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Project ID: 61

Project steward

Jan Steinman


An accurate way to account for common electricity use.


Currently (pun intended) the outbuildings run from breakers in the white house. This means that whomever lives in the white house is paying for electricity for the common water system, garage, classroom, and biodiesel processor. As an interim measure, EcoReality will be paying the first $65 of the White House electricity bill, but this is based on summer energy estimates for the outbuildings. With one or more watt-hour meters in series with the outbuildings, their electricity can be accurately subtracted from the white house's electric bill, and paid for in a fair and equitable manner.

Goal or deliverable

  1. Engineering:
    1. determine number of meters,
    2. determine optimal location of meters,
      near the subpanel send, on the east corner of the white house
    3. assess materials on hand and come up with a bill of materials for purchase
      two meters and one socket are on-hand
      need one socket, 3 metres of #8 stranded copper wire, and misc strain relief hardware
  2. Install one or more meters
  3. Determine and initiate usage procedure
  4. Issue shares for materials and labour

Timeline, schedule, or end date

Before winter 2008/09.

  1. Engineering: September '08
  2. Installation: October '08
  3. Administration and cut-over: 31 October '08


Financial budget

  • about 150 Class B shares for materials on hand
  • about $70 for materials needed

Labour budget

  • Jan: engineering: 8 hours
  • Carol: assembling materials: 1 hour
  • Anyone: purchasing materials: 1 hour (not including ferry)
  • Jan/James: holes in wall, mounting sockets: 2 hours
  • Jan: hookup: 2 hours

Cash Outlay

7350000Supplies$70.002008-10-25 00:00:002008-10-25 00:00:01
7350000TOTAL:$70.002008-10-25 00:00:002008-10-25 00:00:01

Labour, by person

2Jan Steinman4.6100.0%

Labour, by activity


Vehicle Use

"Vehicles" with no odometer, such as tractors or stationary equipment, are in tenths of an hour, rather than kilometres.




Final Accounting

  • Cash outlay
    • none
  • Class A shares:
    • Jan: 70, for cash spent on one meter box and two meters
  • Class B shares:
    • Carol: 15, assembling materials
    • James: 45, mounting
    • Jan: 120, engineering, mounting, hookup
    • Jan: 30, market value of second meter box

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