I have been trying to break down our electrical use to see how much power things in our house use.
I have a small watt meter for things that plug into the wall but our larger loads and things that run on 230 volts I didn’t have a good way to measure until now.
I recently bought an inductive wattmeter that keeps track of the power that is used.
It needs to be wired in parallel with the load to know the voltage applied but the current is measured inductively.
I plan to measure the stove, dryer, furnace, garage heater, and water pump in the future but for now I am checking the hot water heater.
It’s currently hooked up and clocking, one of our kids took a shower that turned into a bath followed by a shower last night. I would think that would be expensive but as it turned out it was 0.95KwH or about 10 cents. I checked it’s accuracy with my fluke meter for both current and voltage and they are within 1%. I’m going to let it run for a few weeks and see how expensive a water heater is to operate. I will post the results.
Below is a picture of the meter on the water heater.
We have been making a skating rink for the kids for a few years now. It started a few years ago two tarps in size then four. Last year I upgraded the hose from the regular garden hose fed from 1/2” pipe to a 1.25” pipe that comes right off the well tee.
We can now flood a massive amount of area in one tenth the amount of time. Below are pictures from the third day of making the rink, it’s now an inch thick flooded directly on top of the grass and is skateable. It still needs one more thin flood to make it smoother, but it’s looking good.
We were outside planting a few trees, and I noticed there looked like a bit of a wall cloud forming. I made a time lapse video of it in case something happened and when I watched it I noticed a small funnel cloud.
I went in our garage yesterday and noticed that we have frost forming on the grade beam of our garage.
Last year we dug around the side of the garage to put a 4″ corrugated drain in and insulated that side of the garage concrete to 2 feet underground. The part in the picture is not insulated. I was surprised how much temperature difference there was between the insulated and non-insulated.
Next year I’m going to have to dig and insulated the rest before the moisture wrecks the drywall.