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According to the usage graph on the bill, in the March-June quarter we used more electricity than for the same quarter last year.

Which sucks, because I would have thought we'd have used less. In fact, when I first glanced at the account I misread it as having used less and figured that made sense on account of a few things we've changed. And I felt really pleased!

Most of our lights are now compact fluoros, the TV and associated items are on a powerboard with individual switches so we now turn them off properly rather than leave them on standby. Ditto the washing machine. 10B turns his monitor off at night.

And we've hardly used the heating at all on account of the absence of winter.

But there's the pump for the greywater system. This is the only major change I can think of.

Swings and roundabouts!

Other possibilities: leaving the electric blanket on night and day for our geriatric cat, the fan heater in the bathroom (but that's only intermittent), my propagation tray (which I'm pretty sure doesn't pull much power). We're watching a lot more telly....

I only got my motorised scooter a year ago - Bazza is permanently connected to the charger. That might be doing something.

The quarter we are in now is the biggest use period for the year, according to the little chart on our bill.

So now I'm wondering what we can do next.

~~~

At some point, we'll get a new fuse box and when we do, the airconditioning goes on its own fuse, so we can turn the darn thing properly off for half the year at least (it's a standby system). But that's in the future.

Still need tumble dryer.

I'm not prepared to unplug Bazza, even though he doesn't see daily use. I want him there when I need him. Certainly not convinced it would be wise to unplug the greywater system either - we are using the greywater.

All I can really think of is that we be more fussy about switching lights off, but I can't see that achieving a whole lot.
splodgenoodles: (Default)
According to the usage graph on the bill, in the March-June quarter we used more electricity than for the same quarter last year.

Which sucks, because I would have thought we'd have used less. In fact, when I first glanced at the account I misread it as having used less and figured that made sense on account of a few things we've changed. And I felt really pleased!

Most of our lights are now compact fluoros, the TV and associated items are on a powerboard with individual switches so we now turn them off properly rather than leave them on standby. Ditto the washing machine. 10B turns his monitor off at night.

And we've hardly used the heating at all on account of the absence of winter.

But there's the pump for the greywater system. This is the only major change I can think of.

Swings and roundabouts!

Other possibilities: leaving the electric blanket on night and day for our geriatric cat, the fan heater in the bathroom (but that's only intermittent), my propagation tray (which I'm pretty sure doesn't pull much power). We're watching a lot more telly....

I only got my motorised scooter a year ago - Bazza is permanently connected to the charger. That might be doing something.

The quarter we are in now is the biggest use period for the year, according to the little chart on our bill.

So now I'm wondering what we can do next.

~~~

At some point, we'll get a new fuse box and when we do, the airconditioning goes on its own fuse, so we can turn the darn thing properly off for half the year at least (it's a standby system). But that's in the future.

Still need tumble dryer.

I'm not prepared to unplug Bazza, even though he doesn't see daily use. I want him there when I need him. Certainly not convinced it would be wise to unplug the greywater system either - we are using the greywater.

All I can really think of is that we be more fussy about switching lights off, but I can't see that achieving a whole lot.
splodgenoodles: (Default)
Not as crap as yesterday, I did a few things so now I'm zonked but hey, clean clothes!

~~~~~

I got some knitting done but after consultation with my beloved 10B, I've just ramped up the complexity of the project I'm working on to the power of ten. If I can do it, the result will be really cool but I guess I won't have it done in a few days - bugger! Nothing more dangerous than creative thinking.

~~~~~

Have been browsing greywater treatment again although only in a vague sort of way. I've often wondered about going all-out with recycling greywater. The current system simply filters and diverts, and not all plants can cope with that. It would be most cool to re-treat water to the point that it could be used again in the laundry, or safe enough that it didn't have to go through sub-surface irrigation and was less of a worry for various parts of the yard. Getting potable water is possible, but probably a lot more work and the technology still appears to be for enthusiasts only.

I did find a site that has a very expensive treatment system the main virtue of which seems to be the addition of various chemicals to balance the pH and clean the water somehow. Which makes me wonder if we couldn't just add that stuff to our greywater tank....if we knew what those products were...

~~~~~

A couple of months ago, a moth flew out of my wool stash. I was only vaguely concerned at the time, but yesterday [livejournal.com profile] quatrefoil made a comment on another blog about how to prevent moth infestations, so today I went to Ravelry to read up about them some more. Now I'm really worried! That single moth was probably a male moth, and this means somewhere in there there's a female moth laying eggs which will hatch into larvae and eat everything and make me cry.

