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  1. Water, water everywhere....and a power update.

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    Continuing the story of our journey to go off-grid that started over here.

    Solar Hot Water

    Our local utility provider is pretty adamant that water heating contributes to approximately 28% of household power usage; that seems a little high to me but I'm guessing that they don't take into account households with electric vehicles. In any case, we got the option to apply for, and were granted, a $1,000 rebate for an additional solar ...

    Updated 09-15-2013 at 05:20 PM by NigelM

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    Energy and Environment , Featured
  2. Going Off Grid - Powering house and cars purely with renewable energy

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    This is my first attempt at a blog and one that will likely stretch over the next 18 months or so as I find my way through this project. During that time I'm going to see if it's possible to not only install solar power but also to get to a point where we can disconnect from the grid completely.

    Background

    At our previous house we installed solar PV panels with micro-inverters on a net-zero system. The full story was outlined
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    Updated 08-28-2013 at 04:15 PM by NigelM

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    Energy and Environment , Featured
  3. Extended Power outages and a Tesla

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    Late in June of 2013, my neighborhood experienced a significant power outage from a vicious storm, lasting almost exactly two days for me, and longer for my neighbors. In total, over half a million customers were without power. As much of my neighborhood was buzzing with the sound of chainsaws and diesel generators, I quietly thought about my Tesla Model S, tucked neatly in its garage, away from falling trees and power lines. It had a full ...