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    question do any of you use it. I was thinking of getting a small set up to power computer phone charger maybe even fridge for when we have hurricane as they cut our power due to fear of surge

    ave time with out has been 5 days I use my propane generator for about 6 hrs a day to keep freezer froze and do any heavy stuff like elevator

    #2
    We don't have solar, but due to frequent power outages due to weather, we got a natural gas generator that kicks in automatically. Since we've gotten it, we've only had one short outage.

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      #3
      Is tesla powerwall still a thing? Might be easier to just use one of those to store up the power you need. No idea how long one would run a fridge though.

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        #4
        Originally posted by funklab View Post
        Is tesla powerwall still a thing? Might be easier to just use one of those to store up the power you need. No idea how long one would run a fridge though.
        before I would spend that kinda money I would go whole house generator

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          #5
          In order to power a fridge for 12 hours (night time) you would need a very large battery system, with a big solar array to charge it.

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            #6
            Out of curiosity, I've looked in the whole house generators. One would certainly solve the problem power outages, does not solve the problem of how much they cost. Estimates were in the $12-13 thousand dollar range, not includiing the concrete pad which would have tto be made for it.
            Alan

            Proofread carefully to see if you any words out.

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              #7
              My parents installed one that could power 3 separate zones of their house separately; you had to switch it between zones, but that worked for them, as they could switch off the kitchen zone to use the bedroom zone (ceiling track lift, adjustable bed, bathroom lights) and then switch the kitchen zone back on to keep the refrigerator running. Theirs cost less than $1000 (without installation). My dad was an EE, and installed it himself.

              (KLD)
              The SCI-Nurses are advanced practice nurses specializing in SCI/D care. They are available to answer questions, provide education, and make suggestions which you should always discuss with your physician/primary health care provider before implementing. Medical diagnosis is not provided, nor do the SCI-Nurses provide nursing or medical care through their responses on the CareCure forums.

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                #8
                kld solar or propane generator I had whole house in ga it was about 5700 it was12k my son has it now I have a propane portable that is 5000 but I want solar to power computors I use portable for elevator and freezer and whatever else I need I run it about 6 hrs a day

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                  #9
                  I was considering it for the house I was building by the initial cost is prohibitive to me at this point. For small things I’m not really sure the benefit is there enough

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                    #10
                    Been living off grid, here in the desert southwest since Feb of last year 2018. I have 3x 270 watt panels, 25 amp pwm charge controller, a 1000w inverter in a 24volt system with 4x 100ah marine batteries- flooded lead acid, a 3500 watt generator for tool power and back up to recharge my batteries on cloudy days. I drive my power chair out to the panels and have wired it so I can add/plug the batteries into the bank for recharging daily/ every few days, as the need arises. I use solar rechargeable led lights inside and out to see when I do not have my 2 110v bulbs on inside. Run my computers/hughes net dish/fota dish and tvs/monitors from the inverter. I have ham radios that I run from 3 lawn mower batts that are recharged by 4x 12v el cheapo panels my neighbor brought over when I first moved here, he is also a ham operator. The real key is learning not to WASTE power. Your refrigerator/freezer doesn't need to 'run' full time. You turn them on and off as needed, by hand. Efficiency/insulation/design is key. Vertical cold storage is wasteful. Horizontal is best as cold air sinks, ie, when you open the door, all the cold air doesn't 'fall out'. I use no refrig/freezer nor ac. If you can't hack the heat, get out of the kitchen I use a little buddy propane heater for heat. I went until Dec 7 w/o heat until I installed my insulation panels myself, in my 40ft container.

                    https://www.facebook.com/john.baxter.1213986

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                      #11
                      Originally posted by CapnGimp View Post
                      Been living off grid, here in the desert southwest since Feb of last year 2018. I have 3x 270 watt panels, 25 amp pwm charge controller, a 1000w inverter in a 24volt system with 4x 100ah marine batteries- flooded lead acid, a 3500 watt generator for tool power and back up to recharge my batteries on cloudy days. I drive my power chair out to the panels and have wired it so I can add/plug the batteries into the bank for recharging daily/ every few days, as the need arises. I use solar rechargeable led lights inside and out to see when I do not have my 2 110v bulbs on inside. Run my computers/hughes net dish/fota dish and tvs/monitors from the inverter. I have ham radios that I run from 3 lawn mower batts that are recharged by 4x 12v el cheapo panels my neighbor brought over when I first moved here, he is also a ham operator. The real key is learning not to WASTE power. Your refrigerator/freezer doesn't need to 'run' full time. You turn them on and off as needed, by hand. Efficiency/insulation/design is key. Vertical cold storage is wasteful. Horizontal is best as cold air sinks, ie, when you open the door, all the cold air doesn't 'fall out'. I use no refrig/freezer nor ac. If you can't hack the heat, get out of the kitchen I use a little buddy propane heater for heat. I went until Dec 7 w/o heat until I installed my insulation panels myself, in my 40ft container.
                      I want to pick ur brain more I don/t use ac unless its dripping moisture I live on coast of fl my power bill ave 100.00 a month but when we have hurricane that's when I use my propane for elevator as I am 19 feet in air and run freezer 6 hrs a day propane cook stove but I really would like computer to read and work fyi quad