~~~~~

My beloved, handsome and studly [livejournal.com profile] tenbears gave blood yesterday and he had a resting heart rate of 57bpm. This is very, very good. Also, with me having a resting heart rate of Way Too Fast(it's an ME/CFS thing - a resting heart rate of 100+bpm is not unusual), it leaves me feeling not only jealous, but curious. It's less than one beat per second, I find that so hard to imagine. What does he do between heartbeats?

thud
*looks around, waits*
thud
*picks nose, waits*
thud
*reads "War And Peace"(he's a fast reader), waits*
thud
*carries water, chops wood, waits*
thud
*achieves enlightenment, waits*
thud
*picks nose again, waits*
.....
.....
.....
(only kidding)
thud

~~~~~

Please indulge me while I gloat briefly about my garden: today I was thinking about my opinions about the sort of edible plants that a garden should have (well, a garden that is to be of use to me, that is) and thinking about the subsequent list of suitable plants, and I realised I'm actually getting pretty close to having the edible garden that I want and that I can (with help) actually sustain. There is much else I want in a garden, and there'll always be more to be done, but it was really nice to realise that in this respect at least, I've moved forwards with something I love.
splodgenoodles: (Default)
Not as crap as yesterday, I did a few things so now I'm zonked but hey, clean clothes!

~~~~~

I got some knitting done but after consultation with my beloved 10B, I've just ramped up the complexity of the project I'm working on to the power of ten. If I can do it, the result will be really cool but I guess I won't have it done in a few days - bugger! Nothing more dangerous than creative thinking.

~~~~~

Have been browsing greywater treatment again although only in a vague sort of way. I've often wondered about going all-out with recycling greywater. The current system simply filters and diverts, and not all plants can cope with that. It would be most cool to re-treat water to the point that it could be used again in the laundry, or safe enough that it didn't have to go through sub-surface irrigation and was less of a worry for various parts of the yard. Getting potable water is possible, but probably a lot more work and the technology still appears to be for enthusiasts only.

I did find a site that has a very expensive treatment system the main virtue of which seems to be the addition of various chemicals to balance the pH and clean the water somehow. Which makes me wonder if we couldn't just add that stuff to our greywater tank....if we knew what those products were...

~~~~~

A couple of months ago, a moth flew out of my wool stash. I was only vaguely concerned at the time, but yesterday [livejournal.com profile] quatrefoil made a comment on another blog about how to prevent moth infestations, so today I went to Ravelry to read up about them some more. Now I'm really worried! That single moth was probably a male moth, and this means somewhere in there there's a female moth laying eggs which will hatch into larvae and eat everything and make me cry.

~~~~~

My beloved, handsome and studly [livejournal.com profile] tenbears gave blood yesterday and he had a resting heart rate of 57bpm. This is very, very good. Also, with me having a resting heart rate of Way Too Fast(it's an ME/CFS thing - a resting heart rate of 100+bpm is not unusual), it leaves me feeling not only jealous, but curious. It's less than one beat per second, I find that so hard to imagine. What does he do between heartbeats?

thud
*looks around, waits*
thud
*picks nose, waits*
thud
*reads "War And Peace"(he's a fast reader), waits*
thud
*carries water, chops wood, waits*
thud
*achieves enlightenment, waits*
thud
*picks nose again, waits*
.....
.....
.....
(only kidding)
thud

~~~~~

Please indulge me while I gloat briefly about my garden: today I was thinking about my opinions about the sort of edible plants that a garden should have (well, a garden that is to be of use to me, that is) and thinking about the subsequent list of suitable plants, and I realised I'm actually getting pretty close to having the edible garden that I want and that I can (with help) actually sustain. There is much else I want in a garden, and there'll always be more to be done, but it was really nice to realise that in this respect at least, I've moved forwards with something I love.

Greywater.

Sep. 28th, 2007 04:56 pm
splodgenoodles: (Default)
We just got the letter telling us we'll get a $500 rebate on our water bills on account of putting in our greywater system. Although speaking of which, 10B just had to tinker with it on account of a blockage where there most definitely should not be a blockage.

