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Going Solar – Part 9: Joining the Smartgrid

A few days ago a postcard showed up in my mailbox advising me of an impending deadline for an energy storage incentive for households with installed solar arrays. Interested, but assuming it was a scam of some nature, I did … Continue reading

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Swamp Cooler 101

I’ve received a few questions about the process by which a swamp cooler takes hot air and water and creates cooler air rather than warmer water. The key process involved is evaporation, and a way to quantify this is through … Continue reading

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Going Solar – Part 8: Through the first year

It has now been 1 year since my system started producing electricity, which seems to be a good point to stop and look back over the data. System overview: The system is a 2.7 kW (DC) / 2.3 kW (AC) … Continue reading

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Going Solar – Part 7: Through the first cycle

Although my system wasn’t operational until late February of 2016, the planning for it really got underway at the end of 2015 and, since December marks the month with the shortest daylight period (and theoretically the lowest solar production), the … Continue reading

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Real Life Review: InstantPot IP-DUO60 Electric Pressure Cooker

For years a friend has been extolling the virtues of her electric bean cooker (essentially a slow cooker with a timer) , so I was sort-of in the market for one if I ever came across it.  Then one day … Continue reading

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Going Solar: Part 6 – The first MWh

67 days since going live and I’ve passed the 1 Megawatthour mark, even with a system which is smaller than desired. I’m glad I opted to go ahead and install the small capacity which the utility (SCE) allowed me to … Continue reading

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