Ive been thinking of ways to reduce my household power, so my idea is to set up some secondary low voltage power grids in my house. Ive already got a 1kw solar system which generates around 6.5 kwh a day, but every time I check my flukso I feel sick when I see a baseload of around 100 - 150 watts. This is what I was thinking
Micro Power Grid 1
- Cordless phone chargers
- Mobile phone chargers
- Electric Toothbrush chargers
- Kids Night light chargers
All these would be moved to a single location, a Gadget Charging
station. This would completely off the main power grid, and would
powered by small solar panel running a small inverter. So essentially
battery powered gadgets would be charged only during the day.
Micro Power Grid 2
- Server (Headless laptop)
- Skype Adapter
- ADSL Router
- Sprinkler Controller
- Burglar Alarm
- Fish Tank
All these are low volt AC or DC items which make up the bulk of my
house base load but need to be left on 24/7. I was thinking of
building a micro solar system to power all these, using a battery,
solar panels & inverter.
This would leave hardly any standby / baseload on the main AC grid,
allowing me to maximise my use of my Grid connected PV.
What are your thoughts?