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Forum: Conservation 11-14-12, 12:20 PM
Replies: 44
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Posted By Xringer
Yeah, if you use 120vac, you can use a cheap...

Yeah, if you use 120vac, you can use a cheap timer.
The best one I've used lately is this model....
Forum: Conservation 11-14-12, 09:25 AM
Replies: 44
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Posted By Xringer
I don't use the 4.5kW elements, I just tested...

I don't use the 4.5kW elements, I just tested them, using 120vac.
I only use the A7 ASHP to heat my hotwater. Which is super efficient. <1kWh per day .

I do use some resistive electrical heating...
Forum: Conservation 11-13-12, 07:46 PM
Replies: 44
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Posted By Xringer
Hi Ferg, I installed a new GE hotwater heater...

Hi Ferg,
I installed a new GE hotwater heater this summer. I think it also has 4500w elements.

But, I got it for my A7 Airtap ASHP project and didn't plan to use the 4.5kW power hog mode at all....
Forum: Conservation 05-02-12, 11:45 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 40,074
Posted By Xringer
It's been 95 days and today the oil truck was...

It's been 95 days and today the oil truck was here again!
45.3 gallons ($3.69/gal) is 0.477 gallons per day. Pretty close to our goal of 1/2 gallon.

In the fall, when I did the burner...
Forum: Conservation 01-28-12, 09:38 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 40,074
Posted By Xringer
50.7 gallon oil fill..

It's been 73 days, and we just had a visit from the Oil truck! He Pumped in 50.7 gallons.
@ $3.49 quick-pay-discount, is $176.94
50.7 / 73 = 0.6945 gallons a day, which is only a tad high....
Forum: Conservation 11-17-11, 11:25 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 40,074
Posted By Xringer
Today we had the (late) Fall Fill-up.. 80.7...

Today we had the (late) Fall Fill-up.. 80.7 gallons @ $3.59 = $281.64 (after QPD).

Since the last fill up on 02-02-11, It's been 288 days or 9 months, 15 days.
That equals 0.28 gallons a day.?....
Forum: Conservation 09-12-11, 02:16 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 40,074
Posted By Xringer
I'll bet a lot of Entergy customers do the wash...

I'll bet a lot of Entergy customers do the wash at night.. :)
Forum: Conservation 09-08-11, 09:37 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 40,074
Posted By Xringer
"9-7AM off-peak off-peak".. That's a big window...

"9-7AM off-peak off-peak".. That's a big window of low cost power!

Working people who shower before bedtime could have it come on at 9PM.
Those who shower in the AM could have it come on early in...
Forum: Conservation 09-04-11, 09:45 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 40,074
Posted By Xringer
Home heating oil is around $4 a gallon right now,...

Home heating oil is around $4 a gallon right now, but since we are timed to be only burning
0.5 gal per day, $2 for hot water isn't that bad of a deal. :o But Solar HW is starting to look better...
Forum: Conservation 12-12-10, 11:45 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 40,074
Posted By Xringer
Our boiler has a 76 gallon water jacket, and once...

Our boiler has a 76 gallon water jacket, and once it's heated up in the morning,
it can provide enough hot water for our daily needs. And it's even hotter
if there is some solar assist. :)
...
Forum: Conservation 12-11-10, 01:26 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 40,074
Posted By Xringer
Yeah, you're right. That small piece of tape in...

Yeah, you're right. That small piece of tape in the photo says "4.5 turns".
But, that's a really slow flow. Of course I was in a hurry and cranked it up about 8 turns..

I'll have to see if 4.75...
Forum: Conservation 12-11-10, 08:28 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 40,074
Posted By Xringer
I'm acclimated!!!

It was chilly yesterday but got up to 25F about noon time.
Weather history here. Weather Station History : Weather Underground...
Forum: Conservation 12-09-10, 05:49 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 40,074
Posted By Xringer
Using the left-over heat in the left-over hot water

The burner has been bringing up the water to 170 in less than 1/2 hour.
Seem like 15 or 20 minutes on some mornings. I don't like those short cycles.

And, since the nights are getting down in the...
Forum: Conservation 11-06-10, 11:22 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 40,074
Posted By Xringer
Burning oil

We didn't burn much oil during summer 2010. We got our Fall fill-up last week, 78 gallons. ($2.59 per gallon)

Since April 29, (until Nov,3) we used both the manual control & the timer.
6 months,...
Forum: Conservation 09-09-10, 11:29 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 40,074
Posted By Xringer
It's actually going to use more oil, now that we...

It's actually going to use more oil, now that we are off the manual-mode.
Using on-demand with the switch is just too inconvenient for us.
And, washing your hands during the day with cold water...
Forum: Conservation 09-08-10, 07:07 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 40,074
Posted By Xringer
Update:

The timer has been installed a few days now and my wife gave it the :thumbup:

With the oil burner running 20 to 30 minutes at 7:30 every morning,
and the Solar PV adding some heat during the...
Forum: Conservation 09-05-10, 08:09 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 40,074
Posted By Xringer
A timer might help a little. Even with good...

A timer might help a little. Even with good insulation, it might turn on at 1AM
to keep the tank hot all night.
If you could keep it from coming on between 10 PM & 5 AM, you might save some...
Forum: Conservation 09-05-10, 10:59 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 40,074
Posted By Xringer
I was just thinking about the advantages of using...

I was just thinking about the advantages of using a timer with an electric water heater.
If you know the KW used and your timer setting, you can calculate the absolute maximum cost to heat your...
Forum: Conservation 09-05-10, 10:30 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 40,074
Posted By Xringer
That's a lot of juice! Maybe you could disconnect...

That's a lot of juice! Maybe you could disconnect the top heater and just
use the bottom one. The lines to the temperature switch removed?
For current like that, perhaps both NO contacts could run...
Forum: Conservation 09-04-10, 10:10 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 40,074
Posted By Xringer
It works!!

It works pretty well. Installed it early this morning (00:30) and it came on at 07:30 and heated up the storage water (76 gallons) to about 145 dF.

Wiring was pretty simple, only 3 wires. Hot and...
Forum: Conservation 09-03-10, 04:37 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 40,074
Posted By Xringer
For summer, I was thinking of running it for 1/2...

For summer, I was thinking of running it for 1/2 hour around 8AM.
Since the boiler will be cool after a night of being off, it should run 1/2 hour,
unless it hits max temperature before the timer...
Forum: Conservation 09-03-10, 04:07 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 40,074
Posted By Xringer
Water heater improvement (Timer)

GE 15207 timer was $38 at Home Depot.

http://waterheatertimer.org/images/GE-15207-indoor-outdoor.jpg

http://waterheatertimer.org/15087-15207-56922-Manual-eng.pdf

Before installing this...
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