Phantom Loads

I discovered your magazine about six months ago, and have become a most avid reader indeed While I benefit from utility electricity, water, and gas all piped to my door, I have decided to see what I could do about reducing my energy consumption. Not off grid, but less grid, if you like. To that end, I recently bought one of the new generation of small plug-in electric energy meters, such Less aluminum means lower cost much lower. SolarMount Light is more than a third lighter than standard rail,...

Postmodern

Jennifer and Lance Barker are some of mine. They've managed to do what my family has done live without utility electricity for decades but without relying on nonrenewable fuels for cooking, space heating, or backup electricity. Here's how these two postmodern pioneers meet their energy needs using electricity solely from the sun. Postmodern pioneers Jennifer and Lance Barker put the sun to work on their homestead. Left A 5-kilowatt solar-electric array provides the...

Then now

Then (inset) Dave Palumbo with the original battery bank, circa 1990. Now Dave next to the latest PV array. Then (inset) Dave Palumbo with the original battery bank, circa 1990. Now Dave next to the latest PV array. Looking back at our decision to produce our own electricity for our new home site, I am amazed at how this one choice had such a profound effect on our lives. People David & Mary Val Palumbo Issue June July 1990, HP17 Many RE industry pioneers got involved professionally after...

Window Treatment

In HP118, I saw two references to dealing with window heat loss. There is an excellent product for this that I have been using for 25 years in my off-grid, 2,500-square-foot, passive solar home that you may want to investigate removable acrylic windows. For an earth restored and a world at peace. Specializing in Independent Electric Power for the Remote Home where utility power is not available. For 30 years, your questions have been personally answered by the good folks at Backwoods Solar that...

Archive

Contract on Saturday, April 14, 2001, with Carlson Solar in Hemet, California, to install a solar-electric system rated at 10 KW at my house in Palm Springs. I refinanced the house to pay for the system, which will be installed the first week of June 2001 Your article was the first I've seen in the magazine that actually had anything good to say about what's happening here in California. I hope more people take the lead. The Next Generation of Solar Bozos Jun Jul 2003, HP95 It was just over two...

Water Consumption By Type Lawn Industry

Proper layout of passively heated homes, photovoltaic PV systems, and solar thermal systems is important for getting the most out of your solar resource. Not only is it imperative to use the proper tools for evaluating shading, but also important is the proper orientation of a home or solar collector relative to true south. PV systems sited within 10 degrees of true south lose a maximum of only 2 percent of their generating capability. For math-oriented people The cosine of 10 degrees is...