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Old 04-26-2013, 01:19 PM   #2416
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3 more panels mounted, Thanks Greg for the help! Rain predicted over the next couple days so it will take some time to see the difference. I did a little budget check and I think I can get 2 more panels to catch the later days rays. Campbell came over and we all ended up sitting on the roof and had a couple beers in sun. Good time and great progress. Great vantage point from the top of the roof. People driving by were looking up and I'm not sure what they were thinking. 3 guys with beer sitting on a roof just hanging out?? Here's a couple pic's. dorf dude...
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We had overcast conditions yesterday but it got bright enough for the solar to make a peak of 1046 watts. Not too shabby. Every little bit helps me not pay the power company at the end of the year. I've been needing a rain gutter over the top of the door on the tent. After some thought I glued a board above the door to the tent frame. I re purposed a florescent fixture for the job. It is glued and screwed, water tight. I started to knock down the little wall off the barn. Man did they use some good mortar. I thought it was going to be an easy job. Once I get it down then a Bobcat can fit through and remove all the extra dirt I have up behind the tent. Get it leveled out and grass planted. Here are a couple pic's. dorf dude...
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You pay your electric bill once a year?
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Old 04-28-2013, 01:06 AM   #2419
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You pay your electric bill once a year?
I pay monthly with a yearly reading of the meter. They base my monthly costs on the yearly usage. Having the panels kick my meter backwards this year should reduce my monthly payments next year.
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I kept a first time measurement on my power meter on 14 Apr, it read 4582. Today is 1 May and I have a reading of 4590. That is 8 kw over 2 weeks. At 26 cents a kw I've only used 2.08 Euro more than I have produced . We have not had sunny summer weather. Many rainy days. I watch a big plasma tv every night, make coffee, pellet stove runs every night, laptop, lights, hot water pumps ect... I'm the dorf dude and I endorse this product!! I'm not sure if I need more panels come summer. Thanks for following, dorf dude...
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It will be interesting to see if the power company contacts you or comes out to change your meter, thinking yours is malfunctioning.

I say that because when we moved into this house we had a few electricity-hogging appliances and replaced all of them within a short period of time, cutting our electric bill down drastically. One day a guy from the power company knocked on the door to let me know that there would be an interruption of power for a few minutes or so, while he replaced the meter.

I told him that the meter was brand new as of October, which was probably about 6 months prior. He (lied) told me that they were replacing all of the meters up and down the street. I asked all of my neighbors and not one of theirs had been replaced. They didn't charge me for it, so it didn't matter to me. Had they simply asked, I would have told them why my usage dropped.

The same thing happened the year I weatherproofed the house so well that our gas bill (on the budget, year-round) dropped from about $131 to around $60 per month, give or take a few dollars. Anyway, the gas company came out and let me know they were replacing the meter. It took me a little while to realize why they did it.
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It will be interesting to see if the power company contacts you or comes out to change your meter, thinking yours is malfunctioning.

I say that because when we moved into this house we had a few electricity-hogging appliances and replaced all of them within a short period of time, cutting our electric bill down drastically. One day a guy from the power company knocked on the door to let me know that there would be an interruption of power for a few minutes or so, while he replaced the meter.

I told him that the meter was brand new as of October, which was probably about 6 months prior. He (lied) told me that they were replacing all of the meters up and down the street. I asked all of my neighbors and not one of theirs had been replaced. They didn't charge me for it, so it didn't matter to me. Had they simply asked, I would have told them why my usage dropped.

The same thing happened the year I weatherproofed the house so well that our gas bill (on the budget, year-round) dropped from about $131 to around $60 per month, give or take a few dollars. Anyway, the gas company came out and let me know they were replacing the meter. It took me a little while to realize why they did it.
There is a movement against these "Plug and Play" solar systems. They are trying to say that they are dangerous and you must have an Electrician designed and installed system. That keeps the money in their pockets. I have mine hooked up safely. It is only 3 wires. I'll keep my money in my pocket Thank You! Plus I did not have to take out a 2nd mortgage to finance the system. Another win for me. Thanks for following, dorf dude...
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gma2rjc, I joked with our gas meter reader and electric/water reader, when we started to tighten up our house. I have started to see a savings on our gas, with our new water heater, on the latest bill. Cannot wait for the summer bills, when they are pretty much zero for use, but still of course you have that damn gas delivery and line maintenance charges on the bill.
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I finally got the little wall knocked down. My cheapie hammer drill fell apart. Literally. The front just fell off and the motor was smelling funny. You get what you pay for! I will not be buying an expensive one to replace it. I'm almost done. 1 more cheap one should do it. I broke out the Big Dog impact to finish the wall off. It was a cheapie too but has really held up well. Here are a few pic's. The Fire Dept. is having a Fest again on Sunday. They started putting up the tent tonight. I know I will not be driving a car on Sunday. Here are a couple pic's. dorf dude...
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Dorf dude -

You have to watch out for the German firemen at a beer fest. They make everything enjoyable and possibly dangerous. Is this near your home?

Are the German alcohol laws as tough as the Netherlands? (0.0%?).
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You have to watch out for the German firemen at a beer fest. They make everything enjoyable and possibly dangerous. Is this near your home?

Are the German alcohol laws as tough as the Netherlands? (0.0%?).
Concrete the last pic was taken from my driveway. That's my fence and mail box at the bottom. All I have to do is crawl across the street. We have a limit of .03% so this boy won't be driving. I might have to call in sick on Monday. dorf dude...
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Is that a transformer cabinet next to the tent?
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Is that a transformer cabinet next to the tent?
Yes it is. When they put in the new street all the houses went underground power. They took the overhead cable down some months ago.
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DD you really have mastered how to turn a VW into a Mercedes!! WOW..love those solar panels..and how they help you! Prolly see your house on TV, on a 'retro fit' show about making your home into a King's lare, great work! Could have prolly seen you guys on the roof on .."Google Earth" =====8^) Excites me to come back and see it!
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I got this tool 15 years ago and can't remember what it does. I think it's for a table saw to do angle cuts but there is no holding the piece of wood with it. It's a piece of junk but would still like to know how it's supposed to be used. Any ideas?? dorf dude...
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