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Forum: Renovations & New Construction 10-17-20, 07:41 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 4,416
Posted By Mikesolar
fossil fuel free

Not sure where to put this so I stuck it here.

First, the 1958 house had a standard natural draft gas water heater (50% efficient if you are lucky), 1980 era SlantFin cast iron boiler (probably...
Forum: Solar Power 08-03-20, 06:06 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 27,730
Posted By antdun
***UPDATE 3 years later*** In late July 2019 I...

***UPDATE 3 years later***
In late July 2019 I added an additional 3,600 Watts of panels so now I have a 9.98 kW solar array and the power production is fantastic! If you'd like to see a YouTube...
Forum: Solar Heating 02-12-18, 09:19 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 5,747
Posted By bennelson
Materials cost was a bit high. Plexiglass...

Materials cost was a bit high.

Plexiglass was $120 a sheet (and I needed two 4'x8' sheets)
Lumber was on the pricey side too, but I was using NICE lumber which is pre-primed. That pre-primed is...
Forum: The Billiards Room 02-03-18, 12:53 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 12,617
Posted By NiHaoMike
Found this interesting article about Bitcoin...

Found this interesting article about Bitcoin mining:
http://cseweb.ucsd.edu/~mbtaylor/papers/Taylor_Bitcoin_IEEE_Computer_2017.pdf
Many of the basic concepts also apply to altcoin mining, except...
Forum: Solar Power 01-05-18, 06:36 PM
Replies: 157
Views: 57,684
Posted By MN Renovator
Topping is a bad idea because it causes 'water...

Topping is a bad idea because it causes 'water sprouts' to grow and actually make the tree expand more than if you were to not top it.

The proper way to handle it is to drop-crotch.
A Guide to...
Forum: Geothermal & Heat Pumps 01-03-18, 07:20 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 2,968
Posted By randen
Solar augmented mini split

Impressive build. Have a peek:

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=dmckigvz7Hg


Randen
Forum: Solar Power 01-02-18, 08:07 PM
Replies: 157
Views: 57,684
Posted By pinballlooking
I have to say I would top it off. you would...

I have to say I would top it off.
you would save more trees by doing it.:)
Forum: Solar Power 01-02-18, 04:43 PM
Replies: 157
Views: 57,684
Posted By antdun
I've been looking over our data it's interesting...

I've been looking over our data it's interesting how different our production is in a couple ways. Your roof appears to be a 4/12 and 3/12 pitch or something close to that whereas mine is 5/12. Also...
Forum: Conservation 01-01-18, 07:29 PM
Replies: 259
Views: 97,186
Posted By pinballlooking
Today was the first time we put gas in our car...

Today was the first time we put gas in our car since we bought it.
2,400 miles and it took 6.9 gallons. If you just take into account the gas miles only we got 42 mpg on gas alone.

We are at 87%...
Forum: Solar Power 08-02-17, 05:10 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 27,730
Posted By antdun
Post My DIY Solar Experience and Break Even Calculations

Last week my solar installation passed its final inspection, so now I'm only waiting on my local power company to install my net meter then I'll have "free" electricity from the sun for the next 25+...
Forum: Solar Power 06-13-17, 05:27 PM
Replies: 157
Views: 57,684
Posted By antdun
Thanks for the lessons learned! I think I'm good...

Thanks for the lessons learned! I think I'm good with not starting in the winter. ;)

I got a couple documents from my electrician to pull the permit from American Fork, but the majority of it I...
Forum: Solar Power 06-09-17, 11:15 PM
Replies: 157
Views: 57,684
Posted By antdun
I've read through this thread and thanks for all...

I've read through this thread and thanks for all the information! Just this week I finally succeeded in getting the permit to proceed with my solar installation from my city (they certainly didn't...
Forum: Solar Power 04-21-17, 12:42 PM
Replies: 745
Views: 291,495
Posted By pinballlooking
My system just went over four years old and we...

