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My Power Profile 1344 sq. ft. 4 people

Started this discussion. Last reply by Renewable Ray Nov 1, 2013. 13 Replies

This is my power usage since I got my first HF kit.House is 1344 sq. ft.  2x4 walls  4 people - two of them small, but they come with lots of laundry.All electric + woodstove - electric heat is used…Continue

Let's talk DC components - Breakers , Fuses, Disconnects.........

Started this discussion. Last reply by dave simmon Aug 31, 2013. 7 Replies

I'm interested in hearing what you guys are using between panels and batteries and panels to grid inverters.I have a friend who is an electrical apprentice and solar happens to be what they are…Continue

What Plug-In Grid Tie Inverters Have You Tried? What Are Your Experiences?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Mr. Noob Oct 25, 2012. 4 Replies

I have had two SUN 250s and a SUN 300 (which said 250 on the circuit board). I killed all of them. The 300 I think with too much voltage. The other two were overloaded.I now have a Greenergystar 400…Continue

Xantrex C35 Load Diversion and Multiple Controllers on the Same Bank

Started this discussion. Last reply by hoopty_yo Oct 20, 2012. 10 Replies

Well, I studied the instructions on how to wire the C35 charge controller for load diversion. Read it through…Continue

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hoopty_yo replied to Thomas Matica's discussion Diodes to Prevent Unwanted Battery Equalization Currents
"My first question is why would you have unequally charged batteries? The diagram has me confused too. EDIT: nevermind. Is this diagram showing two batteries? Are you concerned about voltage bleeding back into the charge controller?   As far as…"
Nov 5, 2013
Johann replied to hoopty_yo's discussion My Power Profile 1344 sq. ft. 4 people
"Most nominal 12 volt solar cells will put out between 17 volts to 18 volt, lets say 17.5 volts average. Now we have a 15 watt panel that has a amperage of 0.857 amps. 17.5 volts times 0.857 = 15 watts. Now we hook up this 15 watt panel via a regular…"
Oct 22, 2013
hoopty_yo replied to dave simmon's discussion Amorphous 24V Solar Panel 144 Watts
"This will require about 180 amps from the batteries (@ 12 volts)and a 240v output on the inverter. I don't know much about pumps, but I think running a DC pump to supplement the existing would be best. Possibly a direct connect setup that fills…"
Oct 20, 2013
Mr. Noob replied to hoopty_yo's discussion My Power Profile 1344 sq. ft. 4 people
"Correct me if I am wrong here but as for batteries it is amperage and not voltage and wattage...right?  Think about it...that's exactly how a battery charger works...amperage. If you had a couple small panels like the two 15w's you…"
Oct 20, 2013
hoopty_yo replied to hoopty_yo's discussion My Power Profile 1344 sq. ft. 4 people
"I checked the furnace a couple years ago for a way to run the fan. I have two wires from the thermostat :-(. At the furnace I have a large circuit board that everything was connected to. Can't remember what I was looking at now, but I…"
Oct 19, 2013
hoopty_yo replied to hoopty_yo's discussion My Power Profile 1344 sq. ft. 4 people
"I have not seen anything definitive yet as far as amorphous being better in low light. I have two 15 watt panels mainting some cars that sit (4 panels, two controllers, 2 batteries), and I saw 12.4 volts when I checked the panels. So that sucks. I…"
Oct 19, 2013
Johann replied to hoopty_yo's discussion My Power Profile 1344 sq. ft. 4 people
"We used to have an oil furnace and the manual fan switch was on the furnace itself. It was a white pull-push button the size of the pencil. If you would have such a switch, all you have to do is run a switch in parallel from the existing switch and…"
Oct 19, 2013
Ryan Paul Romero replied to hoopty_yo's discussion My Power Profile 1344 sq. ft. 4 people
"Curious is amorphous solar panel v/s mono crystalline. Being you have blanket hiding the sun, do the amorphous perform really perform better in the low light conditions? That is what I was always told, never had a experience to actually…"
Oct 19, 2013
hoopty_yo replied to hoopty_yo's discussion My Power Profile 1344 sq. ft. 4 people
"Also, our Summer temps don't get as hot up here. That may explain the lower bills. Usually high 70s to high 80s during the Summer peak with humidity a lot lower than normal for here.. odd things have happened though. It did get to 108 once a…"
Oct 18, 2013
hoopty_yo replied to hoopty_yo's discussion My Power Profile 1344 sq. ft. 4 people
"I've pondered the solar space heaters, but I don't know how much benefit I could get with no sun. There are weeks here when the sun isn't visible. (Olympia, WA area) At this moment, I have no idea where the sun is. Just a big gray…"
Oct 18, 2013
hoopty_yo replied to hoopty_yo's discussion My Power Profile 1344 sq. ft. 4 people
"Wood stove only works for a few hours at a time and there is no way to circulate the heat through other parts of the house.  Electric heat is used to cover temperature drops overnight or when we aren't home during the day. If it is 60 or…"
Oct 18, 2013
Mr. Noob replied to hoopty_yo's discussion My Power Profile 1344 sq. ft. 4 people
"Solar space heaters are really easy to build and do a decent job depending on the design/material used. I plan to use them on my new micro house when I get it built and have a small wood stove for the night time heat. I just figured after reading…"
Oct 18, 2013
Raymond Dias replied to hoopty_yo's discussion My Power Profile 1344 sq. ft. 4 people
"If the power usage in winter is due to the electric supplemental heat you might want to look at investing in insulation. You might also look at a solar space heater designs Solar DIY Space Heating Projects "
Oct 18, 2013
Mr. Noob replied to hoopty_yo's discussion My Power Profile 1344 sq. ft. 4 people
"Hoopty, What are you doing to have your usage in the 12 & 1300kwh range Jan-April? is your wood stove just not able to keep up then? If not please explain why. Is it the design of the house, the size of the stove or other factors? Please tell me…"
Oct 17, 2013
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My Power Profile 1344 sq. ft. 4 people

This is my power usage since I got my first HF kit.House is 1344 sq. ft.  2x4 walls  4 people - two of them small, but they come with lots of laundry.All electric + woodstove - electric heat is used as supplement2 window AC units used in SummerShop has (12)4ft 2-tube fluorescent lights, about 750 watts, and a 5 HP compressor. Solar is 995w of mixed panels, 4 golf cart batteries, 850 rated grid tie. Batteries are used in Summer for TV/Sat, tried fridge this year, but didn't keep up all nights.…See More
Oct 17, 2013
hoopty_yo replied to Dave Bryant's discussion DM 158 watt Monocrystalline Solar Panel
"I think they would work best if they were the same, but I haven't had any issues. My BZ MPPT controllers are factory set at 14.1 float, my Xantrex C35 is adjustable as is the Chinese PWM I am using. I just try to set them close to each…"
Oct 11, 2013

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