We have worked to upgrade our 1920s era house so that it is much
more energy efficient. We use a boiler to heat the house and to
provide domestic hot water. We have insulated the house, replaced
windows and doors, swapped out all the light bulbs with more
efficient ones and use power bars on all 'instant on' devices. We
installed 1.5 kW (now 2.8 kW) of solar panels on a tiltable structure, batteries
to run the house in times of blackout, and the interface to the
power grid. We have built this WEB site to publish our papers and
Our Solar Project
began on November 1st 2006 and upgraded on September 18th, 2013. The database containing the household carbon
energy use begins in 2003. We are tracking our energy use and solar
generation on daily, weekly, monthly and yearly bases. We have
written and continue to write formal papers on a variety of topics
including but not limited to: solar power generation techniques and
thermodynamics, the War on CO2, and the policy implications of what
we discover in our data. Periodically we will go off-grid for
special events, to test our solar energy generation and battery
capacity assumptions. We publish our work/data here on the WEB
for others to use. See the Project Papers page for the currently available papers. Much of
our data are published on the Solar Data and
pages. Data specific to papers we write will be found on the
Raw Data Page.
We are now on
Twitter. Get our daily generation tweets at: @ravinaproject
with the hashtag #resiliency.
We've received the reports from our neighbourhood gardeners regarding
their garden plots we seeded with biochar. There were differences noted
in the test plots. We'll be writing a paper for this site on the topic
over the winter time.
Humanity's Post Global Warming Epitaphs: "We could not afford
to save ourselves. It would have cost too much."
It is our opinion
that humanity's relationship with Global Warming can best be summed up
by: Prometheus in the Anthropocene,
where his cognitive limitations come face to face with a strange
new planet he
once called home.
refection and integration of much into our thinking, we have come to the
conclusion that a global future that is safe for women, that is, a
future that allows women to thrive is the best future. In a real sense,
women are the 'canaries in the coal mine' such that, a global future
where women cannot thrive is a future where humanity is doomed. This
works on so many levels; we are baffled as to why this metric is
not more widely understood and used.