living with a battery bank.

by:CTECHi     2019-11-25
Countryside: I think I can write something to tell you about our life experience. grid.
Our family has lived for five. The grid was in 1996.
The kids are all grown up and now it\'s just me and my husband.
We have diesel generators, solar panels and windmills.
Many solar systems are very complex, but our system is much simpler.
As my husband said, \"the battery bank is at the heart of the system.
\"We started with a big battery bank (
24 V system when all dealers say 12 V is enough)
A diesel generator (second-hand)
Inverter/charger with 2500 W (
Not the real sine wave type. -
We can\'t afford anything better. -
The dealer told us that the inverter/charger of 1500 watts is enough). Slowly (
We can afford it)
We added solar panels and windmills.
We found out from the start because we have a large battery pack, 24-per battery pack-
We will run our generator for four hours and turn it off.
We can then run for only 20 hours using battery power.
After adding solar panels and windmills, we can reduce the operation of the generator.
The diesel generator needs warmth, so we put it in a separate building on the hillside and most of it is covered with soil, so it will never be below zero in the winter building.
The battery also needs to keep warm.
They are ventilated out in our garage/basement.
We live in northern Ontario, Canada, where winter is long and cold. 30[degrees]C to -40[degrees]C (-22 to -40[degrees]F)is usual.
We did a lot of research before we left.
Grid and one of the best things we do is buy VHS tapes from a man who lives in Texasgrid.
He uses a \"Power Hour\" philosophy in which you need a lot of power to arrange everything you want to do and then run your generator (e. g.
Power tools, laundry, dust, dry hair, curling sticks, etc. )
You do all these things when the generator is running.
When you turn off the generator, you are doing things that don\'t require much power. (
Cleaning, reading, gardening, watching TV, using computers, etc. )
Our biggest consumer of electricity is the deep well pump.
We only run a lot of water when the generator runs (
Bathroom, shower and laundry).
We have been using this philosophy --grid.
Before purchasing, we check the electrical requirements of any equipment we want.
We have electric lights, computers, TVs and satellite TVs, refrigerators and power tools in the workshop.
We use second-hand heating.
A door wood boiler using a circulating pump.
We have propane stove, water heater, clothes dryer and freezer. (
We don\'t have a toaster--
We used a metal camping toaster on the propane burner. )
Our system is simple but not worried.
It works for us, but we know it well.
We know that if the generator \"sounds different\", it may have problems.
We monitor our batteries.
We maintain it regularly.
In other words, we focus on this system.
We turn off all the lights when not in use, all the appliances are on the power bar, so they really turn off when they are off.
If there is no generator running, we do nothing and it will put pressure on the battery.
We are very careful not to reduce the capacity of the battery to less than half.
If you do this, it shortens the life of the battery and it takes a lot of charging to get them back to full charge.
This system has been working for us for nearly 20 years (
Our first lead acid deep
The battery pack lasted 15 years. )
We save money on this system, but if you need overhaul, you can\'t repair it yourself, or you have to replace the battery, you have to have an emergency \"slush\" fund, inverter or generator.
A lot of people tell us that they don\'t want a life like \"You have to think about it before you do anything that requires the strength of your home\", but it certainly works for us.
It\'s just a \"mindset\" and it\'s second nature for us now. --Bev Bassett-
Peever, Hornepayne, Ontario, rural Canada: Well, we live outside the grid again.
We spent most of our 30-year marriage like this.
We had to go back to the \"grid\" again due to our health problems, but we were not calm enough about it.
I have to say that I missed the old good wood stove fire, away from the tranquility of the traffic, so in 2009 we found 13 acres of wooded land and started building a small two
The house above is the room.
We moved in just two weeks ago.
Back to firewood and oil lamps.
There\'s a lot to do in this land: Square-
Foot garden beds that need to be made and planted, flowers planted, land cleared.
I do all the cans I can.
On a hot summer day, I once put cans in an old bath.
You put an old heavy wool coat at the bottom of the bathtub, put the jar in, fill the top of the jar with water, for a lid, I used the top of an old tightening machine washing machine.
You will naturally have a fire. -
I put concrete blocks around my fire and covered it with a wire rack on my stove oven.
You can be sure that you can put a lot of pots at a time and it won\'t heat your kitchen.
I\'m 76 years old.
My husband is a 100% disabled veteran.
We love gardening and raising enough food to help the poor.
We have experienced drought and hot weather in the last three years, so we can hardly keep some seeds.
This year we have very few seeds left and the reader will send them to us and we will sincerely thank you and we will answer all the questions.
I would be happy to hear anyone who lives outside the grid;
Anyone who wants a good friend.
I am a longtime country reader and I love this magazine because it has helped us through the years.
We just lost the lovely little black Beijing, almost 15 years old. years old.
My husband misses his puppy very much.
We need a replacement but don\'t know where to find a black puppy.
We would appreciate any help and information.
We don\'t have enough money to pay. --
Liline Forbes, 5213 Hilo Road.
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