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  1. Mark

    20 solar questions answered

    If you have anything you'd like to discuss about the latest post on our sister site about solar panels for a residential property 20 solar questions answered this is the place to post it. :roll:
    If you have anything you'd like to discuss about the latest post on our sister site about solar panels for a residential property 20 solar questions answered this is the place to post it. :roll:
    If you have anything you'd like to discuss about the latest post on our sister site about solar panels for a residential property 20 solar questions answered this is the place to post it. :roll:
    If you have anything you'd like to discuss about the latest post on our sister site about solar panels for a residential property 20 solar questions answered this is the place to post it. :roll:
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  2. stevo

    Question [Poll] What's your electricity usage?

    Yes I can alternate polls but it's really designed to show the most recent in the sidebar - doesn't matter :) Edit: Regarding my audit bill - I had no idea or way to check their audit figures... I...
    Yes I can alternate polls but it's really designed to show the most recent in the sidebar - doesn't matter :) Edit: Regarding my audit bill - I had no idea or way to check their audit figures... I think it stinks! :blah:
    Yes I can alternate polls but it's really designed to show the most recent in the sidebar - doesn't matter :) Edit: Regarding my audit bill - I had no idea or way to check their audit figures... I think it stinks! :blah:
    Yes I can alternate polls but it's really designed to show the most recent in the sidebar - doesn't matter :) Edit: Regarding my audit bill - I had no idea or way to check their audit figures... I...
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  3. stevo

    QLD Electricity prices merger?

    Guess, I'll be investigating a battery bank in my shed then :mad: after I join the class action to sue the government...:smug:
    Guess, I'll be investigating a battery bank in my shed then :mad: after I join the class action to sue the government...:smug:
    Guess, I'll be investigating a battery bank in my shed then :mad: after I join the class action to sue the government...:smug:
    Guess, I'll be investigating a battery bank in my shed then :mad: after I join the class action to sue the government...:smug:
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  4. stevo

    Self-built solar setup takes retired man off the grid

    i think the cost of the batteries will put off most people, but as you say, i'm sure it will become more popular.
    i think the cost of the batteries will put off most people, but as you say, i'm sure it will become more popular.
    i think the cost of the batteries will put off most people, but as you say, i'm sure it will become more popular.
    i think the cost of the batteries will put off most people, but as you say, i'm sure it will become more popular.
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  5. stevo

    One Big Switch - Qld/AU

    Not to me :p
    Not to me :p
    Not to me :p
    Not to me :p
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  6. stevo

    Water - future resource

    Yep, when I was a kid in Toowoomba water charges were not even considered... how times have changed. :crazy:
    Yep, when I was a kid in Toowoomba water charges were not even considered... how times have changed. :crazy:
    Yep, when I was a kid in Toowoomba water charges were not even considered... how times have changed. :crazy:
    Yep, when I was a kid in Toowoomba water charges were not even considered... how times have changed. :crazy:
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  7. Mark

    Solar Energy Video - Not Bad

    Nah, that's bull! My 5 kW system was installed in a day and mine had to be mounted on brackets which added about twice the install time. I think that old couple got ripped :)
    Nah, that's bull! My 5 kW system was installed in a day and mine had to be mounted on brackets which added about twice the install time. I think that old couple got ripped :)
    Nah, that's bull! My 5 kW system was installed in a day and mine had to be mounted on brackets which added about twice the install time. I think that old couple got ripped :)
    Nah, that's bull! My 5 kW system was installed in a day and mine had to be mounted on brackets which added about twice the install time. I think that old couple got ripped :)
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  8. Mark

    Question Do LED lights for the home really save money?