More about greywater systems )

Greywater.

Sep. 28th, 2007 04:56 pm
splodgenoodles: (Default)
We just got the letter telling us we'll get a $500 rebate on our water bills on account of putting in our greywater system. Although speaking of which, 10B just had to tinker with it on account of a blockage where there most definitely should not be a blockage.

More about greywater systems )
splodgenoodles: (Default)
Yesterday I got up to water the front garden from 7-8AM. (For those who haven't been paying attention, we are in the middle of the worst drought we've ever had and there's no sign of it ending - in fact it's kind of getting scary - and at the moment we have fairly severe water restrictions). Fortunately I did not have to think, just sit there with a hose, a cup of tea and a profound sensation of blerginess. Oh, and strew Blood And Bone and Dynamic Lifter everywhere, which was my motivation for being up at that hour waving the hose around. I'm hoping that if I can do this a few more times, I'll have the trees adequately fertilised within a couple of weeks and then the greywater can do the rest. I hope so, anyway - yesterday was a bit of a stretch for Everyone's Favourite Noodle and I am reluctant to impose further on 10B on account of having a list of things a mile long that I want him to do, right at the start of the busy season.

I sincerely doubt we'll be allowed to water gardens with mains water at all after 30 September, but most of my tree feeding should be done now anyway.

After hosing, fertilising, then hosing again for an hour yesterday and still not having watered it in to my liking by the time the siren went(figuratively speaking) at 8AM, I have decided to give up on Blood And Bone and just use Dynamic Lifter pellets and/or whatever old manure I can lay my hands on. The likelihood of burning plants because I haven't got time to water it in properly is too much. Dynamic Lifter still needs watering in, but it's not actually going to hurt your plants if you can't water so thoroughly.

~~~

Oh and I'm worried about the local birds: they love to scratch over the mulch in search of food and, I suspect, moisture (or possibly it's just that you find more food in the damp bits). Anyway, the damp bits in the backyard are now damp on account of grey water. This is quite possibly not healthy for birds, but there's not really a lot I can do about it. We do have water dishes of various shapes and sizes round the place, but clearly they aren't what is wanted.

To this end I am wondering if perhaps I should develop a kind of mini-bog for them: one spot away from plants that gets a bucket of clean water a day and is kept well covered with mulchy goodness. I could even throw in some worms now and again.

~~~

But on the plus side, yesterday two green-breasted Rosellas stopped by to snack on our gum tree, and today we had a bird that looks initially like a brown blackbird but with a speckled breast and a smooth beak (I think) rather like a nectar eater. I've seen it before I'd not noticed the beak and I'm buggered if I know what it is. This is on top of a couple of other native bird species that already seem very grateful for the tree's presence, and an increasingly interested possum. (And no, I didn't get photos on account of racing out with the camera to realise the memory was full and no, I haven't looked all of them up yet either.)

And that's why you plant native trees, people! If you plant them, they will come.
splodgenoodles: (Default)
Yesterday I got up to water the front garden from 7-8AM. (For those who haven't been paying attention, we are in the middle of the worst drought we've ever had and there's no sign of it ending - in fact it's kind of getting scary - and at the moment we have fairly severe water restrictions). Fortunately I did not have to think, just sit there with a hose, a cup of tea and a profound sensation of blerginess. Oh, and strew Blood And Bone and Dynamic Lifter everywhere, which was my motivation for being up at that hour waving the hose around. I'm hoping that if I can do this a few more times, I'll have the trees adequately fertilised within a couple of weeks and then the greywater can do the rest. I hope so, anyway - yesterday was a bit of a stretch for Everyone's Favourite Noodle and I am reluctant to impose further on 10B on account of having a list of things a mile long that I want him to do, right at the start of the busy season.

I sincerely doubt we'll be allowed to water gardens with mains water at all after 30 September, but most of my tree feeding should be done now anyway.

