1 year ago 🥁 for day 228, 2020 with 383 words.

Whole House UPS

Days sheltering in place: 152.
Exercise: stupidly hot.
Keyboard practice: Look Mum, two hands.

Original plan was to load up the bikes on the bike rack, take a short drive to the delta and go for a ride. But when you realize that it in 90ºF (32ºC) by 10am it really puts a big dent in your plans. Tomorrow will be slightly cooler, only 103ºF (40ºC) before getting hotter again on Monday.

If it’s been hot where you are, hotter than you expect or remember from recent years, I have some sad news for you. Welcome to the new normal. Time for everyone to migrate towards the poles. Canada and Denmark may actually appreciate the warmth, although the days won’t get any longer.

Early today I received a notification on my watch from Tesla that my Powerwall Battery was going into “storm mode”. In this mode it keeps the battery at 100% and doesn’t use any of it for the house or pump it back to the grid. No storms around, but I have faith in the Tesla software to know what it is doing.

Later in the afternoon I received this warning:


Yes you guessed it, the power company doesn’t actually have enough power to keep everyone’s A/C running, with the consequence of rolling blackouts. They started Friday evening.

So far no blackouts here in my neighborhood, although in all honesty I wouldn’t notice, as the battery will take over and as long as the sun rises in the morning I’ll be OK. I may not be able to run the A/C as much as I want, but I can do everything else.

Meanwhile this evening to encourage people to not use power I was paid $3 / hr to not run my A/C. They way it works is that the company that pays me has access to my IoT thermostat and turns off the A/C in 15 minute increments for up to 30 minutes, then turns it back on for 15 minutes, then off for 30 minutes etc. This helps keep the house at a reasonable temperature, but pays me to save the planet a little.

It’s 10:30 PM (22:30) and 91ºF (33ºC) outside. I’m going to try to sleep.

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By Yorick Phoenix 🥁

Chief WriteTogether Bug Finder & character stringer. Generally, to create computer code, but sometimes actual words and paragraphs. Listens to lots of music, takes lots of photos, & invests in stocks for the long haul.

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