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Forum: Solar Power 06-13-14, 06:45 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 354
Posted By verdigo
Assuming a 12 volt 80 ah battery 10w /12v = .8...

Assuming a 12 volt 80 ah battery 10w /12v = .8 amp of charging capability in good full sun. Waaaaay under charging. That little solar panel is barely a battery maintainer, much less a charger. Using...
Forum: Appliances & Gadgets 06-02-14, 08:46 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 363
Posted By Servicetech
It takes more energy to make the ICE than th...

It takes more energy to make the ICE than th cooling provided by the "AC".
Forum: Appliances & Gadgets 06-02-14, 08:43 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 363
Posted By AC_Hacker
Colored streamers would be more better. -AC

Colored streamers would be more better.

-AC
Forum: Solar Power 04-28-14, 05:43 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,144
Posted By MN Renovator
With the low price of today's solar panels, keep...

With the low price of today's solar panels, keep in mind you'll be spending quite a bit more on the rest of what you need to have a legal grid tie that's done right.
Forum: Geothermal & Heat Pumps 04-23-14, 08:23 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,005
Posted By jeff5may
A common window air conditioner is perfect for...

A common window air conditioner is perfect for this type of conversion. You can do this without opening the refrigerant loop at all. Here's how:

Take the cover off of the unit. Figure out how to...
Forum: Solar Power 04-03-14, 11:01 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 455
Posted By ecomodded
some links that will help understand it and size...

some links that will help understand it and size it

Sizing batteries and inverters for a solar PV system | Bijli Bachao...
Forum: Conservation 03-18-14, 10:41 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 758
Posted By AC_Hacker
I saw a similar idea in a 1970's energy-saving...

I saw a similar idea in a 1970's energy-saving book...

The guy just got a coil of soft copper tubing (it already comes coiled up), and shaped it into a flat spiral which he put on the floor of his...
Forum: Conservation 03-17-14, 11:42 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 758
Posted By AC_Hacker
I did exactly the same thing with my tankless,...

I did exactly the same thing with my tankless, demand-style water heater about 10 years ago and it is working great, reducing the amount of energy being consumed all the while.

The one potential...
Forum: Solar Power 03-08-14, 11:52 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 816
Posted By ecomodded
I suspect you know NOTHING about electromagnetic...

I suspect you know NOTHING about electromagnetic energy and are just a overly caution individual - with No training in this field and even less understanding.
Forum: Renovations & New Construction 02-24-14, 01:06 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 527
Posted By Daox
I recently put Alpen (previously Serious Windows)...

I recently put Alpen (previously Serious Windows) fiberglass windows in my office and they are amazing (and their price is shocking as well, high not low). But they are very nice. I put in 725...
Forum: Conservation 02-23-14, 09:20 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 294
Posted By NiHaoMike
Infrared heat lamp. Put it on a dimmer and it...

Infrared heat lamp. Put it on a dimmer and it will last longer as well as let you fine tune the heat output.
Forum: Solar Power 02-18-14, 07:02 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 759
Posted By philb
Cost? about $3400 before rebates. During...

Cost? about $3400 before rebates.

During daylight, it should run everything except the electric hot water tank. But for now, I'm running lights and electric heaters in the winter and an air...
Forum: Solar Heating 02-17-14, 07:33 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 509
Posted By jfweaver
It looks like the company dropped off the planet...

It looks like the company dropped off the planet around 1985 when the solar tax credits ended (they may have lasted until 1988?). I don't think I'd spend that much on them all things considered.
...
Forum: Geothermal & Heat Pumps 02-13-14, 11:49 AM
Replies: 54
Views: 1,665
Posted By AC_Hacker
Temperature is only part of the issue. The...

Temperature is only part of the issue.

The other part is humidity. If you have a mechanism to actively extract moisture, you don't really need to raise the temperature at all.

I have been...
Forum: Appliances & Gadgets 02-04-14, 12:37 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 875
Posted By pinballlooking
Build your own EV charger. open-evse Open Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment (EVSE)

Ok let me start by saying it really is not a charger. All the EV vehicles have the chargers built in you just need to supply power and communication and safety to get it to charge your EV.

There...
Forum: Renovations & New Construction 02-03-14, 10:57 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 286
Posted By Daox
I would take out the plaster wall. Id tear it...

I would take out the plaster wall. Id tear it out and then extend the wall like I did with my office...
Forum: Conservation 01-30-14, 12:52 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,049
Posted By AC_Hacker
One of our posters came up with the concept that...

One of our posters came up with the concept that low humidity is caused by a furnace that runs too much which in turn will dry the air excessively.

The furnace runs too much because the house is...
Forum: Biofuels 01-24-14, 11:17 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 837
Posted By AC_Hacker
In the grand scheme of things, wood burning is as...

In the grand scheme of things, wood burning is as CO2 neutral as the natural decay of organic material in a forest.

-AC
Forum: Appliances & Gadgets 01-15-14, 08:29 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 380
Posted By ecomodded
My 15 year old Toastess kettle is dead quiet I...

My 15 year old Toastess kettle is dead quiet I cannot hear it as it heats up or when it boils (barely) all I really hear is the click of the button as it auto shuts off.
It has hardly any harmonic...
Forum: Solar Power 01-13-14, 07:27 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 841
Posted By Exeric
All the microinverters are tied in parallel on...

All the microinverters are tied in parallel on the roof and send 2 phase power through a 3 wire cable to the main electrical power and share 1 neutral (white) wire within that cable. I wasn't trying...
Forum: Lighting 12-22-13, 10:17 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 982
Posted By opiesche
DIY 3D printed recessed LED fixtures

[EDIT] sorry, some of the pictures are upside down.

So, the original 1980s light fixtures in our upstairs hallway have always bothered me a bit. They just look... well, so 1980s. Since I've built...
Forum: Renovations & New Construction 11-20-13, 09:46 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 410
Posted By wewantutopia
I'd say the BEST way to insulate a basement is...

I'd say the BEST way to insulate a basement is with rigid foam insulation on the EXTERIOR of the wall bringing the thermal mass of the foundation into the envelope...
Forum: Solar Power 11-06-13, 05:42 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 640
Posted By NiHaoMike
You can make a cheap grid interactive (not grid...

You can make a cheap grid interactive (not grid tie) inverter out of an old rackmount UPS (must be an old double conversion type and not a newer high rail or delta conversion type). Simply connect...
Forum: Appliances & Gadgets 10-11-13, 10:34 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 987
Posted By Daox
Cool product: Save A Watt TV standby killer (from kill a watt makers)

I had never heard of this, but it sounds like a good idea to me so I figured I'd post it up for you guys. I personally use my TV so little that the power strip stays unplugged for weeks at a time,...
Forum: Solar Power 09-19-13, 12:01 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 901
Posted By Daox
Ditto, even just for the financial side... that...

Ditto, even just for the financial side... that is over 14% ROI!!!
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