To answer your question, those ten new panels have done an amazing job! We have not run our generator once this summer. Not one time! I can tell you, that has saved us a lot of money at the gas pump. Didn’t have to hear that roaring sound outside, or smell the fumes of that gasoline motor. I always hated that sound. One of the things I have loved about living in the forest, is not hearing all that noise you hear in other places. Just the birds singing. We don’t even hear airplanes except at night, or the occasional helicopter keeping an eye on the state forest (so nobody starts a forest fire). I realize our Peaceful Forest Homestead will always be an ongoing project. We both think of new things we want to do, and how to improve our life here. We are both older now, and want things a bit easier. I was tempted at one point last year, to move to a grid-tied home. I have changed my mind on that. How could I live like that after living here for fifteen years? It would be such a step down! This really is THE life! I think our ten new panels is what made the difference.
Watching our Trimetric meter’s little green charging light has been a lot more fun since we got these ten new panels. I am not saying you can’t live with a smaller system. We did, and we could again. It is just that once you build your little system larger, you really do appreciate those items you didn’t have enough power to use before. Which items? I will be writing about those in the very near future. So stay tuned!
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