We’ve been a little disappointed by the contribution of our wind turbine. A Chinook wind came through a few days ago, warming us into the low 40’s. The turbine spun and hummed enthusiastically, but whether the tower’s too short (because we couldn’t manage to get that last ten-foot segment on it), or due to interference from nearby trees, or simply not enough steady wind, the turbine isn’t generating much power yet. That leaves us almost entirely dependent on solar power, though we do have a gas back-up generator.
We don’t use much electricity; we’ve switched back to using propane lights almost exclusively. We might turn on the radio for news in the morning or music in the evening, but that takes very little power. What does require energy is charging batteries on tools and computers, and our internet connection. So I’ll make this post a short one.
The sun’s trajectory is starkly lower now. No longer strong enough to make the climb over the trees, the sun now peers lazily through them. We discovered that shade was putting the panels to sleep by mid-day. As much as we hated to do it, we had to top off several nice trees and cut down a large old stand entirely. Gary being the only one actually doing anything, he really hated to do it.
The spruce forest has grown up fast around our place; pictures from the sixties show very few trees. Now hundreds of shrub-high trees foretell an increasingly forested future, so we know what we cut will grow back. Still, it doesn’t escape us that no matter how small we try to make our footprint on the environment, we are cutting down trees for lumber, firewood and, sometimes, simply because they are in our way.
Sunrise: 9:20 a.m.
Sunset: 5:59 p.m.
Weather: High 10, low -2, sunny and hazy. No wind.
Barbara the brave!
So sorry to read about the trails and “turbine-lations” of your windmill! I am happy you seem so content! Have you been keeping up you bootcamp workouts? Or is it too cold? Have you been able to use your new snowshoes? Do you love them as much as predicted? I am chomping at the bit to get mine out! Ok iPad autocorrect strikes again I just reread my note and it should say trials not trails but word press won’t let me change or I am not tech savvy enough to do it on my iPad…lol Anyways please take care!
Great to hear from you, Katie! The windmill must have heard me talking about it and did have a couple of good days, though there’s no wind today. Need some bootcamp ideas to get me in shape for x-country skiing — did just under 4 miles today, but to say I was actually skiing is a bit of an exaggeration, since I’m just learning. Not quite enough snow for snowshoes yet, but I’m itching to try them! Let me know what you’re up to in Seattle soon!