After hosing, fertilising, then hosing again for an hour yesterday and still not having watered it in to my liking by the time the siren went(figuratively speaking) at 8AM, I have decided to give up on Blood And Bone and just use Dynamic Lifter pellets and/or whatever old manure I can lay my hands on. The likelihood of burning plants because I haven't got time to water it in properly is too much. Dynamic Lifter still needs watering in, but it's not actually going to hurt your plants if you can't water so thoroughly.

~~~

Oh and I'm worried about the local birds: they love to scratch over the mulch in search of food and, I suspect, moisture (or possibly it's just that you find more food in the damp bits). Anyway, the damp bits in the backyard are now damp on account of grey water. This is quite possibly not healthy for birds, but there's not really a lot I can do about it. We do have water dishes of various shapes and sizes round the place, but clearly they aren't what is wanted.

To this end I am wondering if perhaps I should develop a kind of mini-bog for them: one spot away from plants that gets a bucket of clean water a day and is kept well covered with mulchy goodness. I could even throw in some worms now and again.

~~~

But on the plus side, yesterday two green-breasted Rosellas stopped by to snack on our gum tree, and today we had a bird that looks initially like a brown blackbird but with a speckled breast and a smooth beak (I think) rather like a nectar eater. I've seen it before I'd not noticed the beak and I'm buggered if I know what it is. This is on top of a couple of other native bird species that already seem very grateful for the tree's presence, and an increasingly interested possum. (And no, I didn't get photos on account of racing out with the camera to realise the memory was full and no, I haven't looked all of them up yet either.)

And that's why you plant native trees, people! If you plant them, they will come.
splodgenoodles: (gruntled bears)
Gosh my entries are humdrum at the mo...I'm feeling reasonably chipper though. And last week's drama and worsened health appears to have been a glitch, which has certainly cheered me up some.

~~~

The plumbers are finally here to install the greywater system and [livejournal.com profile] tenbears is doing the garden irrigation side of things on Wednesday.

~~~

My Case Manager just emailed to say she's applying for $$ to help towards the scooter. If she's successful it will bring the cost down by lots and lots. And now the hired scooter has gone, I've forgotten all about being self-conscious and angsty and keep thinking about things I'd like to do as soon as I get my own.

~~~

The architect is coming back on Monday to take measurements and have more of a chat - this time it's our turn to talk about what we want. He seemed genuinely pleased that we want to proceed with him, which is nice because he was interesting and fun to talk to. Of course he may be less pleased when he finds out he cannot shut us up, and just how many things we definitely do or definitely don't want. We tend to be a little....eccentric?... about the sort of things that are important to us.

~~~

I am inordinately excited about the prospect of a medication change and have to keep calming myself down. You see I've started to imagine it doing more good than we expect so I really need to nip this one in the bud. But also, I'm just dying to be off prednisolone. This stuff has changed me so much, I'd given up on ever getting to change back. It will be very weird though, and I might end up with the saggiest boobs in the whole world not that that's my main preoccupation or anything, on account not only of possible weight loss but also of weight shifting. Even if the prednisolone doesn't make you gain weight, it can change your proportions. When I first went on it as a maintenance thing, it was like going through adolescence all over again - I (quite suddenly) found I moved differently and I wandered round feeling generally gawky and awkward for months. Favourite comfortable clothing was now uncomfortable and stretched in odd places. And the temperature thing: I used to love the heat, suddenly I couldn't stand it. And my skin: I know I'm not going to have 26 year old skin again, not without committing a vile crime anyway, but it might just stop being so manky. There's about 15 more things I can think of that might change, but I'll spare you the list.

I wonder if my hair will go back to being really curly?

~~~

On an entirely different note, I finally got [livejournal.com profile] tenbears into Ultraviolet, we finished it last night. It was my second viewing and I could probably watch it again in a week or two. And we go see Harry Potter tomorrow night.

~~~

Now, if I can just get a bit of focus and make conscious choices about how I want to use the rest of the day instead of letting it drift, things will be even nicer.
splodgenoodles: (gruntled bears)
Gosh my entries are humdrum at the mo...I'm feeling reasonably chipper though. And last week's drama and worsened health appears to have been a glitch, which has certainly cheered me up some.

~~~

The plumbers are finally here to install the greywater system and [livejournal.com profile] tenbears is doing the garden irrigation side of things on Wednesday.