    Good to hear Mark. The best way to find the best tradesmen is to ask the best one you've found in one feild of another in another feild. Gee that's long winded
    Good to hear Mark. The best way to find the best tradesmen is to ask the best one you've found in one feild of another in another feild. Gee that's long winded
    Good to hear Mark. The best way to find the best tradesmen is to ask the best one you've found in one feild of another in another feild. Gee that's long winded
    Good to hear Mark. The best way to find the best tradesmen is to ask the best one you've found in one feild of another in another feild. Gee that's long winded
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  9. Montse

    Tip Small homemade heater

    That's cool ...err I mean hot :D I'm going to try this - got all the parts already! Most people would have a few pots and tea lights around the home. Yep, you're quite correct, however the...
    That's cool ...err I mean hot :D I'm going to try this - got all the parts already! Most people would have a few pots and tea lights around the home. Yep, you're quite correct, however the good news is other advertising entities are starting to make ground on Googs so they might be a...
    That's cool ...err I mean hot :D I'm going to try this - got all the parts already! Most people would have a few pots and tea lights around the home. Yep, you're quite correct, however the good news is other advertising entities are starting...
    That's cool ...err I mean hot :D I'm going to try this - got all the parts already! Most people would have a few pots and tea lights around the home. Yep, you're quite correct, however the...
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  10. Mark

    Question Govt Energy Rating Calculator for aircon power consumption accurate?

    Weird hey! I wouldn't have thought that! I've been one to keep the temp set pretty high on the aircon to save power. It's the humidity that makes it uncomfortable so all I really want my aircon...
    Weird hey! I wouldn't have thought that! I've been one to keep the temp set pretty high on the aircon to save power. It's the humidity that makes it uncomfortable so all I really want my aircon to do is (yes, cool it down) but mostly remove the moisture from the air.
    Weird hey! I wouldn't have thought that! I've been one to keep the temp set pretty high on the aircon to save power. It's the humidity that makes it uncomfortable so all I really want my aircon to do is (yes, cool it down) but mostly remove...
    Weird hey! I wouldn't have thought that! I've been one to keep the temp set pretty high on the aircon to save power. It's the humidity that makes it uncomfortable so all I really want my aircon...

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  11. Mark

    Is Residential solar power still too expensive?

    yeah it'd suck as a job, going around intentionally conning people to get your small commission from a dodgy company you work for.
    yeah it'd suck as a job, going around intentionally conning people to get your small commission from a dodgy company you work for.
    yeah it'd suck as a job, going around intentionally conning people to get your small commission from a dodgy company you work for.
    yeah it'd suck as a job, going around intentionally conning people to get your small commission from a dodgy company you work for.
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  12. Mark

    Making solar heaters out of used cans

    Fine with me. I don't mind the Woodstock brand of bourbon and that comes in a massive 440ml can. Think of the efficiency if we drink the large cans! :idea:
    Fine with me. I don't mind the Woodstock brand of bourbon and that comes in a massive 440ml can. Think of the efficiency if we drink the large cans! :idea:
    Fine with me. I don't mind the Woodstock brand of bourbon and that comes in a massive 440ml can. Think of the efficiency if we drink the large cans! :idea:
    Fine with me. I don't mind the Woodstock brand of bourbon and that comes in a massive 440ml can. Think of the efficiency if we drink the large cans! :idea:
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  13. stevo

    Avanco Solar Isolator Recall

    Who knows? You'd think the regulators would come with some documentation detailing the normal working temperature range so people wouldn't get concerned and could check if theirs is running within...
    Who knows? You'd think the regulators would come with some documentation detailing the normal working temperature range so people wouldn't get concerned and could check if theirs is running within the expected range if need be. :dunno:
    Who knows? You'd think the regulators would come with some documentation detailing the normal working temperature range so people wouldn't get concerned and could check if theirs is running within the expected range if need be. :dunno:
    Who knows? You'd think the regulators would come with some documentation detailing the normal working temperature range so people wouldn't get concerned and could check if theirs is running within...
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  14. stevo

    Renew Economy

    yeah he's a bit of an extremist. Someone was asking me about if they could go offgrid to try save money, I told them "it'd cost you heaps to set up, and your fridge is way too big" :ROFL:
    yeah he's a bit of an extremist. Someone was asking me about if they could go offgrid to try save money, I told them "it'd cost you heaps to set up, and your fridge is way too big" :ROFL:
    yeah he's a bit of an extremist. Someone was asking me about if they could go offgrid to try save money, I told them "it'd cost you heaps to set up, and your fridge is way too big" :ROFL:
    yeah he's a bit of an extremist. Someone was asking me about if they could go offgrid to try save money, I told them "it'd cost you heaps to set up, and your fridge is way too big" :ROFL:
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  15. stevo

