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    Re: Smart Home Automation

    Quote Originally Posted by TRF View Post
    http://www.freecleansolar.com/300-wa...RoCAp0QAvD_BwE

    not sure how reputable the company is, just starting my research, but if 300+ watt panels are dropping in price to the $200 or less range, I'm going in. I figure I can buy 10 per year, stagger them out and add to it. Also looking at a nice wind turbine to help power the battery at night. The battery is the single big cost. I'm looking at Aquion if they stay in business. They make Saltwater batteries which are eco friendly. Each battery is about $1000 and you can stack them.

    For me, all the automation and self production/storage of power makes all the sense in the world. I reduce my carbon footprint a bit, and I'm protected during the occasional power outage. Plus I'll look at the purchase of this equipment as a sunk cost. I'm going to spend that money on something, might as well be this.
    The cost at this point is mostly in the install labor right?
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    Re: Smart Home Automation

    Quote Originally Posted by Redsfaithful View Post
    The cost at this point is mostly in the install labor right?
    ehh, I'd say it's about 1/3 of the total if you include solar install on the roof, wiring and battery install. I think a total home system battery could run as high as $6K. If you can determine just how much power you use at during your peak hours vs charging, it might be less.

    I'm going to shoot for a 9Kw array. I want to store up to 6Kw. And also add to 300 watt wind turbines. (Texas Panhandle. the next day without wind will be the first day ever without wind) That'll give me 600 watts of charging with the sun down.

    I'm still digging into this. I am in no danger of hurricanes, and if a tornado hits me, power is the least of my worries. But I'm at the age that I want to leave things a little better than I found them. One of my three kids will inherit this house, and I'd like it if I knew going forward they were a bit self sustainable.
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    Re: Smart Home Automation

    Keep in mind there's a 30% Federal Credit that expires the end of 2019. Probably not going to be renewed as long as Trump is in office.

    Might want to stock up on hardware....(but not sure if you can deduct hardware unless it's working...)

    Note: This is not where we open this up to political discussion !!
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    Re: Smart Home Automation

    Just installed my 2 Honeywell T5 thermostats. Integrated easily with Google Home/Assistant.

    Next for me is every light switch in the house converted to dimmable wi-fi controllers. Also adding rf kits to our existing ceiling fans, adding those to a smart hub, then to google home.

    Last thing will be replacing the sprinkler system.

    Pretty geeked about the thermostats
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    Re: Smart Home Automation

    Quote Originally Posted by MWM View Post
    Rained non-stop in Friday. My sprinklers came on this morning. I ordered this earlier today.
    Did you set it up? I just checked mine.... last watered on Jan 12th, next scheduled to water on Feb 16th....
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    The lowest acceptable payroll amount for ownership to show they are not greedy pigs is 15 million more than they are currently paying. No matter what that currently is.

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    Re: Smart Home Automation

    Quote Originally Posted by JaxRed View Post
    Did you set it up? I just checked mine.... last watered on Jan 12th, next scheduled to water on Feb 16th....
    Same. Last watered Jan 12th, and next in 13 days, which is Feb 16th. That's the only time it's ran since I installed it towards the end of december.
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