Wayne from FAW Electrical, who had originally hooked up the power for us came back and added an extra meter to measure the electricity we export to the grid. Unfortunately we missed out on the government feed in tariffs for solar electricity generation, so we have what they call net metering. This means that if we use electricity we have generated it is not recorded on either meter. If we generate more than we use this is exported to the grid and recorded on the export meter and when we use electricity at night or when we are not generating enough electricity to cover our needs we use electricity from the grid and this is recorded on the normal import meter.
John the renderer only had half a day to work on the rendering and got one of the internal walls of the front bedroom done. The timber window reveals that has been set 10mm in from the hemp walls provided good render stops and the avoidance of having to use trim around all the windows gave the simple unfussy look we are after. Rendering down to the slab and up to the ceiling and creating neat edges at these joints was a bit more time consuming.
As the wall dried it began to look a bit patchy. this is probably because of the slightly different moisture in the walls making the render dry at a different rate. We are not concerned as we watched this process on the render on the inside of the wardrobe and it dried to an even colour. The week of solid rain that the occurred immediately before the rendering of this wall probably made everything a bit moister than normal.
|Partially dry render a week after being done
|Windows taped up ready for rendering
|Casting an odd green light