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Forum: Geothermal & Heat Pumps 07-25-20, 09:15 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 496
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: Appliances & Gadgets 04-10-20, 02:58 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,315
Posted By MN Renovator
I considered getting an Ecobee for the data...

I considered getting an Ecobee for the data logging function but was put off by the price. My current thermostat has an 'energy' button that counts the run-time based on when it is calling for heat...
Forum: Tools 01-15-20, 08:14 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,514
Posted By MN Renovator
A better and cheaper option is to get ethanol...

A better and cheaper option is to get ethanol free gas if you can in your area.
www.pure-gas.org
If that isn't available see if you can find UL94, which is the unleaded version of aviation fuel,...
Forum: Geothermal & Heat Pumps 01-01-20, 10:28 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,135
Posted By MN Renovator
I think you'll find the price difference between...

I think you'll find the price difference between energy star 2 pane windows and 3 pane windows R5 to be high but could be worth it, but aiming for glazing that is R9 or higher might be very cost...
Forum: Geothermal & Heat Pumps 11-20-19, 11:28 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,451
Posted By MN Renovator
OP, If you are looking to use R290 because you...

OP, If you are looking to use R290 because you think you can't buy the R410A, that's not true. You can buy it almost as easily as buying a can of R134A for a car, just from a different place than...
Forum: Solar Power 11-01-19, 08:20 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 3,312
Posted By MN Renovator
PVwatts let's you put the details to see what you...

PVwatts let's you put the details to see what you gain or lose when changing things like direction and roof angle for your location.

https://pvwatts.nrel.gov
Forum: Renovations & New Construction 06-01-19, 04:19 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 810
Posted By MN Renovator
Insulated studs

I was watching this video on Youtube by Matt Risinger where he is talking about insulated studs.

They are to replace 2x6 or 2x8 wood studs with what is essentially 3x6 or 3x8 studs. Looking at the...
Forum: Geothermal & Heat Pumps 03-25-19, 02:45 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,126
Posted By MN Renovator
Intermittent connection or it might need voltage...

Intermittent connection or it might need voltage to bridge a gap and start an arc. At lease you've figured out which side of the branch is causing the dead short allowing you to leave it disconnected...
Forum: Appliances & Gadgets 08-08-18, 11:00 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,659
Posted By MN Renovator
$2600 for what type of unit though, a 13 SEER...

$2600 for what type of unit though, a 13 SEER builder grade unit without high/low pressure switches? The cost to install also usually will need a new 240v electric run with disconnect box to the...
Forum: Conservation 04-11-18, 10:38 AM
Replies: 95
Views: 13,315
Posted By MN Renovator
That's the Jan 2017 link, here's a newer update...

That's the Jan 2017 link, here's a newer update for April 2018
https://insideevs.com/top-6-automakers-200000-federal-tax-credit-limit/
Forum: Solar Power 03-20-18, 04:29 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,783
Posted By MN Renovator
The federal tax incentives as well as my local...

The federal tax incentives as well as my local utility production based incentives(an additional 8 cents per kwh for 10 years) required that I installed new panels.

How much cheaper would you...
Forum: Appliances & Gadgets 02-14-18, 07:42 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 4,225
Posted By MN Renovator
..maybe not in an electric water heater but in a...

..maybe not in an electric water heater but in a gas water heater, the heat that isn't absorbed into the tank ends up leaving through the central tube on the top. Usually along with some popping,...
Forum: Solar Power 01-05-18, 06:36 PM
Replies: 157
Views: 32,097
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: Conservation 12-20-17, 03:09 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,524
Posted By MN Renovator
I got it from Menards. This is the same one I...

I got it from Menards.
This is the same one I bought....
Forum: Conservation 12-20-17, 01:03 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,524
Posted By MN Renovator
I bought a Delta Breez for about $60. 80cfm, uses...

I bought a Delta Breez for about $60. 80cfm, uses only about 12 watts, rated for continuous use, 0.8 sones. You can hear it but most of the noise you hear is the air it is moving. Uses 4" duct....
Forum: Appliances & Gadgets 11-13-17, 12:06 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 3,131
Posted By MN Renovator
I'd take the $150. The main sticky point that I...

I'd take the $150. The main sticky point that I read was the "It can also be used to help the grid absorb extra energy when needed." ..which means it will heat beyond the set temperature causing...
Forum: Solar Power 10-03-17, 11:39 AM
Replies: 110
Views: 17,102
Posted By MN Renovator
The contract is for 10 years, where I get 8 cents...

The contract is for 10 years, where I get 8 cents per kwh more than the net metering that I already get for selling them my M-RETS(Midwest Renewable Energy Tracking System) credits. I don't think I'm...
Forum: Solar Power 10-01-17, 08:14 PM
Replies: 110
Views: 17,102
Posted By MN Renovator
I just realized that I missed a few of the posts...

I just realized that I missed a few of the posts about Solaredge because I was off on a vacation at the end of August.

I have had my Solaredge system since my system was installed in November...
Forum: Conservation 09-07-17, 01:02 PM
Replies: 255
Views: 48,097
Posted By MN Renovator
Here is an article about the 400,000 mile Volt ...

Here is an article about the 400,000 mile Volt
This Chevy Volt Has 400,000 Miles On Odometer With No Noticeable Battery Degradation...
Forum: Appliances & Gadgets 06-22-17, 05:13 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 11,180
Posted By MN Renovator
81 degrees 40% RH and 63 degrees with 75% RH...

81 degrees 40% RH and 63 degrees with 75% RH would be the same amount of moisture in the air. By turning on mechanical ventilation, you aren't reducing moisture content in the air. You are just...
Forum: Geothermal & Heat Pumps 03-01-17, 04:06 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,794
Posted By MN Renovator
Less airflow over the coil will cause a few...

Less airflow over the coil will cause a few things to happen.

1. The temperature rise over the coil will be higher because less heat is being carried away from the coil.
2. The higher temperature...
Forum: Appliances & Gadgets 12-15-16, 06:14 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,078
Posted By MN Renovator
I used to live in a house built in 1990 that had...

I used to live in a house built in 1990 that had a Whirlpool oven that used a piezo ignition. It would click for about a minute, wait another minute to prove the flame, then the burner came on. ...
Forum: Solar Power 10-30-16, 01:37 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,980
Posted By MN Renovator
"About $1500 - $2000 per roofing "square" (100 sq...

"About $1500 - $2000 per roofing "square" (100 sq feet).
Roof cost of ~ $50,000 for a 2500 sq ft home."

That is much more expensive than my reroof I had a few years ago before installing solar....
Forum: Solar Power 10-22-16, 09:49 AM
Replies: 157
Views: 32,097
Posted By MN Renovator
I also have a SolarEdge system. Mine is a bit...

I also have a SolarEdge system. Mine is a bit smaller 12 280 watt modules with the 3kw inverter. The Max output for the inverter is placarded at 3,300 watts but I've actually seen 3,480 watts on my...
Forum: Solar Power 10-16-16, 04:03 AM
Replies: 157
Views: 32,097
Posted By MN Renovator
It wouldn't be 1.5x the return. I considered...

It wouldn't be 1.5x the return.
I considered this when I bought my solar system and mine doesn't beat the stock market.
If I consider a conservative average annual return for the total US stock...
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