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Solar panels may make sense, but they will make exactly as much sense no matter whether you're using the power for heat, to run the rest of your household, to sell power back to the grid, or a combination of those. As others have said, start with air-sealing and improving insulation. Your power company may offer free on-site surveys and some subsidized ...


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Reducing drafts are the first place to start. It's your best return on your investment. (as others have said already) The test to do is a "Blower door test". I did one myself with a fairly powerful fan, some plywood and a window. I think I can get my hands on a thermal imaging camera from a friend, but so far I've been able to detect leaks fairly easily ...


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Electric resistance heat is expensive, no way around it. Here are a couple of high-level things you can do to reduce your bill: Common sense: Stop using your fireplace (it's sucking more heat out of the house than it's adding. Free. Conservation: Turn down the heat and wear more clothes. Free. Efficiency: Improve your house's level of air sealing and ...


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Entirely apart from the high cost of electric resistance heat, (that is, regardless of heat source) a 1969 house is almost certainly going to benefit from insulation upgrades and the boring best bang-for the buck stuff nobody ever thinks is "fancy enough" to go for first - caulking, weatherstripping, and generally reducing air leakage. With the advent of ...


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Some charge controllers have ways of programming the "LOAD" terminal, e.g. to only provide voltage at night (i.e. when there is no voltage on the solar panel). If you have voltage across the controller's BATTERY terminals but not across the LOAD terminals, that's something to look into. You haven't really provided sufficient details or photos of the wiring ...


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I'm installing a 24VDC lighting circuit in my new tiny house. Aritcle 411 of the NEC describes low voltage lighting residential wiring requirements. Here are the major points: 12VDC Power Supplies (120vac to 12vdc transformer) must be 60 watts and under 24VDC Power Supplies (120vac to 24vdc transformer) must be 96 watts and under Junction box must be ...


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My plan is to build a frame from 2x2x1/8 aluminum angle iron frame that will provide appx 12" overhang on all sides of my array, and securely fasten 1" Mesh T304 Stainless Steel Welded .063" 48" Wide, to the frame, mounting it about 12" above the panels. Panel hail ratings consider hail up to 1" in size. It's unlikely that a 1" hail stone would pass ...



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