My system just went over four years old and we just hit 75 MW produced.
If you look at only electricity saving and nothing else. Then we are on track to have the system pay off at 5 years and a...
Forum: Conservation 04-06-17, 10:58 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 15,608
Posted By oil pan 4
in floor heating

A thermal image of my new bathroom in floor heating.
http://ecorenovator.org/forum/attachment.php?attachmentid=7712&stc=1&d=1491494265
Forum: Solar Power 03-26-17, 09:33 AM
Replies: 114
Views: 62,605
Posted By creeky
Hey randen, how'z the truck? Being off grid...

Hey randen, how'z the truck?

Being off grid I'm pretty energy thrifty. So I do have all LED. Along with a zigbee network that turns lights on and off with timers/sensors.

And I've been selling...
Forum: Conservation 03-05-17, 05:27 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 17,244
Posted By oil pan 4
I tried putting the go cart clutch on a 4 pole...

I tried putting the go cart clutch on a 4 pole motor and as I expected running the clutch at half speed would not engage the clutch at all.
I took the very strong spring out of the clutch and...
Forum: Conservation 02-22-17, 09:15 AM
Replies: 259
Views: 97,186
Posted By pinballlooking
We just hit 66K EV miles. Solar powered EV miles ...

We just hit 66K EV miles. Solar powered EV miles
I need to look at my tires they are not getting the mileage they claimed.
...
Forum: Solar Power 01-31-17, 07:19 PM
Replies: 745
Views: 291,495
Posted By pinballlooking
We actually had some rain this month. I am glad...

We actually had some rain this month. I am glad we really need it. But it has been our worst Feb solar month so far.
We used 939 KWH banked power.
We still have 1,495 KWH banked and we get zeroed...
Forum: Lawn and Garden 01-11-17, 10:35 AM
Replies: 858
Views: 272,197
Posted By pinballlooking
My AquaMax Dense 4000 order was canceled. I...

My AquaMax Dense 4000 order was canceled. I called the regional rep to try to get some ordered in for me.

Our Purina fish food comes from Gainesville GA distribution center. They don’t stock...
Forum: Geothermal & Heat Pumps 01-09-17, 08:19 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 2,406
Posted By Ron342
Careful with your choice of geo pipe!

Just finished a 100 ft geo hole (think showering in cold wet muddy water!) for a window unit extract water heater and learned something that may save you geo folks some $ and knuckles!
The hdpe pipe...
Forum: Solar Power 01-06-17, 07:38 PM
Replies: 157
Views: 57,684
Posted By where2
Indeed, both are true. The second is quite...

Indeed, both are true. The second is quite addicting. :thumbup:

Looking at my graphics, my panels are all up right around 1MWh per panel for lifetime accumulated power generation.
Forum: Solar Power 01-01-17, 11:01 AM
Replies: 157
Views: 57,684
Posted By oil pan 4
Correct, the dumb smart meters are programmed to...

Correct, the dumb smart meters are programmed to detect any power flow and count upwards.
Any power you generate that goes onto the power grid is counted as consumption and you pay for it as if you...
Forum: Solar Power 12-31-16, 11:53 AM
Replies: 157
Views: 57,684
Posted By where2
Exactly how my original unit behaved. Despite...

Exactly how my original unit behaved. Despite being capable of running two different tallies, my power company installed a completely different brand of smart meter when I received my net meter, and...
Forum: Solar Power 12-30-16, 05:55 PM
Replies: 157
Views: 57,684
Posted By where2
When the power company guy showed up to swap in...

When the power company guy showed up to swap in my net meter (back in 2013), 10 panels (half my array) were running in "testing" mode. I knew full well that any over-production was NOT spinning my...
Forum: Solar Power 12-29-16, 11:39 AM
Replies: 157
Views: 57,684
Posted By pinballlooking
AS long as you are good on the tax credits it...

AS long as you are good on the tax credits it will all fall into place.
Maybe some more testing needs to be done just to make sure everything is in working order.:)
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