No worries-- your panels almost certainly have the blocking diod... moreNo worries-- your panels almost certainly have the blocking diodes, so shade only affects one panel.
Microinverters are nice but they're not yet rated for all panels, while a traditional string inverter has a lot more features (and processing power, and durability). Solar companies like microinverters because they get a better profit margin on them and because they're much faster to install.
Our inverter is the Sunny Boy 4000TL-US grid-tied inverter, but the "Secure Power Supply" feature might be available for more inverter models. (It might even be an upgrade kit for your model.) I wasn't aware of the SPS until I read about it while I was installing the inverter... and I still have to buy the conduit, fittings, receptacle, and cover plate to add it to the house.
When the hurricane comes, though, this will be a nice supplement to charcoal BBQs, hand-cranked radios, and battery-powered lanterns. less
We were bad last night, we had frozen pizzas with ready made sal... moreWe were bad last night, we had frozen pizzas with ready made salads.My two yr old kept asking for "pitza" and ate half a pizza! She had the chicken pox this week and lost her appetite, I think it is safe to say it is back.
That is respectfull.
I wondered how memorial day is "celebrated"... moreThat is respectfull.
I wondered how memorial day is "celebrated" in the US. Some things are the same but we do it slightly different. On the 4th of May, at 8 pm a trompetist plays "The last post" and everyone* in the Netherlands is silent for two minutes to remember and respect those that have fallen for (our) freedom. *Anti-socials excludedYou can read about it on Wiki (Remembrance of the Dead) if you like.
I was on holiday in France a few weeks ago. There were many little but also huge militairy graveyards there. I had never seen that before. I thought by myself "I wish I could thank their families". And now I find this topic.So when you are reading this and you are from a militairy family or are in the militairy yourself; thank you. Thank you for defending freedom and fighting for freedom around the world.When your familymember(s) suffered or died to liberate Europe from Hitler, I thank you. Without the help from abroad, the Dutch people would have suffered so much longer. I would not be alive without th... less
I do make sure I don't cook to little but also not to much. ... moreI do make sure I don't cook to little but also not to much. A lot of perfectly good food ends up as trash yearly and I realized I was binning to much as well some years ago. I rarely have left overs now.
We do have to put some small bits of dinner in the bin almost daily cause dinner is not the favorite meal of the day for the kids. Fruit is not anyones favorite thing here, so I do still throw away fruit unfortunately. I'm thinking about buying a juicer to solve both problems and make sure everyone get the right nutrition daily.
My grandparents have been trough WII and have been very hungry at times, they thought me to respect food and not to throw away to much as well. less
Good Morning, Here we are at the end of May. This is our last Fr... moreGood Morning, Here we are at the end of May. This is our last Friday to stretch our $$$$$$$$ for the month. Share your plans for the start of your weekend. Babs
The directions I use are based off of these from the Southern Pl... moreThe directions I use are based off of these from the Southern Plate website.
In a nutshell, put 1 cup of ground coffee in a quart jar, fill jar with water (leaving an inch of headspace at the top). Stir the coffee grounds into the water, then put a lid on the jar and leave it on the counter for about 12 hours. Using a strainer/colander lined with a coffee filter, strain the liquid into another container. This will take a few tries and more than one coffee filter.
And that's it! Even cheap coffee tastes better and less acidic (at least to my taste) this way, and I didn't even have to use any electricity to brew it. It's very strong, so I only use a few ounces of the coffee at a time. For iced coffee, I use about 4 oz. of the cold brewed coffee, 3-4 oz. milk, add a little sweetening, and fill the rest of the way with ice for a 16 oz. serving.
If I wanted to use it for hot coffee, I would use 4 oz. of the cold brew to 4 oz. of boiling water, then add cream and sweetener as usual. less
Place all ingredients in shallow baking pan '
Bake in 200 oven for 25 minutes
Stirring occasionally blend ingredients using a blender till well ground
Pour into container to stir
Makes 3/4 cup curry power
Photo courtesy of David Goehring
It's that time of year again! Graduation season is in full swing, and the same stupid advice is being bandied about toward this year's graduates as was passed along to every previous graduate in the history of education. In particular, I'd like to debunk the...
by AJ Smith
Congratulations! You got a raise, came into an inheritance or sold your home for a profit. No matter what has brought more money into your budget, it’s important to manage that money wisely. Just because you have greater access to money doesn’t mean...
Hello to all my Frugal Friends!
According to an article in Employee Benefit News HR departments are concerned about their employees finances. That makes sense. An employee who's worried about paying the bills can't give full attention to their work.
They quote a survey of human res...
Shouts of joy at the freedom of summetime stretching before them often turn into moans of boredom as children who are used to having their days scheduled start wondering what do do now.
Your kids might not be bored yet because the season is still early, but it's bound to happen at some poin...
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