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Forum: Conservation 02-26-21, 06:49 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 399
Posted By WillyP
I worked my way through college as an insulator....

I worked my way through college as an insulator. So I am a little Biased. But it is well worth the money to invest in insulating up to the local requirements. This is especially true if you plan on...
Forum: Conservation 02-26-21, 06:05 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 399
Posted By nibs
IMO insulation is like fun and money, you can...

IMO insulation is like fun and money, you can never have too much. The lid in my house is R70, we have no attic, but the snow does not melt unless the ambient temp is above freezing.
Forum: Lawn and Garden 02-02-21, 10:22 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 3,767
Posted By Acuario
I've finally finished (well, probably as finished...

I've finally finished (well, probably as finished as any homebrew project ever gets save the inevitable modifications!) the heating system for the greenhouse.

Typically January/February are the...
Forum: Solar Heating 02-02-21, 05:16 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,377
Posted By randen
Heating a slab for solar space heating

The utilization of solar heated hot water for heating a concrete slab for space heating is Nirvana!! On all accounts its a home run for: saving money, complexity, and comfort.

Here in Canada our...
Forum: Solar Heating 01-31-21, 05:52 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,377
Posted By IamIan
Conventional resistance electric hot water heater...

Conventional resistance electric hot water heater .. or .. heat pump hot water heater ?

Both use electricity .. can be powered by the solar / batteries.

But the heat pump option have 3 benefits...
Forum: Geothermal & Heat Pumps 01-19-21, 12:45 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 4,626
Posted By Acuario
I actually have my own designed board that I use...

I actually have my own designed board that I use - it is actually a slightly hacked board that I use for my thermostats but it has everything I need. It has the ESP-12 soldered onto the pcb - I just...
Forum: Tools 01-17-21, 07:37 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 967
Posted By pinballlooking
I have the compressor apart. It does not look...

I have the compressor apart. It does not look that bad. The cylinders look great.
https://ecorenovator.org/forum/attachment.php?attachmentid=9142&stc=1&d=1610930144...
Forum: Solar Heating 01-06-21, 08:39 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 634
Posted By solarhotairpanels
What you described above is exactly how mine is...

What you described above is exactly how mine is setup.
My collectors drop hot water down thru a coil inside my insulated preheat tank then back up to the collectors.

The water surrounding the...
Forum: Geothermal & Heat Pumps 01-03-21, 09:35 AM
Replies: 0
Views: 437
Posted By Zwerius
How our energy system performed over 2020

I thought you might like this:


https://i.postimg.cc/PxWWmj8s/sankeymatic-2300x1200-2020-English.png



For all details, you can take a look at my website.
It's in Dutch, but Google...
Forum: Conservation 01-02-21, 04:38 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 688
Posted By Piwoslaw
Piwoslaw's rain water system (underground tank)

Since April '20 we finally have a new rainwater system, much more permanent than the plastic barrels (https://ecorenovator.org/forum/showthread.php?t=1009) we've had for the last decade:)

We had a...
Forum: Solar Heating 12-27-20, 07:54 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 8,996
Posted By solarhotairpanels
Drainback system

Ok, sounds good and good luck with your new business.

Try to stick with 3/4 pipe because the water will drain back much faster with the larger diameter.

Haven't had any air issues corroding my...
Forum: Geothermal & Heat Pumps 12-25-20, 11:06 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 9,294
Posted By skyking
top of the triangle tube tank and much plumbing....

top of the triangle tube tank and much plumbing. Hot water from that tank is then fed to the 52 gallon hot water tank further into the house. One mistake:
There should be a second copper run to the...
Forum: Geothermal & Heat Pumps 12-25-20, 11:01 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 9,294
Posted By skyking
here is the ground loop end of things, the...

here is the ground loop end of things, the circulation pumps into the heat pump.
That was from that crawlspace I dug at the end of the geo installation.
https://i.postimg.cc/Pqx6pmKq/geo3.jpg
...
Forum: Solar Power 10-26-20, 06:07 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 641
Posted By mk1st
Finally up and running

I rebuilt my old crappy garage and reoriented the new one for full southern exposure. Took a while to get everything up and running because I was doing everything myself (except the final wiring...
Forum: Renovations & New Construction 10-26-20, 05:59 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,270
Posted By MN Renovator
I agree that you don't need a pile of attic...

I agree that you don't need a pile of attic venting, but you need some to allow the incidental moisture in winter to flow out. Moisture flows readily and usually it doesn't take much ventilation to...
Forum: The Billiards Room 08-24-20, 01:18 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,311
Posted By AC_Hacker
A Very Strong Parallel

I see a very strong parallel between this discussion, and many other discussions on EcoRenovator, regarding say, the building of a home, and what is the cheapest heat, etc., etc.

Many people begin...
Forum: Solar Heating 08-20-20, 12:21 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 7,525
Posted By menaus2
So its been about 3 months since my last update,...

So its been about 3 months since my last update, and overall the collector has worked great over the summer and have made some refinements also.

1. The reflectors have really helped out with the...
Forum: Conservation 08-11-20, 06:24 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,508
Posted By Wanna Beco
Sooooo... this month has been a true test of...

Sooooo... this month has been a true test of other mods I have been doing. Air sealing and using timers ETC. The results have been great. The Sense app lets me know when my kid leaves the bathroom...
Forum: The Billiards Room 08-11-20, 12:08 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,311
Posted By launboy
Resource Use for Renewables

I hope this isnít considered political and is in the right spot. Iím not posting it to start a debate, more to hear your guys thoughts on the article. Itís a piece written by someone who to me seems...
Forum: Geothermal & Heat Pumps 07-25-20, 10:15 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,573
Posted By MN Renovator
With absolute perfect efficiency and the heat...

With absolute perfect efficiency and the heat only being in contact with the snow to melt it, it takes 288,000BTU of heat to melt a ton of frozen water(snow in this case). If you've ever shoveled a...
Forum: Geothermal & Heat Pumps 07-20-20, 08:26 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 3,935
Posted By Elcam84
FYI the AC system in the average car is around 3...

FYI the AC system in the average car is around 3 tons. Some smaller some larger. For a van you will be on the larger end. So you would need 3+ tons of ice per hour to cool it...

So to keep...
Forum: Geothermal & Heat Pumps 07-10-20, 02:24 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,522
Posted By WyrTwister
The " blanket " around the compressor may also be...

The " blanket " around the compressor may also be for sound deadening ?

God bless
Wyr
Forum: Solar Power 07-05-20, 03:48 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,267
Posted By Piwoslaw
Piwoslaw's 2.7kW PV system

After years of thinking, reading, wanting, etc., we finally made the move!
Polish government created a financial incentive for PV systems, where homeowners can get up to 5000PLN (over 1100EUR) back...
Forum: Solar Power 07-03-20, 10:24 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,358
Posted By CrankyDoug
Perhaps I am missing something. You have solar...

Perhaps I am missing something. You have solar panels facing in two directions, mounted to a single pole such that a 5mph wind will result in rotational oscillation from vortex shedding. I estimate...
Forum: Geothermal & Heat Pumps 05-04-20, 04:50 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 4,500
Posted By Mikesolar
For my test rig, I sized a flat plate heat...

For my test rig, I sized a flat plate heat exchanger to the output of the HP and I have a pump with a flow meter so I can get proper readings. I am using the indoor coils electronics but changing the...
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