But, back to where I was - the limited solar power caused our first few weeks on the farm to be extremely "interesting".
You remember that I purchased an Owl electricity monitor for RMan a couple of years ago. Well, it was actually intended for the farm, so that we could monitor our power consumption.
And that little Owl has been brilliant! At any time we have been able to see what power we are draining from the batteries.
... that it's only supposed to draw 100watts! Oh boy, that little fridge sure had it's work cut out. I often battled to find space to cram another item into it.
|Crammed to capacity|
|The laptop on charge only|
|As you can see from the Owl on the 29th July|
we had consumed 29 Kw of energy from the
sun - for the entire month.
The 258 watts is what the PC draws.
And the temp, which I've bored you all
to tears with, was 13.2oC - inside - at 10.30a.m.
in the morning.
We even tried adding 3 X new 135watt panels to the existing 75 watt panels. They are to be installed on the new garage roof, but until we are able to do that, we tied them to window frames and secured the fronts with tyres so that the North Westerly wind which blows in winter, couldn't take them for a spin without our permission.
|Not an aesthetically pleasing picture, but, heck,|
whatever works, and is only temporary, is fine
for a limited period of time...
|Laundry in the kitchen LOL Idiot me -|
I only see the kettle now - all
that steam couldn't have helped...!
|The past meets the future...|
... and it created a wonderfully warm "gemutlich" atmosphere
BUT - we have now got the new panels in situ on top of the new garage roof (pics to follow as soon as I can upload them / create the blog posting), and I finally have my normal fridge - with freezer. Happy days!!The old trusty, meets the older trusty LOL
|It didn't take me long to fill the bigger fridge LOL|
Leftovers are my worst nightmare...! As you can
see RMan has an entire shelf for his liquid refreshment,
so now he's happy too :)
But, a freezer means...
...we don't have to drive 60kms every 2 - 3 days in order to purchase perishables. Because now I have fridge (freezer) space. And it also means that I can finally have ice in my glass of rosé at the end of the day :) And not a day too late LOL Who wants to drink warm rosé in summer?
Things are definitely improving. "Cheers" :)