This is a private blog about my attempts to live a greener lifestyle.
Over the last few years I’ve become increasingly concerned about the state of our world. It seemed that something needed to be done. And then it occurred to me – here I am in a wealthly country with a good job and a nice home – so if I can’t do something about it then who can be expected to? Now I know that whatever I do is only a drop in the ocean, but even the longest of journeys starts with a single step.
So here it is. Over the coming months I plan to describe what I’ve done do live a greener lifestyle. Some of the things will be quick, easy and cheap. Others will be more involved. But hopefully there will be somethings that everyone can do to make this world a greener and more sustainable place.
All content and posts on this site reflect my personal views and opinions.
Readers should know that I’m an employee of Ford Motor Company. However I’m writing here in my spare time and I do not receive any payments or other benefits from Ford for maintaining this blog.
Hi. Im interested in building something similair to your HEMS system to help control my solar panel output, charge my car, etc. I’ve just switched over to Octopus Go and I’m keen to make the most of the cheaper electricity so I’m looking at options for having batteries installed.
Would you be willing to advise me on creating something similair to what you have achieved?
Certainly. However I originally put the HEMS together with the complexity of Octopus Agile in mind. Agile required schedules that changed every day. You may find on Go that you can achieve what you want just configuring each device since the cheap period is the same every day.
Some batteries are smart enough to adjust their own off-peak charging to reflect the next day’s solar predictions, however that might leave you discharging the battery into the car during the Go period which I’d certainly consider undesirable.