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Forum: Environmental Issues Today, 12:01 AM
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Posted By montcalm
This thread has really taken me a place I wasn't...

This thread has really taken me a place I wasn't expecting. I went from kind of being curious in current energy trends to being a real exercise in understanding the options available, not only for...
Forum: Environmental Issues Yesterday, 06:57 PM
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Views: 7,211
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Forum: Environmental Issues Yesterday, 02:20 PM
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Forum: General Adirondack Discussion Yesterday, 01:01 PM
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Views: 1,869
Posted By montcalm
2016 - what lake? Could be any lake. Does it...

2016 - what lake? Could be any lake. Does it really matter? :cool:
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Forum: Environmental Issues Yesterday, 12:15 PM
Replies: 151
Views: 7,211
Posted By montcalm
And John - I was thinking about one other...

And John - I was thinking about one other thing...

My current home has 7(!) north facing windows. And 2 west facing. I feel like just reducing that could be a significant gain with no other...
Forum: Environmental Issues Yesterday, 10:56 AM
Replies: 151
Views: 7,211
Posted By montcalm
Also I should add - this whole "net zero" thing...

Also I should add - this whole "net zero" thing is a game of averages. It's the game I'm playing now. But that's not to say you might have a year you're in the hole a few hundred kWh, and another...
Forum: Environmental Issues Yesterday, 10:21 AM
Replies: 151
Views: 7,211
Posted By montcalm
All interesting points. I'll see if I can clear...

All interesting points. I'll see if I can clear up some things.

12:12 was chosen mainly as an assumption at this point. I know snow will slide if the surface is slippery enough. I'm not sure...
Forum: Hiking in the Adirondacks 01-15-2022, 02:04 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 432
Posted By montcalm
A friend of mine's dog, Bear. Yellow lab. He's...

A friend of mine's dog, Bear. Yellow lab. He's a great dog, older and kind of limited in how much he can do, but I've done a few trips with him and he was a pleasure.
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Forum: Hiking in the Adirondacks 01-15-2022, 01:51 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 432
Posted By montcalm
Sounds like you found the perfect match rbi......

Sounds like you found the perfect match rbi... not always the case with dogs.


We've had a couple doggos in the past 20 years. First one was a Chihuahua named Burger:
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Forum: Environmental Issues 01-15-2022, 11:23 AM
Replies: 151
Views: 7,211
Posted By montcalm
I didn't do the math on this to see what the...

I didn't do the math on this to see what the ideal footprint is for max panels, but this is pretty ideal. I think maybe using the same W/L ratio as the panel might yield better packaging. That's a...
Forum: Environmental Issues 01-15-2022, 12:33 AM
Replies: 151
Views: 7,211
Posted By montcalm
A lot to digest here... This has been a bit...

A lot to digest here...

This has been a bit revealing to me. I mean I kind of had some thoughts way back, but now I'm pretty convinced: I don't want to do an off-grid home. If I do end up...
Forum: Environmental Issues 01-14-2022, 10:34 PM
Replies: 151
Views: 7,211
Posted By montcalm
So, results! Using John's analysis I was...

So, results!

Using John's analysis I was able to figure in some points of compare:

- If I transported my house to OF, I could net zero it with 10.3kW solar system (31 panels).

- The single...
Forum: Environmental Issues 01-14-2022, 08:23 PM
Replies: 151
Views: 7,211
Posted By montcalm
This is the same data, just slightly adjusted via...

This is the same data, just slightly adjusted via a weighted average of temps based on median monthly daylight hours and converted to heat flux via number of hours in a month and home surface area.
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Forum: Environmental Issues 01-14-2022, 06:29 PM
Replies: 151
Views: 7,211
Posted By montcalm
Maybe a little explanation on how I came up with...

Maybe a little explanation on how I came up with that chart. Not hard to do.

It's simply the NG energy (converted from therms to kWh) I'm using each month, then multiplied by my furnace...
Forum: Environmental Issues 01-14-2022, 05:16 PM
Replies: 151
Views: 7,211
Posted By montcalm
Here's a chart of my baseline heat transfer. ...

Here's a chart of my baseline heat transfer.

I wish I had some more data to see how much of the "scatter" is caused by my uninsulated basement and how much is just the earth.

But the trend is...
Forum: Environmental Issues 01-14-2022, 11:12 AM
Replies: 151
Views: 7,211
Posted By montcalm
Thanks again. Yeah, I can usually find used text...

Thanks again. Yeah, I can usually find used text or reference books for almost nothing.

I prefer metric, honestly but I can convert any.
Forum: Environmental Issues 01-14-2022, 11:03 AM
Replies: 151
Views: 7,211
Posted By montcalm
I thought that might be overkill, but I have...

I thought that might be overkill, but I have everything broken up by month already, so perhaps just let the spreadsheet do the heavy lifting.

I was trying to boil some of it down for here.
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Forum: Environmental Issues 01-14-2022, 10:36 AM
Replies: 151
Views: 7,211
Posted By montcalm
Baselining everything against my current...

Baselining everything against my current location. Maybe trivial, but it seems intuitive to me to use what (little) I know to figure out what I need.


Some interesting observations on climate...
Forum: Skiing in the Adirondacks 01-13-2022, 08:09 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 267
Posted By montcalm
There's definitely been a resurgence of wood skis...

There's definitely been a resurgence of wood skis in the past decade or so.

Like anything, it really depends on the condition though. If they were properly stored with camber blocks and the tails...
Forum: Environmental Issues 01-13-2022, 06:45 PM
Replies: 151
Views: 7,211
Posted By montcalm
I think all that's needed is a exhaust vent check...

I think all that's needed is a exhaust vent check valve.

Yes, I'd use exhaust fans in the kitchen, bathrooms and for the dryer. They aren't well insulated, but they prevent infiltration backflow....
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