~~~

My Case Manager just emailed to say she's applying for $$ to help towards the scooter. If she's successful it will bring the cost down by lots and lots. And now the hired scooter has gone, I've forgotten all about being self-conscious and angsty and keep thinking about things I'd like to do as soon as I get my own.

~~~

The architect is coming back on Monday to take measurements and have more of a chat - this time it's our turn to talk about what we want. He seemed genuinely pleased that we want to proceed with him, which is nice because he was interesting and fun to talk to. Of course he may be less pleased when he finds out he cannot shut us up, and just how many things we definitely do or definitely don't want. We tend to be a little....eccentric?... about the sort of things that are important to us.

~~~

I am inordinately excited about the prospect of a medication change and have to keep calming myself down. You see I've started to imagine it doing more good than we expect so I really need to nip this one in the bud. But also, I'm just dying to be off prednisolone. This stuff has changed me so much, I'd given up on ever getting to change back. It will be very weird though, and I might end up with the saggiest boobs in the whole world not that that's my main preoccupation or anything, on account not only of possible weight loss but also of weight shifting. Even if the prednisolone doesn't make you gain weight, it can change your proportions. When I first went on it as a maintenance thing, it was like going through adolescence all over again - I (quite suddenly) found I moved differently and I wandered round feeling generally gawky and awkward for months. Favourite comfortable clothing was now uncomfortable and stretched in odd places. And the temperature thing: I used to love the heat, suddenly I couldn't stand it. And my skin: I know I'm not going to have 26 year old skin again, not without committing a vile crime anyway, but it might just stop being so manky. There's about 15 more things I can think of that might change, but I'll spare you the list.

I wonder if my hair will go back to being really curly?

~~~

On an entirely different note, I finally got [livejournal.com profile] tenbears into Ultraviolet, we finished it last night. It was my second viewing and I could probably watch it again in a week or two. And we go see Harry Potter tomorrow night.

~~~

Now, if I can just get a bit of focus and make conscious choices about how I want to use the rest of the day instead of letting it drift, things will be even nicer.
splodgenoodles: (Default)
I've just paid the deposit on a greywater system.

It should take about two weeks - then we just have to install it, of course.

Tomorrow I am setting the alarm for 6AM and getting up and watering the garden until either I fall over or the clock strikes 8, when I'm legally obliged to stop. It hasn't been watered for weeks and it's really starting to show. The ongoing warm, sunny weather isn't helping.

Actually I tell a lie about watering- yesterday I bucketed out about 8 buckets worth of water from one of the rainwater barrels (the one without a tap, obviously). I gave a few buckets to one of my beloved strawberry guavas which looks like it's ready to drop leaves and die and topped up two water-holding tree guards. (Little plastic things that hold about 10 litres of water and let it trickle out over several days. Great for shrubs and trees that are just starting out.)

~~~

I have been a little surprised over the last few days at how much I've been doing *without* getting payback symptoms. I'm getting a little nervous, especially since I do feel a bit buzzy and disinclined to stop and rest. This does mean I could come a cropper fairly soon.

So in a moment I shall beetle off, have a wash, *force* myself to lie down and shut my eyes for ten minutes, and then walk to the Post Office to pick up a parcel.

~~~
splodgenoodles: (Default)
I've just paid the deposit on a greywater system.

It should take about two weeks - then we just have to install it, of course.

Tomorrow I am setting the alarm for 6AM and getting up and watering the garden until either I fall over or the clock strikes 8, when I'm legally obliged to stop. It hasn't been watered for weeks and it's really starting to show. The ongoing warm, sunny weather isn't helping.

Actually I tell a lie about watering- yesterday I bucketed out about 8 buckets worth of water from one of the rainwater barrels (the one without a tap, obviously). I gave a few buckets to one of my beloved strawberry guavas which looks like it's ready to drop leaves and die and topped up two water-holding tree guards. (Little plastic things that hold about 10 litres of water and let it trickle out over several days. Great for shrubs and trees that are just starting out.)

~~~

I have been a little surprised over the last few days at how much I've been doing *without* getting payback symptoms. I'm getting a little nervous, especially since I do feel a bit buzzy and disinclined to stop and rest. This does mean I could come a cropper fairly soon.

So in a moment I shall beetle off, have a wash, *force* myself to lie down and shut my eyes for ten minutes, and then walk to the Post Office to pick up a parcel.

~~~

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