As the header says, our house has two beautiful, old fireplaces, and finally both of them are operational!
For as long as I know (to be exact, since 1987) the second old fireplace hasn't been in use as the chimney has been full of old, very tightly-sitting bird nest remnants (branches, earth, you name it!). As winter has arrived, we were keen on getting this fireplace working, too.
The winter has arrived, and even though this is not the High North of Westerors it does get cold in here too. Well, we are in latitude 61°, which is not very high up in Finland but looking at it globally it very much is! We get the winters the latitude suggests: cold, snowy, long. That's why I felt there are a few steps I'd like to do before it gets all too snowy or cold. Here's a my little list:
One of our early decisions when we started discussing moving to Finland was that we want to strive towards energy autonomy. Nick has lots of experience in DIY biogas (see Biogascentral) so we are eager to test biogas in this cold climate. Besides that we also looked into solar hot water and PV (photovoltaic) systems.
Yesterday was the day when we got to turn on our PV (photovoltaic) system! Watch the video to see how easy it is to turn a switch - and see us as we turn it, taking a huge step towards energy autonomy. That makes us really happy, as you can surely tell!