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Some Useful Books for Off Grid Solar Systems

Here are a couple of books that can be very useful if you are designing or installing off grid solar systems. 

Ugly’s Electrical References, 2014 Edition is a book that is used by most electricians  as a off grid solar systemsreference manual.  While it is designed to be used as an on-the-job reference, it is very useful for anyone who is designing a backup generator or off grid solar system.

Ugly’s has all the formulas to help you understand things like Ohm’s Law, how to find amps, horsepower rating watts, kilowatts and many other things.   With it you can determine how many watts a motor will draw.  …

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Kill A Watt Can Determine the Size of a Generator/Solar System

Kill A WattThe last few days I have been playing with a new device.  I spent approximately $18 to purchase a Kill A Watt from Amazon. Now a Kill A Watt is a device that will measure exactly how much power you use to run an appliance.

The U.S Department of Energy reports that 20% of our electric bills come from items that are left plugged in when they are not in use, or items that are in standby mode. With the Kill A Watt P4400 we can monitor the energy eaters in our homes and cut down our electric bills at the same time.…

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The Advantages of Tri-Fuel Generators and How to Convert Yours

Watching the mess on the east coast and the people in long lines for gas has made me stop and think about my own preps.  So I decided to take action and evaluate my own fuel situation. Like most people, gasoline storage is always a problem for me.  While I do have a limited amount of gasoline stored, space, local laws and shelve life prevent me from storing what I would like.

So this morning I decided to partly solve the problem.  The first thing I did was to contact Central Maine Diesel a company that comes highly recommended.  http://www.generatorsales.com/used-generators.asp   They are a major supplier of tri-fuel carburetors for generators. …

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Rethinking Generators

If you have read many of my past writing, you will see that I have not encourage people to rush out and buy generators.  This was for several reasons, first, for the thousand or so you spend to buy a good generator you can buy a ton of food.  Second, most people are not in a position to store much fuel.  So here, they are with a good generator and 10 to 20 gallons of fuel.  Two or three weeks after the disaster, the generator is out of fuel and useless. Third, having lights and noisy generators can attract too much attention.  …

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The Storage of Propane

I consider propane the best fuel to store in bulk.  Large tanks (1000 gallons or larger) are readily available and are easy to get filled.  There are very few regulations on its residential storage.  It is stored in the tank as a liquid under pressure.  When the pressure is released it turns into a heavier than air gas.

The big consideration when deciding where to place your tank is the terrain.  Propane gas being heavier than air will flow downhill like water in case of a leak.  Place your tank downhill from your residence and other important locations if possible.  I have seen it flow downhill and accumulate under a building until it reached an ignition source. …

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Generators

Several of my friends who are sort of preppers have bought generators for emergency use. Myself I do not consider generators a high priority. It comes behind food, bandages, and self-defense. While a generator is great for short-term power outages, for long-term use it has some problems. For many of us money is a problem and we must set priorities.

I know people who have spent a thousand or more dollars on a generator and have 5 gallons of fuel on a good day. This money could have been put to better use buying food etc. Depending on where you live the use of generators may be limited by their noise and light.…

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