Getting through winter

It’s been a little while since I’ve posted and, for that, I apologise.

I’ve taken on an exciting role with a new Aussie website called One Step Off The Grid which features the stories of ordinary people all over the world who are…well, going off-grid.   It’s a sister publication to Renew Economy which some of you might be familiar with.   I’ll be sharing some of those stories on this site; if you have an off-grid or good grid-connect story, let me know.

In the meantime, I wanted to share some stats from our system through June 2015, which is of course the dead of Melbourne winter.  Not as cold as some parts of the world, but still pretty chilly!

The state of charge (SOC) of our battery bank looked something like this:

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You can see that we had a run of a few cloudy days where the batteries haven’t quite floated – got to 100%.  However, despite the batteries (lead acid) being 3 years old, we’re still not dropping low enough for it to be an issue.  (If we were, we’d organise a back up generator that would charge them up.)

While we were aware of the days when we didn’t float, we didn’t really change our energy-guzzling habits – TV was on and we still reheated our warming soup in the microwave!

So…if you’ve been wondering (like many others) how we cope through winter, this should answer a few questions for you.  Of course, if there’s anything else you’d like to know, don’t hesitate to get in touch!

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