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Forum: Appliances & Gadgets 11-20-17, 07:04 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 3,908
Posted By medicdude
Another problem with this scenario is that it...

Another problem with this scenario is that it *could* give the grid operator excessive control over grid demand and be used to manipulate energy markets like in CA energy crisis.

And while its...
Forum: Forum News & Feedback 11-18-17, 12:57 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 21,201
Posted By medicdude
I can't seem to find a donate button, you guys...

I can't seem to find a donate button, you guys still need donations?

EDIT: and now magically it is there, weird, must have failed to load, but do you still need donations? Also do you post a...
Forum: Forum News & Feedback 11-18-17, 12:54 AM
Replies: 0
Views: 5,627
Posted By medicdude
Enable https forumwide

Hello admins,

You should really enable https forum wide so that ISPs stop scraping every post made by members to serve them targeted advertistments, and whatever else they do with that data. And...
Forum: Appliances & Gadgets 11-18-17, 12:47 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 3,908
Posted By medicdude
A lot of routers can broadcast two SSIDs, you...

A lot of routers can broadcast two SSIDs, you could click around in your router's firmware web-page to see if it has the capability, a lot of routers you can also flash with custom firmware to do...
Forum: Solar Power 11-17-17, 08:27 PM
Replies: 114
Views: 47,940
Posted By medicdude
You got any real prices comparisons or bench test...

You got any real prices comparisons or bench test data to back that up?

When I compared consumer wholesale prices a few years ago, Lead Acid was still a much better value for the power capacity...
Forum: Solar Power 11-17-17, 07:36 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,770
Posted By medicdude
If you are willing to pay for the install of all...

If you are willing to pay for the install of all connecting cabling you essentially have an 'off the grid' system and you can do it however your electrician wants, really. In this case you *should*...
Forum: Solar Power 11-17-17, 07:09 PM
Replies: 114
Views: 47,940
Posted By medicdude
Nothing should beat the cost-capacity of standard...

Nothing should beat the cost-capacity of standard Lead Acid batteries, they have been around the longest and should still be the cheapest for power capacity.

Unless you find something else at a...
Forum: Solar Power 11-17-17, 06:11 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,304
Posted By medicdude
200 dollars a month for a normal sized apartment...

200 dollars a month for a normal sized apartment seems absolutely insane, I pay on average 75 dollars a month and I have very expensive electricity and 100% electric heating.

You might have a...
Forum: Solar Power 11-17-17, 05:47 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,236
Posted By medicdude
The entirety of Roof installation, conduit...

The entirety of Roof installation, conduit installation and DC wire installation can easily be done DIY, you may need various permits to make these modifications to your roof/building.

I would...
Forum: Solar Power 11-17-17, 04:56 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,373
Posted By medicdude
Yeah cooling could be an issue for PV. Using...

Yeah cooling could be an issue for PV. Using reflected light to boost an existing thermal collector would not (significantly) increase losses to ambient, and could be a big advantage in northern...
Forum: Solar Power 11-17-17, 04:17 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,373
Posted By medicdude
Economical Reflector for Solar boosting/heliostats

What are the cheapest/most durable outdoor reflector options for use in boosting thermal solar and photovoltaics? This could be used for a tracking heliostat or for passive reflection during winter...
Forum: Lighting 11-17-17, 03:48 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 8,628
Posted By medicdude
I also had 60watt equivalent LEDs available at my...

I also had 60watt equivalent LEDs available at my local Goodwill store for 1 dollar, works great for my nightstand light. Apt complex maintains the rest of the lights in the unit sadly, still crappy...
Forum: Appliances & Gadgets 11-16-17, 07:04 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 6,186
Posted By medicdude
Yeah I think this is because no-one likes to wait...

Yeah I think this is because no-one likes to wait for bootup, but with a 500MB/sec SSD you can boot cold in about 5 seconds, I wait longer for bios and POST than I wait for windows to load up.

Do...
Forum: Appliances & Gadgets 11-16-17, 03:55 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 3,908
Posted By medicdude
While a good portion of your paranoia is valid...

While a good portion of your paranoia is valid here, I think you're over-doing it a little.

I do recommend you setup a secondary wifi or ethernet network for any devices like this, because they do...
Forum: Appliances & Gadgets 11-16-17, 01:36 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 2,541
Posted By medicdude
If they come out clean, they're clean. If...

If they come out clean, they're clean.

If you have really long hot water lines you might actually be wasting energy if its hooked up to the hot line, you'll just be heating the water line while...
Forum: Appliances & Gadgets 11-16-17, 01:23 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 4,534
Posted By medicdude
As I understand gas heat is about 1/3rd the price...

As I understand gas heat is about 1/3rd the price for electrical heat, obviously this depends a lot on your local prices, you will have to convert everything to the same heat units, BTU is pretty...
Forum: Appliances & Gadgets 11-16-17, 01:10 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 3,908
Posted By medicdude
You might be able to get savings from heating...

You might be able to get savings from heating during off-peak hours, but generally this is already done through some sort of variable tarriff system, common in EU and AUS but not so much in the USA....
Forum: Appliances & Gadgets 11-16-17, 12:52 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 6,186
Posted By medicdude
Lots of good info on toms hardware, it's my goto...

Lots of good info on toms hardware, it's my goto source, this page has comparisons of power consumption (I cant post links yet you can just google ryzen power usage)

Looks like they don't...
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