep 21st, 2019

Perfect Thunder in the Valley Weekend – Energy profile

  • Vancouver Island Inland Sections Forecast - No watches or warnings in effect.

    Forecast Issued 11:00 AM PDT Saturday 21 September 2019 - Saturday: Cloudy with 60 percent chance of showers. High 19. UV index 2 or low. Saturday night: Rain. Amount 10 to 20 mm. Low 15. Sunday: Rain ending in the morning then mainly cloudy with 60 percent chance of showers. Amount 5 mm. High 18. UV index 3 or moderate. Sunday night: Cloudy periods. Low 11. Monday: Periods of rain. High 14. Monday night: Rain. Low 11. Tuesday: Sunny. High 20. Tuesday night: Clear. Low 10. Wednesday: Cloudy with 60 percent chance of showers. High 15. Wednesday night: Cloudy with 60 percent chance of showers. Low 7. Thursday: A mix of sun and cloud. High 17. Thursday night: Cloudy periods. Low 6. Friday: A mix of sun and cloud. High 16.

  • Current Conditions
    Temperature
    19.5° C
    0.4 ° C/hr
    Barometer
    101.69 kPa
    0.0
    Wind
    SSW 8 km/h
    gusting 16 km/h
    Humidity
    71 %
    Rain Rate
    0.0 mm/hr
    Wind Chill
    19.5° C
    Heat Index
    19.5° C
    Dewpoint
    14.1° C
    UV
    2.3
    Solar
    283 W/m2
    Last Updated: 14:15:00 PDT
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  • Today's Almanac
    Rain since Midnight
    0.0 mm
    Continuous Rainfall (< 24hr gap)
    No Qualifying Rainfall mm
    Civil Rise
    06:31
    Moon Phase
    Last quarter (53% full)
    Civil Set
    19:52
    Day Length
    13:12:14
    Day High
    19.5° C @ 14:13 Tdy.
    Day Low
    13.9° C @ 02:33 Tdy.
    Day High Rain Rate
    0.0mm/hr00:00
    Day High Barometer
    102.04 kPa @ 02:13 Tdy.
    Day Low Barometer
    101.69 kPa @ 14:14 Tdy.
    Day Low Windchill
    13.9° C @ 02:33 Tdy.
    Day High Heat Index
    19.5° C @ 14:13 Tdy.
    Day High Wind Gust
    S 13km/h @ 14:10 Tdy.
    Day High Solar Radiation
    770W/m2 @ 11:41 Tdy.
    Day High UV Index
    4.0 @ 11:41 Tdy.

Thunder in the Valley:

Stock up on the the ice and beverages and get ready for an awesome weekend! Thunder in the Valley is this weekend and it’s going to be hot and beautiful!

It starts on Saturday and runs through Sunday. There is a show and shine at the Harbour Quay too. All the details are at the website linked above.

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Fire Hazard
Heard on The Peak this morning that 3 fires were started in the Coastal region in the past couple days, and they’ve all been human-caused. Now that summer weather has finally arrived please be extremely careful with any fire activity, sparks from ATVs/motorbikes, etc. The forest is drying out fast. They say we will hit “High” fire rating in the next few days and Extreme never seems to be far after that. There is no significant rainfall in the forecast for the next couple weeks. Please be careful out there. Camp fires are still permitted. I will post a note if I hear of anything changing. BC Wildfire.ca has all the info.

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Typical Energy Profile
I was pretty excited to get a new fridge yesterday. Our old one liked to leave puddles of water for us on the floor in the morning and I don’t think it EVER shut off. Not only is our food going to stay more fresh, we should also save a bundle on energy costs.

I’ve posted my energy consumption link before. You can click on the “Solar Power Potential” link in the current conditions to get to my energy page for my house.

Here’s my usage from yesterday afternoon since the fridge was installed:

To effectively, and permanently, reduce ones energy consumption you have to eliminate or reduce the peaks, and lower the base load.

Insulating the hot water heater should reduce the amount of times those peak appears in a day.

My base load is probably a little higher because of the equipment (webcam, computer, network gear) used to keep this website running 24/7/365.

To reduce the base load you can do things like make sure printers, faxes, and other electronics are turned off when you’re not using them. There is also the problem of “phantom power”. TVs, audio receivers, and digital cable/satellite receivers all still draw power even when you’ve turned them “off” with the remote. Digital Cable and Satellites are especially bad. You can eliminate that power by turning them off from a power bar, but note that cable and satellite boxes will need a minute or two to reestablish their connections to the TV providers. We do this with our upstairs TV, but don’t with our main TV as it also removes the ability to do PVR. OH Noooees! šŸ™‚

2 thoughts on “Perfect Thunder in the Valley Weekend – Energy profile

  1. The webcam and mac mini and backup hard drive would consume the most. They likely draw about 150W total. The weather station and network equipment might add another 40W. So I’d probably need 200W of solar panels (peak) to start offsetting the weather stuff. That would take a total of 3 panels to get to 210W… And that would offset it for a couple hours a day.

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