Friday, May 04, 2018

Change

12:10am:
As you may have figured out from my Blog posts, there is a sameness to my days here in San Diego. I have experienced times like these often. Unchanging times.

And I have come to know, that traveling toward me, a day will come where whatever that change is will be here.

I am comforted with knowing about that. Change is something that I depend on. Something that I count on. That is why I enjoy these times in San Diego. I am patient with the knowledge that change is on its way.





11:58am:
Nick and Natasha
I believe that I've Blogged to you about Nick and Natasha before. They live in a converted Blue Bird school bus outfitted with about 40 solar panels.  Their plan is to have enough solar electric power to operate a washing machine, toaster, refrigerator, etc.

This morning when I went to use the South Shore dump station, Nick and Natasha were not camped there, as they usually are. I then looked for them at Mariner's Point in Mission Beach and found them!

Neither of them had walked the Mission Beach walk which goes along the sand. They took that beach walk this afternoon and headed up to Pacific Beach.

[L-R] Natasha, Tesla the dog, Nick


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16 comments:

  1. There is nothing wrong with quiet times....

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    1. Hi Rob,

      True! Nothing wrong with quiet times. For my Readers, however, my Blog may seem to be uninteresting when my days are like they are now.

      George

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    2. True enough but life is like that.
      The big question is are "you" enjoying doing your blog? Even in the quiet times?

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    3. You don't have to be doing exciting things. You're readers are interested in your routine. What you made for breakfast, that you cleaned up your home, checked the specific gravity of your batteries, etc. By the way, how is the solar working out?

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    4. Hi Bob Hines,

      Thanks for your take on what interests you in my Blog.

      Good question about my Solar Electric system!

      It's working exceptionally well. Even during successive days of cloud cover. The deep cycle battery overtime has gotten its specific gravity in the "very good" category!

      George

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  2. One change I've notice is that you no longer post pictures. No boid pictures, no food pictures, no beach or your surrounding pictures.

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    1. Hi Rita,

      I'm being forgetful. Thanks for reminding me about posting pics!

      George

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  3. You're enjoying your moments!

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  4. With about 40 solar panels and They can't run a refrigerator a toaster and a washing machine
    I think I would steer them towards the library to find a book on beginning electronics
    Also I would suggest they take a class in solar education/ installation
    But my real question is how many watts do they actually have

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    1. Agreed, Mister Ed, the watts are the real question.

      Also George listed those appliances like they're all more or less equal. But --

      A washing machine is easy to run on even a small PV system as long as they have enough inverter wattage (or a start capacitor) to start the machine's cycles.

      A toaster doesn't require lots of panels but it will require a pretty hefty inverter, depending on how many watts that toaster needs.

      A fridge is another creature altogether. A smallish dorm-size fridge is doable, but lots of people feel they need a full size fridge. This is almost impossible to do on a reasonable sized home power system. "Almost" because it can be done, but with lots of accommodations.

      Also, how many watts you need depends on where you are geographically (how sunny it is and latitude). They need a lot less wattage if they stay in SoCal than they do it they travel to gray or shady places like the Pacific Northwest.

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    2. I have a full size residential fridge in my motorhome. I'm not off the grid for long periods but with 200 watts of solar on the roof, a 2000 watt inverter with four 6 volt AGM batteries, I'm just fine for my occasional 24 hours off the grid.

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    3. Hey Sue! This is Natasha from the Uproot & Roam bus. The bus is 40ft but we have 8 panels that are 345 watts each so we have plenty of power for the electronics we currently have hooked up (fridge, freezer, 2 burner induction cook top, toaster oven, curling iron, crock pot). Of course we don't run everything at the same time. In addition we have enough solar energy and battery storage to rapidly charge a small electric Fiat car and run a fully electric water heater. Did I mention, we don't utilize any non-renewable energy sources in our home on wheels. We do however, have a diesel engine but would have made a different choice if there was an option. Check out our Facebook, Instagram or YouTube page for more details by searching for Uproot & Roam. Heres a picturepof the bus. ictur://www.instagram.com/p/BgLURa6AlpZ/

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    4. The key to running any appliance on a home grown SolarSystem is a slow start capacitor
      Your average refrigerator probably only uses 100 to 125 W continuous but it might be 300 watch to 400 watch on initial start up
      If they had 2. 250 W solar panels and a 2000 W S,inverter there well within their means to do everything,, add one more solar panel and they could have a 5000btu air conditioning
      So the two key questions is, what is their solar capacity and what is their battery set up

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    5. Hi Natasha,

      I was way, way, way off in the amount of solar panels on you Blue Bird's roof.

      Thank you so much for posting your comment with the actual number of solar panels and their power!

      George

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    6. Yes, thanks Natasha for the additional information! With that many watts of PV, and 2000 watt inverter, it sounds like you are indeed in a good position! I'm super impressed! Especially that you also have enough to charge an electric car -- very cool!

      I have 700 watts of panels but I live in a pretty sunny area. My inverter is a 1500-watt -- a larger one would definitely allow more usage, and as you say, just make sure I'm not running too many things all at once.

      Thanks for the response and the inspiration!

      Sue

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  5. How much power does their solar farm put out? I'm guessing they have small panels because 40 full size ones would take up a lot more room that a bus roof.

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