Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Three Times Each Day

There is something I do three times each day and more often on weekends when I'm home. First thing when I get up each morning, as soon as I get home from work and last thing before I go bed I check the amp-hours meter in the kitchen to monitor the batteries in my electrical system. It has become an enjoyable habit.

The meter in the photo below tells me the batteries to my electrical system are 96 percent full. I leave the meter set on percent full but it also displays voltage, amps, days since charged full, days since equalized and other pieces of information.

Today was sunny without clouds. When I arrived home from work at 5:45 I saw 100 percent. I checked the days since charged -- .15 days or about three and one-half hours earlier. By roughly 1:15 PM the batteries were full. I checked the high voltage, 29.3 volts, and reset the value to the current voltage so I'll know how high the voltage climbs tomorrow. Next, I took off my coat and hat.

Amp-hours meter below the control for the inverter. These are mounted on a wall in the kitchen where they are clearly visible from any location in the room.

If commercial electricity were made available I'd say "No, thanks." I enjoy being independent, being responsible for myself, maintaining my system, watching the weather and monitoring my usage.


Blogger Alex Pendragon said...

I FINALLY figured you out, dude.......OCD!

Great post!

11/19/2009 04:55:00 AM  

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