    Solar Roads

    The first video has been removed by the user? If this concept and footage is actually true I could see it initially being adopted by companies and govt as a way to power remote locations like...
    The first video has been removed by the user? If this concept and footage is actually true I could see it initially being adopted by companies and govt as a way to power remote locations like mining compounds or military installations - it's basically smart paving and making the most out of a...
    The first video has been removed by the user? If this concept and footage is actually true I could see it initially being adopted by companies and govt as a way to power remote locations like mining compounds or military installations - it's...
    The first video has been removed by the user? If this concept and footage is actually true I could see it initially being adopted by companies and govt as a way to power remote locations like...
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  16. Lee-Mika

    Design help with a off grid solar system.

    The 2 wind generators I have are made from dc treadmill motors.(From the dump shop-$10 each) One is brushed and the other brushless. From memory they are 100 vdc rated at 2500rpm. This just means...
    The 2 wind generators I have are made from dc treadmill motors.(From the dump shop-$10 each) One is brushed and the other brushless. From memory they are 100 vdc rated at 2500rpm. This just means that for 12 or 24v you run it slower. My controller is a Coleman-air from USA. I think it was about...
    The 2 wind generators I have are made from dc treadmill motors.(From the dump shop-$10 each) One is brushed and the other brushless. From memory they are 100 vdc rated at 2500rpm. This just means that for 12 or 24v you run it slower. My...
    The 2 wind generators I have are made from dc treadmill motors.(From the dump shop-$10 each) One is brushed and the other brushless. From memory they are 100 vdc rated at 2500rpm. This just means...

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  17. stevo

    Question Hot Water Systems?

    If firewood is abundant you could always make a "donkey" Nearly all shearers quarters in the outback are supplied by these. Usually a header tank supplying a heavy galv 44 gallon drum, that is...
    If firewood is abundant you could always make a "donkey" Nearly all shearers quarters in the outback are supplied by these. Usually a header tank supplying a heavy galv 44 gallon drum, that is mounted in a brick or steel frame. They usually have a blow-off riser pipe that is higher than the...
    If firewood is abundant you could always make a "donkey" Nearly all shearers quarters in the outback are supplied by these. Usually a header tank supplying a heavy galv 44 gallon drum, that is mounted in a brick or steel frame. They usually have...
    If firewood is abundant you could always make a "donkey" Nearly all shearers quarters in the outback are supplied by these. Usually a header tank supplying a heavy galv 44 gallon drum, that is...
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  18. stevo

    my 12v offgrid system

    Too right, plus at least you have options should the power go out for any length of time. Reminds me of the beer ad with the dog on the treadmill, powering the TV.:cheers:. My keg cooler up north was a...
    Too right, plus at least you have options should the power go out for any length of time. Reminds me of the beer ad with the dog on the treadmill, powering the TV.:cheers:. My keg cooler up north was a solar pond pump wetting towels wrapped around the keg in a cut off drum. As long as the keg was in the...
    Too right, plus at least you have options should the power go out for any length of time. Reminds me of the beer ad with the dog on the treadmill, powering the TV.:cheers:. My keg cooler up north was a solar pond pump wetting towels wrapped around the...
    Too right, plus at least you have options should the power go out for any length of time. Reminds me of the beer ad with the dog on the treadmill, powering the TV.:cheers:. My keg cooler up north was a...
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  19. Mark

    Gas prices to rise $400 per year

    Tim I agree it is a possibility living back on the riverbank. Talk is Australia will be a third world country in the future. Not sure if we will see it in our lifetime. Waste is definately a...
    Tim I agree it is a possibility living back on the riverbank. Talk is Australia will be a third world country in the future. Not sure if we will see it in our lifetime. Waste is definately a cause for high costs on all including gas. I think high prices have a lot to do with the Work place...
    Tim I agree it is a possibility living back on the riverbank. Talk is Australia will be a third world country in the future. Not sure if we will see it in our lifetime. Waste is definately a cause for high costs on all including gas. I think...
    Tim I agree it is a possibility living back on the riverbank. Talk is Australia will be a third world country in the future. Not sure if we will see it in our lifetime. Waste is definately a...
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  20. Mark

    Question What is the biggest gas cylinder you can buy?

