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    solar power

    question do any of you use it. I was thinking of getting a small set up to power computer phone charger maybe even fridge for when we have hurricane as they cut our power due to fear of surge

    ave time with out has been 5 days I use my propane generator for about 6 hrs a day to keep freezer froze and do any heavy stuff like elevator

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    We don't have solar, but due to frequent power outages due to weather, we got a natural gas generator that kicks in automatically. Since we've gotten it, we've only had one short outage.

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    Is tesla powerwall still a thing? Might be easier to just use one of those to store up the power you need. No idea how long one would run a fridge though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by funklab View Post
    Is tesla powerwall still a thing? Might be easier to just use one of those to store up the power you need. No idea how long one would run a fridge though.
    before I would spend that kinda money I would go whole house generator

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    In order to power a fridge for 12 hours (night time) you would need a very large battery system, with a big solar array to charge it.

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    Out of curiosity, I've looked in the whole house generators. One would certainly solve the problem power outages, does not solve the problem of how much they cost. Estimates were in the $12-13 thousand dollar range, not includiing the concrete pad which would have tto be made for it.
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    My parents installed one that could power 3 separate zones of their house separately; you had to switch it between zones, but that worked for them, as they could switch off the kitchen zone to use the bedroom zone (ceiling track lift, adjustable bed, bathroom lights) and then switch the kitchen zone back on to keep the refrigerator running. Theirs cost less than $1000 (without installation). My dad was an EE, and installed it himself.

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    kld solar or propane generator I had whole house in ga it was about 5700 it was12k my son has it now I have a propane portable that is 5000 but I want solar to power computors I use portable for elevator and freezer and whatever else I need I run it about 6 hrs a day

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    I was considering it for the house I was building by the initial cost is prohibitive to me at this point. For small things I’m not really sure the benefit is there enough

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