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    Re: Smart Home Automation

    got my first full month bill.

    -$2.72

    solar payment is $145. so far so good. My last full electric bill, on average monthly payments, was $155.
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    Re: Smart Home Automation

    Thought I'd bump this. How's the solar been doing TRF? The reason I bumped it is I'm going swap out my standard smoke alarms for Google Nest Protect Smoke Detectors. (Gonna pay someone to do it). I'll swap out my 3 wired alarms with 3 wired Nest Protects, and then put a wireless out in my garage.
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    Another Bump....

    I mentioned previously that I was intrigued by solar but couldn't justify the costs. So I took some baby steps. I live in Florida and my hurricane emergency preparedness plan was flashlights, candles, and some of those power banks to charge your cell phone.

    So I bought 4 power stations totaling 3,500 watts of storage. 2 Anker C1000's and 1 Ecoflow Delta 2 and a Ecoflow River 2 Pro. And a couple of 410 watt solar panels to charge them.

    There are 2 game plans. When power is on the two Ankers provide enough juice to run my media center for 4 or 5 hours at night watching 75" TV with surround sound, with plenty of reserve in case the next day is cloudy. The 2 Ecoflows run my "office" which is where my internet modems and routers are and my computer as well as a 49" TV.

    When power is out, I run an extension cord from one Anker to the fridge. That Anker will have a solar panel feeding it. It will probably need just a little extra to keep it going till sun comes up string next day.

    2nd Anker will go to office and help keep things running there including a Midea Inverter U shaped Window A/C. One Anker and the big Ecoflow are tasked with keeping everything running and cool in that small room. The smaller of the 2 Ecoflows will be my "bucket" carrying excess juice from where it excess to where it is needed. During the day that's probably going to be from kitchen to office. In the evening probably need to dump one bucket full into Anker running the fridge to get it thru the night.

    And if I need power during the night and I run out? I have electric cars and I can dump a LOT of power from them
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    JaxRed, very good planning. I have two Echoflows.

    In my opinion, the fridge should not use any significant wattage as the compressor will not run all the time. I am not sure how the Florida humidity would affect the compressor running time though.

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    If you could somehow get a small gas powered generator (not sure if you have a garage for storage) you could fully charge the Ecoflows in 60 to 90 minutes. Those 400 watt solar panels and your electric cars should suffice though. Just a suggestion.

    If you fix a pot of coffee, pour the coffee into a thermos or two then disconnect coffee maker power.

    There are a lot of inexpensive battery powered rechargeable fans out there to help deal with the heat.

    A lot of good YouTube videos out there. I am impressed with your plan.
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    I've done a little testing with the fridge and how long it runs with the battery. I believe it will need a "top off" late in the evening to get it till the sun is strong the next day. The absolute last thing I want to do is buy a gas generator. My electric cars are my ace in the hole.

    Each Chevy Bolt (if full) has 64Kwh of juice in them. And I currently have 3 Chevy Bolts (long story), so I could completely fill my 1,000 watt batteries 192 times. The question right now is speed. If I plugged it into a 12v car socket it would take 10-12 hours. That's ok if you have to do it once.....

    But Ecoflow has just come out with an "Alternator Generator" that will hook up to the 12v Bolt battery (and by extension the big battery), and could fill up an Delta 2 in 75 minutes or so. I could do that, but I'm waiting to see what comes later from them. They've hinted that they are going to release a cable that goes from the Alternator Generator to a XT-60 connector which means it could connect to almost any station not just a Delta 2. Currently my plan is for the River 2 Max to be my "bucket", transporting juice from car to where it's needed.
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    Re: Smart Home Automation

    Jax, what are your wind conditions like? I have solar on my house, 13.9 kwh. I don't currently have storrage, but plan on adding that in a year or so. However, were I to do it all over again I might do this: https://www.flowerturbines.com/

    24 hour power generation. It's intriguing.
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    Their site made it far too hard to see what the cost is. My understanding is Florida is a bad state for wind power. I think you might be a good candidate for storage. Since they pay you so much less than what they charge you.

    edit: Looked up the price. Wowza. Not sure about financial wisdom on that.

    I've now had my Midea U-shaped window a/c installed. So far I like it a lot.

    I've changed my mind on one thing. When we have power (99.9% of the time), I wanted to see if I could "offload" a couple electrical draws. And I succeeded. I got it so I could store solar during the day and use that solar to power my TV and sound system without ever drawing from grid. And I wanted to see if I could do the same for my "office" (computer, modem, router, TV). And I succeeded there also.

    But............... it started bothering me that batteries would be full by 1:30 or 2 and the solar the rest of the day went to waste. And if we didn't watch TV one night because we were out doing something like Trivia or a minor league game, then not only would I waste the solar from 2 PM on, I'd waste ALL of the solar the next day. The batteries were full with nowhere to go.

    And then I went out of town for 5 days, and it killed me knowing I just wasted 5 days of solar.

    So I'm going to rearrange my loads/batteries with this goal: Use every solar electron my panels gather up. The Sun God is offering me free energy and I was wasting it. The temporary plan for this may not be the long term plan.

    Long term I'm thinking I get three 12K BTU Midea a/c which are 15 CEER and run them as long as I have stored up energy. That will take the load off my 13 SEER central a/c. Even if i was simply running them from grid I think they are more efficient. And don't have to run thru ducting in a hot attic.

    But when you factor is that they will be running on free electricity for a 2-3 hours that seems like a no-brainer.
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    Re: Smart Home Automation

    BTW someone mentioned garage doors.... I bought this to open and close my door and check on it remotely.

    Highly recommend it. Cheap, super easy to install and super useful

    https://www.amazon.com/Smart-Garage-...2hfdGhlbWF0aWM
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    Re: Smart Home Automation

    Quote Originally Posted by JaxRed View Post
    BTW someone mentioned garage doors.... I bought this to open and close my door and check on it remotely.

    Highly recommend it. Cheap, super easy to install and super useful

    https://www.amazon.com/Smart-Garage-...2hfdGhlbWF0aWM
    I have an earlier version of this. It is handy for checking the door status (for when my wife panics and says did we close the garage door?!?!) and for letting workman into the house when we’re not home.

    But now she worries if we locked all the doors.
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