    Well that is very interesting Kate! Thanks for all those figures and it does seem rather incredible how much you do save by using the 9kg gas bottles and re-filling them yourself :shock: My last order...
    Well that is very interesting Kate! Thanks for all those figures and it does seem rather incredible how much you do save by using the 9kg gas bottles and re-filling them yourself :shock: My last order through Origin just recently cost $139.50 but the one before that was $152.50 so it seems domestic...
    Well that is very interesting Kate! Thanks for all those figures and it does seem rather incredible how much you do save by using the 9kg gas bottles and re-filling them yourself :shock: My last order through Origin just recently cost $139.50 but the...
    Well that is very interesting Kate! Thanks for all those figures and it does seem rather incredible how much you do save by using the 9kg gas bottles and re-filling them yourself :shock: My last order...
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  21. bearded1

    Thinking about making biodiesel; -any experience here?

    I have had the same idea. A diesel genset for when the wind/sun don't keep up. Once you have set up and got your oil it may take a few goes to get it perfect. An old fella I know gets the clear...
    I have had the same idea. A diesel genset for when the wind/sun don't keep up. Once you have set up and got your oil it may take a few goes to get it perfect. An old fella I know gets the clear 20L used oils. They are left to settle then the oil is syphoned off the top into another 20L container...
    I have had the same idea. A diesel genset for when the wind/sun don't keep up. Once you have set up and got your oil it may take a few goes to get it perfect. An old fella I know gets the clear 20L used oils. They are left to settle then the oil...
    I have had the same idea. A diesel genset for when the wind/sun don't keep up. Once you have set up and got your oil it may take a few goes to get it perfect. An old fella I know gets the clear...
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  22. Mark

    Grid level battery electricity storage coming soon

    Yep. We currently have a 1.5kW system along with a solar hot water unit and even then they have almost covered our electricity costs in autumn and spring (but we use the A/C for heating for winter).
    Yep. We currently have a 1.5kW system along with a solar hot water unit and even then they have almost covered our electricity costs in autumn and spring (but we use the A/C for heating for winter).
    Yep. We currently have a 1.5kW system along with a solar hot water unit and even then they have almost covered our electricity costs in autumn and spring (but we use the A/C for heating for winter).
    Yep. We currently have a 1.5kW system along with a solar hot water unit and even then they have almost covered our electricity costs in autumn and spring (but we use the A/C for heating for winter).
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  23. stevo

    End of Coal? - ABC Four Corners

    China are building one of these, we should be as well. Of course we don;t have the smarts in this country anymore but I guess we could import some physicists to make it happen?
    China are building one of these, we should be as well. Of course we don;t have the smarts in this country anymore but I guess we could import some physicists to make it happen?
    China are building one of these, we should be as well. Of course we don;t have the smarts in this country anymore but I guess we could import some physicists to make it happen?
    China are building one of these, we should be as well. Of course we don;t have the smarts in this country anymore but I guess we could import some physicists to make it happen?
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  24. stevo

    Solar Station

    Not weird - it is interesting! But I'm with you... nothing new to see here.
    Not weird - it is interesting! But I'm with you... nothing new to see here.
    Not weird - it is interesting! But I'm with you... nothing new to see here.
    Not weird - it is interesting! But I'm with you... nothing new to see here.
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  25. Steve

    Hot Water - What do you think?

    Ha, I was too busy looking at the scenery. ;) I love it Stevo. One of the coolest looking contraptions I've seen. Plus I love the simplicity of it too.
    Ha, I was too busy looking at the scenery. ;) I love it Stevo. One of the coolest looking contraptions I've seen. Plus I love the simplicity of it too.
    Ha, I was too busy looking at the scenery. ;) I love it Stevo. One of the coolest looking contraptions I've seen. Plus I love the simplicity of it too.
    Ha, I was too busy looking at the scenery. ;) I love it Stevo. One of the coolest looking contraptions I've seen. Plus I love the simplicity of it too.
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