This is not strictly a Sense shout out but hopefully the community has some thoughts:
Just moved in to a new property with a large house (built in 1940, 6 times the size of our NYC apartment) that has a bad-for-solar roof (wrong orientation and big mature tree shade). Meanwhile there are a number of areas within the 2 acres that lend themselves to ground-mounted solar possibilities. Meanwhile meanwhile, sometime next year we’re going to start building a shed style structure (a studio/workshop) that can be optimally placed and sized for solar. Probably 2023 before that comes online.
We have a 300 gallon oil tank supplying a boiler that provides hydronic heat. No town natural gas possible. A propane tank install is possible. A couple of open fireplaces that could get an insert or efficient stove. Firewood is potentially free so we would avoid pellets.
Power outages are not uncommon.
A propane or dual fuel generator seems like a good idea but a solar solution (with batteries) would make me happier.
I installed a Sense the day we moved in and detection is going smoothly. A key factor is that I will use Dedicated Circuit Monitoring to assess what the boiler circuit (hardwired on it’s own breaker) will need to be kept running in winter to provide heat so that plus the fridge, internet gear and a few lights will establish the minimum wattage for the generator.
The boiler also provides the domestic hot water. There is no existing other source of hot water but my thought is to install an HPWH to run in summer months and as a winter backup before migrating from the oil boiler.
Eventually an air or ground-source heat pump seems like the best heating/cooling solution but ideally it would be air-to-water and not air-to-air so would use the radiators as the distribution system.
So the question is: What would you do?