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    Small home hybrid setup... but hit a snag

    Split your fuse box, Lighting and sockets to the solar. Hot water, cooker, air con to the grid.
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    Inverter with off grid capabilities WITHOUT battery

    I can live without hot showers and air conditioning.
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    Inverter with off grid capabilities WITHOUT battery

    Sadly all nonsense. My off hybrid inverter tops up from the grid if more power is required and switches to bypass in overload conditions. Grid tie requires much paperwork and extra expense to comply with the electric company and state rules. Most electric companies require installation by a...
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    Active balancer or not?

    It would depend which type of active balancer you use. The ones without capacitors are usually not 'active', but just dump the extra volts. You can't trust the Chinese, they will say anything to sell their products. I have bother (Heltec style and chip style), the chip style just doesn't work...
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    DIY vs solar contractor?

    Weird post ....... considering recent Texas news.
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    Inverter prices - $250+ for a medium grade 1500 watt. Lifepo4 up 15%+

    7-14 days to get to me from China, usually free delivery.
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    Inverter prices - $250+ for a medium grade 1500 watt. Lifepo4 up 15%+

    Still cheap in China. Suspect it's US suppliers gouging everyone. All the big boys around the world are taking the opportunity to raise prices.
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    Energy Conservation

    I see Tesla are asking customers not to charge their cars at peak time in Texas as it may take out the grid. https://www.thedrive.com/news/tesla-asks-texan-owners-to-limit-charging-due-to-heat-wave?fbclid=IwAR1CVRUvGGgrbBBtgLoPOwH2vLGt8n6aRMG9TrSSwBoyFlDDzKNRPWAro5k
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    Inverter with off grid capabilities WITHOUT battery

    You're making a mistake in your thinking ........ off grid is the way to go. Why do you want to provide power to the grid? 1. The grid doesn't want your power. 2. The grid won't pay much for your excess power. 3. Grid tie costs a lot more money in installation, inverter and permissions. 4. When...
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    Energy Conservation

    It's all here. https://www.bbc.com/future/article/20181002-how-long-did-ancient-people-live-life-span-versus-longevity Study of historic figures vs modern day. "Of 397 ancients in total, 99 died violently by murder, suicide or in battle. Of the remaining 298, those born before 100BC lived to a...
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    Energy Conservation

    Off topic, While factually correct most of the deaths lowering the average age before about 1950 were children. If you lived to age 15, you had the same chance of making 70 as those of us today (excluding war). Socrates (399BC) died age 70, and that was from poison. Oddly enough, While prior...
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    Energy Conservation

    I live in the tropics, temperature is normally 30-35c and humid ..... cool at 9am this morning 28c and 75%. I used air-con for about 2hrs last month (28c), just while I fall asleep, usually a fan is good enough. Better to get acclimatised to the weather than to use air-con all the time, makes...
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    So, what's the opinion?

    Sorry, senior moment....... My bad!
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    So, what's the opinion?

    280 x 8 = 2.24kWhr according to my calculator.
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    Energy Conservation

    Stop using electricity for heating and cooling. You don't need air-con, a fan will do. You don't need hot showers, cold is good for you. You don't need heating, wear more clothes. Cooking can be done on propane. My entire house is now LED (mainly rings to replace my circular florescents). I...
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