Off the Grid Chicago
Off the Grid turned 1 today!

Off the Grid turned 1 today!

Last month I used 54kWh less electricity than my average neighbors, but 274kWh more than my most efficient. Approximately 75kWh of my usage went to running appliances. I wonder how the rest of the usage breaks down.

Last month I used 54kWh less electricity than my average neighbors, but 274kWh more than my most efficient. Approximately 75kWh of my usage went to running appliances. I wonder how the rest of the usage breaks down.

When zombie growls drown out the washer/dryer buzzer, @WhirlpoolCorp #smartappliance notifications save the day. #TiszaSmarthome @Comed
@Nest thermostat is constantly watching. And waiting. And watching @ComEd real times energy prices to help save me money.
ComEd has begun its massive electric grid infrastructure upgrade. Here I am filming a promo clip for why smartmeters  are kinda awesome.

ComEd has begun its massive electric grid infrastructure upgrade. Here I am filming a promo clip for why smartmeters are kinda awesome.

My @Nest thermostat gives me quantitative proof that a clean air filter = less work for the furnace = saving money.
.@BelkinWeMo turns anything with a plug into a WiFi enabled device. Energy management on the go + RRTP alerts = win!
Excess wind power = negative real time energy prices. Should’ve cranked the space heater @ 3am. #TiszaSmarthome

Excess wind power = negative real time energy prices. Should’ve cranked the space heater @ 3am. #TiszaSmarthome

Would <3 a “smart stove.” I’d check the timer from my phone but could see this being an OCD nightmare. “Is it off?!” #TiszaSmarthome @ComEd
After the horrendous real time energy rates we had just over a week ago, I am relieved to see that the bill ended up being just shy of $25 over what it would have been at a fixed rate.

After the horrendous real time energy rates we had just over a week ago, I am relieved to see that the bill ended up being just shy of $25 over what it would have been at a fixed rate.

The 18 month odyssey of a solar powered, smart technology enabled circa 1900 workman's cottage in Chicago's Logan Square neighborhood.