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Forum: Powering the Yurt 12-18-2015, 06:25 PM
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Posted By hierony
Re: question about solar power!

Lead acid batteries are very strange--how much you get out of them depends on how many amps you draw and how deeply you discharge them. It used to be said you'd only get 200 or such discharge cycles,...
Forum: Powering the Yurt 05-13-2015, 09:55 PM
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Posted By hierony
Re: question about solar power!

The ID plate on the freezer says it draws 5 amps, so that'd make for about 600 watts; I'd need better tools to give a more definitive answer. Some sheets suggest it'll be running at 80-100 watts...
Forum: Powering the Yurt 05-13-2015, 07:17 PM
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Posted By hierony
Re: question about solar power!

The public library in my town has an Energy Efficiency Kit that can be checked out--it consists of a little info pamphlet, a blank table, and a Kill-o-Watt meter. The meter measures the power (watts)...
Forum: Powering the Yurt 02-06-2015, 02:04 PM
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Posted By hierony
Re: question about solar power!

That works out to about a 4-8 watt average over a day (depends on fridge vs freezer, size). Looks like most fridges/freezers come out to 40 watts or more average power. Of course, that's for large...
Forum: Powering the Yurt 02-03-2015, 11:13 PM
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Posted By hierony
Re: question about solar power!

I like that EarthEasy setup--they did a really good job minimizing their power consumption and keeping things simple. Those Sundazer fridges/freezers are expensive though!
Forum: Powering the Yurt 02-03-2015, 08:04 PM
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Posted By hierony
Re: question about solar power!

1200 watts doesn't sound too bad. From the maps, it looks like Cali gets 2.5-3.75 hrs good sun during the winter. This'd give 1200 W*2.5 hr=3000 Whr. For the battery bank, you'd need 3000 Whr/12...
Forum: Powering the Yurt 02-01-2015, 01:13 PM
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Views: 10,207
Posted By hierony
Re: question about solar power!

You can also think of it as paying for electricity for the next decade or two or three upfront. A $5k system amortized over 15 years would be something like $28/month, less if your system lasts...
Forum: Powering the Yurt 01-31-2015, 11:31 PM
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Posted By hierony
Re: question about solar power!

As Jafo said, it depends. How many hours do you want to run each device each day? Where are you and do you have a good southern exposure? Do you need reserve capacity for multiple rainy/cloudy days?...
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