GPIO 2 Inverter

I figured out a way to turn our inverter on and off with a Pi so I can leave it off when Winter forces us to be frugal. It takes a little more than an amp hour just sitting there doing nothing, so I do like to turn it off. This capability will serve to automate the fridge in the future, before I do that though, I need to figure out a way to bring cold air from the outside into it. The idea is to have a logic which looks at outside temperature, solar status, and fridge temperature to decide if we just turn it on or if we can simply (and for less electricity) fan in cold air from the outside.

Running a fridge on the coldest months, when solar power is scarce, is doubly absurd.


I’ve kept working on the SugarHouse through this mild Winter. The weather has really been cooperating so I’ve taken my time getting it ready. We only have a month and a half before sugaring season is upon us so I don’t want to get too complacent either :).


Putting babies to work, she’s got to earn her keep


The best thing in the universe: a proper spot for lumber. Lumber has been our roommate for years.


The loft is ready

I’ll do a better tour of the building when everything is ready come sugaring time. There’s a few cool things to it, not the least of which is the cupola.

Never seen a kid

go from bed to snow as fast as he does. Not 30 seconds pass from the warmth of his sheets to the blistery morning cold.

His new morning routine