Tuesday, August 16, 2005


Grid Free?

My grid-free test got off to a shaky start. I began it after a cloudy weekend, and I tried to get away with running the dehumidifier and the dishwasher Monday morning, counting on a sunny day. Unfortunately, the loads drew down the batteries enough to cause the system to switch to grid for a while before the sun really kicked in. Here's what it looked like Sunday:

Here's what it looked like Monday about 5 pm, and still looks like (3:30 pm Tuesday):

So, I used just under 1 kwh of grid power on Monday, and none at all between 5 pm Monday and 3:30 Tuesday. Getting the dump load setup configured should allow me to run the dehumidifier as much as possible without accidentally drawing grid power.

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