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Posted by Solar Flare on August 22, 2006, 3:05 am
Then your consumption is lower than any of our 65,000 electricity
customers here.

I guess you never boil an electric kettle, only eat foods purchased
that day and only read books by kerosene lamps?

Posted by Jeff on August 22, 2006, 2:13 pm
Solar Flare wrote:

Let's see:

Refrigerator: 2.2 KWH/day
Microwave: .3 KWH/day
10 CF lights (50% on): 1.3 KWH/day
Computer, TV, misc electronics: 1.5 KWH/day

<URL: http://www.delmarva.com/home/education/conserving/usage/  />

(I would think you guys would know all that pretty well!)

   Of course, that doesn't leave much for anything else! Certainly not
electric hot water!


Posted by Solar Flare on August 22, 2006, 9:36 pm
 You are implying that you never heat water in a kettle or other form
for hot drinks and you prbably don't need the fridge because you only
cook less than 18 minutes per day in your microwave.

  Do you use a lot of NG or other energy sources?

I have seen the little old ladies with their 25amp 120v 1 phase
services live almost as cheap as this but they only can turn on one
lamp in the house at a time and they have to unplug almost the rest of
the house, including their hotplate  to put on their radiant heater in
front of their rocking chairs.

You are going to need glasses very quickly if you are reading with
those 10.833 watt CF bulbs.

Posted by Jeff on August 23, 2006, 5:52 am
 Solar Flare wrote:

Nope, I'm implying that you can do a lot with 7KWH/day, including
ironing and hair drying but you can't plug in your radiant heater or use
a whole host of other items. But there are other sources of energy and
most people prefer gas ranges.

   Good question, how about that Al?

Well that's a different matter because a lot of high draw items are used
for very short periods. 12 minutes of hair dying at 1200 watts is only
.24 KWH.

  live almost as cheap as this but they only can turn on one

I use all CF lamps here. They come in all sizes. I think I have
4,5,9,11,13 and 15. My chandeleir has 4 5's, it was way way too bright
with 4 11's. I rather like not having to replace them, and I like not
worrying about the electrity used by the light you left on in the next room.

   As far as myself using 7KWH, not hardly. I like my AC too much, and a
host of other things.

   I don't disagree with that! I was struck by that figure also, which
is why I ran the numbers.

   I have Amish friends that only use electricity suplied by batteries.
I can't say it's an easy life, but they get along OK.


Posted by Solar Flare on August 23, 2006, 11:43 pm
 I have phoney friends also that will not come up to the 1900s except
on their strictly mechanical cell phones and 1800s style PV panels and
MPPT boxes, painted black, of course.

Shame so many chemical batteries have to polute our environment
instead of using 1880 style grid power.

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