Let there be light …

Jan 10, 12 Let there be light …

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Today marks a MAJOR milestone in the new house my parents have been building and which my Dad and I have been doing all the electrical work on Today the house was inspected, passed and finally connected to the grid by the States Electrical Inspector … YAY !! This follows a year of work involving planning, wiring, drilling .. you name it. A year in which we’ve layed over 4 miles of cable including : Cat V: video surveillance cable; satelite cable; and of course miles of multi-core cabling. There were only a few glitches but the place is now lit up like a Christmas tree, the PV’s are connected and the ground source heat pump is humming away and has heated up a tank full of water to 53C in only a few hours !!! … that’s water heated only from the underground pipes and passed through the heat exchanger … WOWSERS ! [check out the what & how here and below] The result is a state of the art , super-green , techno-stupendous house. My Dad has incorporated every innovation possible. It’s a Geek’s dream-house … A Ground source heat pumpGround source heat pumps use solar energy naturally stored in soil, bedrock and groundwater as a heat source. They do require electricity to operate, but efficiently produce up to five times as much heat energy for every unit of electricity they use. [check out this article I wrote on them here] Solar Panels (Photo Voltaic cells) capable of generating 3KW of energy [check out my article here ] Heat Recovery Ventilation System – a system whereby hot air can be redistributed from one room to another. LED lighting eveywhere … 5W LED lights generating the equivalent of 50W light from traditional bulbs Underfloor heating driven by the ground source heat pump. Underground storage tanks that collect rain water off of the roof for use in flushing the toilets and watering the garden. Everything is run from a central control room … VERY...

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