As the hype grows, I’ve been thinking about the solar eclipse today. Thanks to Waffle House, I found this handy map (see right) in case you want your eclipse viewing “Smothered & Covered”. I heard on the radio that Krispy Kreme was planning competing events. Chocolate Glaze! Unfortunately, Indiana will be mostly bypassed for the total eclipse. We’ll only get a side view, but that’s still something like 85% coverage.. That should still be cool and weather permitting, I’m sure I’ll step out side to check it out.
Picture of Sanford Stadium from ajc.com article
My friends around Atlanta are planning parties and events. Any excuse for a party and a day off work, right? The University of Georgia is planning a party in Sanford Stadium. (Article here) Do you tailgate for an eclipse? Knowing the Bulldogs (and I’m a UGA graduate, so I know of what I speak), the answer to that will be a resounding YES, Y’ALL!
Nest Thermostat asking to activate their eclipse rush hour savings
One of the other interesting tie-ins I saw was with the Nest thermostats. I chose to install one in my home. So far I’ve been pleased. More than similar devices, I have observed Nest really trying to make the green connection and not just personal energy cost savings. They send out a report on how many “leafs” you earn each month for energy savings along with a comparison to other Nest owners. There is a running total on their website showing their estimate of how many Kwh of energy that has been saved by their devices.
The tie-in to the eclipse is that in their blog, Nest repeats a report that suggests the solar eclipse, as it blocks out solar panels, will reduce green energy production by as much as 9,000 MW resulting in traditional systems coming back on line to pick up the slack. “At Nest, we think of these high-demand times on the energy grid as rush hours.” They suggest that if you opt in, their thermostats will automatically cool your home a little extra before the event so that it can reduce the load during the event. Personally I think that’s as much marketing as an actual need, but it’s still an interesting concept and it’s another reminder of how the Internet of Things continues to find new ways to work for us.
Maybe I’ll see you out in the semi-darkness today. I didn’t accept the invitation to go to Atlanta and get the full effect… <sigh> Looks like it’s going to be rainy/cloudy there anyway.
While I doubt this will be any kind of life changing event, it is one of those cool and rare physical phenomenons of which we should all take advantage. Hopefully for most of us it’s not literally a once-in-a-lifetime event, but it is pretty rare… And unlike most astronomical events, you don’t have to get up in the middle of the night to see it! Bonus!
Excerpted with permission from the Easterday Construction Blog