The house gets demolished…

25 11 2014

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The original house pre-demolition

22 11 2014

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Powered by the Sun 2

1 05 2011

Here’s the update on our panels after the month of April.

During the past month we exported about 60% of March’s export, or 380 kWh. We generated 455.6 kWh, down from the month of March due to the approaching winter months. We used 75.5kWh of what was generated – less than last month- and imported 98.6 kWh which was also slightly less that our import during March.

On average, our daily generation was 15.19 kWh, our daily export 12.67 kWh, our daily use from the panels 2.52 kWh and daily import 3.29 kWh.

You can compare these daily averages with those from March, here.

Even if we are generating less electricity now, the rains are filling our 18,500L tank and the whole house and garden is running off of rain water now. As long as we get a decent rain every week or so we can continue to exclusively use rain water for the next 8 months or so until summer hits again. Currently, we think the tank is a little over half full. It makes for much nicer drinking water in the house.





Powered by the Sun

2 04 2011


On the first of March we had some solar panels installed on our house.


In total, over the month they have been installed, they have generated 610.2kWh. We have exported 508.2kWh of what was generated (83%), used 120kWh of pure solar energy as it was generated during the day and bought back from the grid 113.3kWh for use overnight when the panels have no sun.


Our average daily solar power generation was 19.7kWh (with a maximum of 28.97kWh and a minimum of about 5kWh on one very wet and cloudy day). Our average daily export was 16.4kWh, we used on average 3.9kWh of solar energy during the day and 3.65kWh imported from the grid overnight (average daily use 7.55kWh). Benno should probably write on his website that Transmog is a solar-run business.





Doughnuts and house building

5 12 2009

Benno went into Tokyo the other week and came back with vegan doughnuts. Here’s the rosehip and the walnut soymilk doughnuts.

I think I'm going to miss NY Doughnut Plant vegan doughnuts from Tokyo station when we return home...

I made craft in my Japanese lesson this week. It’s a cute charm for friendship.

i don't have a name. can you think of one?

Across the road from our apartment a new house is being built. It is blocking our potential view of Mt Fuji from our dining room window. The houses in Japan are made of cardboard-thickness wood. Here are the walls (timber sheets, no bricks. They will add a thin layer of cladding to the outside and it will be finished.) and lifting the prefab-ed roof before nailing down more timber sheets to cover the roof. No insulation.

I'll huff and I'll puff and I'll blow your house down!