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  1. 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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  2. Ash

    Recommend SolaX X-Hybrid inverter for solar energy generation

    AtLaguna, sorry that I haven't responded to you but I never saw your message! SAE installed my set up too, pretty much the same as yours and I added a couple more battery modules myself...
    AtLaguna, sorry that I haven't responded to you but I never saw your message! SAE installed my set up too, pretty much the same as yours and I added a couple more battery modules myself thereafter. The fault needs to be drilled into the SAE group first, the electrician who was responsible for my...
    AtLaguna, sorry that I haven't responded to you but I never saw your message! SAE installed my set up too, pretty much the same as yours and I added a couple more battery modules myself thereafter. The fault needs to be drilled into the SAE group...
    AtLaguna, sorry that I haven't responded to you but I never saw your message! SAE installed my set up too, pretty much the same as yours and I added a couple more battery modules myself...

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  3. stevo

    Tesla Powerwall?

    Yeah the builder there said it was over $55k worth. Very happy with paying $2000 they also gave us $20k to spend on upgrades. Of course we will end up spending more but at least it helps.
    Yeah the builder there said it was over $55k worth. Very happy with paying $2000 they also gave us $20k to spend on upgrades. Of course we will end up spending more but at least it helps.
    Yeah the builder there said it was over $55k worth. Very happy with paying $2000 they also gave us $20k to spend on upgrades. Of course we will end up spending more but at least it helps.
    Yeah the builder there said it was over $55k worth. Very happy with paying $2000 they also gave us $20k to spend on upgrades. Of course we will end up spending more but at least it helps.
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  4. Mark

    Origin Energy puts a TAX on households with solar panels!

    The shed is well sized to take enough panels indeed and I was pleased it was suited to the purpose. I had no idea you can 'upgrade' to a 3 phase system, and haven't even looked into what that is...
    The shed is well sized to take enough panels indeed and I was pleased it was suited to the purpose. I had no idea you can 'upgrade' to a 3 phase system, and haven't even looked into what that is and why someone would want one. I had hoped that the electricians would advise me what I need to...
    The shed is well sized to take enough panels indeed and I was pleased it was suited to the purpose. I had no idea you can 'upgrade' to a 3 phase system, and haven't even looked into what that is and why someone would want one. I had hoped that...
    The shed is well sized to take enough panels indeed and I was pleased it was suited to the purpose. I had no idea you can 'upgrade' to a 3 phase system, and haven't even looked into what that is...

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  5. Mark

    Wind Farms do you think they are ugly?

    I see through the media recently they (govt & coys) are preparing us for more large spikes in energy prices. It's disgusting how much Australians pay for power it just constricts the economy and...
    I see through the media recently they (govt & coys) are preparing us for more large spikes in energy prices. It's disgusting how much Australians pay for power it just constricts the economy and hurts poor people. If windfarms contribute to the unreasonable escalating cost of power then...
    I see through the media recently they (govt & coys) are preparing us for more large spikes in energy prices. It's disgusting how much Australians pay for power it just constricts the economy and hurts poor people. If windfarms contribute to...
    I see through the media recently they (govt & coys) are preparing us for more large spikes in energy prices. It's disgusting how much Australians pay for power it just constricts the economy and...

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  6. Steve

    Question What size rain water tank?

    We have a 5000gal tank for washing, shower, cooking, drinking for 4 people lasts us 6 months. Aquaponics system uses 5000gal a year. 1/4acre veg and fruit garden uses at least 25000gal per year
    We have a 5000gal tank for washing, shower, cooking, drinking for 4 people lasts us 6 months. Aquaponics system uses 5000gal a year. 1/4acre veg and fruit garden uses at least 25000gal per year
    We have a 5000gal tank for washing, shower, cooking, drinking for 4 people lasts us 6 months. Aquaponics system uses 5000gal a year. 1/4acre veg and fruit garden uses at least 25000gal per year
    We have a 5000gal tank for washing, shower, cooking, drinking for 4 people lasts us 6 months. Aquaponics system uses 5000gal a year. 1/4acre veg and fruit garden uses at least 25000gal per year
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  7. Mark

    Bashing solar panel owners again for higher electricity prices

    Here's one I found amusing in the US: To save money, Kentucky Coal Museum turns to solar panels. There is some irony when even a place dedicated to coal decides to go solar!
    Here's one I found amusing in the US: To save money, Kentucky Coal Museum turns to solar panels. There is some irony when even a place dedicated to coal decides to go solar!
    Here's one I found amusing in the US: To save money, Kentucky Coal Museum turns to solar panels. There is some irony when even a place dedicated to coal decides to go solar!
    Here's one I found amusing in the US: To save money, Kentucky Coal Museum turns to solar panels. There is some irony when even a place dedicated to coal decides to go solar!
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  8. 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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  9. letsgo

    Solar quotes

    Will do, Mark. I'll give a run down on the new technology and walk through the set up process as it develops. Construction begins in early November.
    Will do, Mark. I'll give a run down on the new technology and walk through the set up process as it develops. Construction begins in early November.
    Will do, Mark. I'll give a run down on the new technology and walk through the set up process as it develops. Construction begins in early November.
    Will do, Mark. I'll give a run down on the new technology and walk through the set up process as it develops. Construction begins in early November.
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  10. 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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  11. 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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  12. 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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  13. 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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  14. ClissAT

    Batteries, a possible downside

    mmm not sure if they have thought about that. None of us have the knowledge to organise it, we would have to bring people in who knew more about it. But I think there was some talk that we would...
    mmm not sure if they have thought about that. None of us have the knowledge to organise it, we would have to bring people in who knew more about it. But I think there was some talk that we would need a .... not sure what it s called, but sort of like a relay or transformer or stabiliser and...
    mmm not sure if they have thought about that. None of us have the knowledge to organise it, we would have to bring people in who knew more about it. But I think there was some talk that we would need a .... not sure what it s called, but sort...
    mmm not sure if they have thought about that. None of us have the knowledge to organise it, we would have to bring people in who knew more about it. But I think there was some talk that we would...
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  15. 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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  16. 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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  17. 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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  18. 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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  19. 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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  20. 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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  21. 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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  22. 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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  23. 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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  24. 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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  25. 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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