Wednesday, November 25, 2015

(Nov 25) Happy Thanksgiving!

No pics today. Just a quick note to let you know we finally came to terms with the local electric company. They offered about 1/2 off on installation of new service so we jumped on it. We got our meter pole set this past weekend and got a cut-off/breaker box installed as well as the meter base. Driving the 8' grounding rod was the hardest part. My 2 lb hammer was barely up to the task and my arm took a beating for it. That will leave us with 92' of line to run to the house. Should be able to get that done with one day rental on a trencher. We also ordered solar panels this past week. We got (6) 260 watt panels. These will be grid tied to offset our electricity usage. All we should be left with is the service account fee. That should run about $240/yr. Not bad for having access to reliable and quiet power. I love our generator but I will be very excited to retire it to the roll of backup power. It cost $40-$50 per weekend to run and it was very loud. It will be so nice to sit in the quiet and enjoy the sounds of nature! It will also be nice to leave the fridge stocked and running as well as enough heat to keep the place from freezing through the winter. I absolutely can't wait 'til we get to move out here full time. One step at a time, right?

I hope everyone has a great Thanksgiving holiday!    - Jay