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                        #12
                        My house has a whole house generator running off of natural gas which cost between three to $4000, the majority of the cost rewiring the panel.

                        Did not get one to run the whole house and have a small house (1200 ft.?) however, it will run everything at the same time, except the washer and dryer, including central AC and my computer network. :-)

                        You just need to get by for 3 to 7 days, not forever, so make sure you run a cost-benefit ratio when talking about what really needs to be powered for emergenciesif you're spending $10,000 plus.

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                          #13
                          Originally posted by CapnGimp View Post
                          Been living off grid, here in the desert southwest since Feb of last year 2018. I have 3x 270 watt panels, 25 amp pwm charge controller, a 1000w inverter in a 24volt system with 4x 100ah marine batteries- flooded lead acid, a 3500 watt generator for tool power and back up to recharge my batteries on cloudy days. I drive my power chair out to the panels and have wired it so I can add/plug the batteries into the bank for recharging daily/ every few days, as the need arises. I use solar rechargeable led lights inside and out to see when I do not have my 2 110v bulbs on inside. Run my computers/hughes net dish/fota dish and tvs/monitors from the inverter. I have ham radios that I run from 3 lawn mower batts that are recharged by 4x 12v el cheapo panels my neighbor brought over when I first moved here, he is also a ham operator. The real key is learning not to WASTE power. Your refrigerator/freezer doesn't need to 'run' full time. You turn them on and off as needed, by hand. Efficiency/insulation/design is key. Vertical cold storage is wasteful. Horizontal is best as cold air sinks, ie, when you open the door, all the cold air doesn't 'fall out'. I use no refrig/freezer nor ac. If you can't hack the heat, get out of the kitchen I use a little buddy propane heater for heat. I went until Dec 7 w/o heat until I installed my insulation panels myself, in my 40ft container.
                          This sounds pretty awesome. Are you saying you converted a shipping container into your house? I've thought a lot about that, and while it's not feasible for me in the foreseeable future, I do appreciate the way it leans toward minimalism and living in small spaces.

                          If you do live in a 40' container, is that enough room? I've lived in a 400 sf apartment relatively comfortably, but by my calculations a 40 foot container is even smaller and because it's so linear it seems like having a "hallway" or path through the container would eat up so much of the space in the container. I guess if you're on a bit of land and you've got some outside space to work with it's a lot different than being in a skinny tiny apartment where there is no real usable outside.

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                            #14
                            Originally posted by SCI-Nurse View Post
                            My parents installed one that could power 3 separate zones of their house separately; you had to switch it between zones, but that worked for them, as they could switch off the kitchen zone to use the bedroom zone (ceiling track lift, adjustable bed, bathroom lights) and then switch the kitchen zone back on to keep the refrigerator running. Theirs cost less than $1000 (without installation). My dad was an EE, and installed it himself.

                            (KLD)
                            Life is cushy with an in-house EE! My dad was, too.

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                              #15
                              Originally posted by Cris View Post
                              My house has a whole house generator running off of natural gas which cost between three to $4000, the majority of the cost rewiring the panel.

                              Did not get one to run the whole house and have a small house (1200 ft.?) however, it will run everything at the same time, except the washer and dryer, including central AC and my computer network. :-)

                              You just need to get by for 3 to 7 days, not forever, so make sure you run a cost-benefit ratio when talking about what really needs to be powered for emergenciesif you're spending $10,000 plus.
                              I am no way spending that kind of money my generator was 746.00 portable 5000 it runs everything I need but I just want to have something to run computer so I can work and read my main concern and my generator does good is my elevator as I have no way out with out it 19 feet in air and my freezer.

                              but I really want picture of his house would love to know more if not to nosey

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