Author Archives: Bryan

Building the Finished Wall in the Wine Dining

We want to have the ‘Wine Dining’ room to be special.  When Jo-Anne learned that we could buy the wood from the wine tanks at Mirassou Winery on Aborn Road in San Jose, she said ‘Do it.’ Milling the wood and creating the wall has been extremely labor intensive and time consuming.  We think it […]

Starting Our Lighting Control System

The lighting control system is a critical component in reducing our energy needs.  We’re installing Schneider Electric’s Clipsal C-Bus system, which is the most advanced and robust lighting control system that we could find. Although the basic infrastructure has been in place for some time, Bryan started assembling the components and connecting the data network.  […]

Update on Our Lighting

Today, we addressed the collars on the Lucifer lights around the exterior of the house.  Also, Bryan saw some interesting electric car charging stations over at the Netflix buildings on Winchester Boulevard. Lucifer Lights We’re putting in Lucifer lights in the roof overhangs around the perimeter of the house.  These lights are part of our comprehensive […]

Operating Our Solar Photovoltaic System!

PG&E inspected our solar photovoltaic system and installed a bi-directional electric meter so we can be a generator of electricity and send power into the grid. The following web site shows our electricity production through Enphase’s Envoy reporting system: Yippee!