An 18 cu ft Energy Star refrigerator I looked at is rated to use 382 kWh per year.
lotek wrote: »
Dayton Ohio, My sister-inlaw lives there, and its FREEZING that time of yr.
Just put the frig on the porch and you wont have a power bill for it.
Back in the day. when I lived in the north Ga mountains, we did this, and had to put the milk inside the house at night to keep it from freezing. The house would get down to around 45 at night after the fire whent out, but warmed rapidly after the cook stove was stoked for morning coffee.
solarvic wrote: »
You don,t want to put some of the newer refrigerators in the cold now. The computerboard shuts them down and you lose your food. The GE model I had previously says in the owners manual to keep the fridge in the house. I gave it to my daughter as an extra fridge as the side by side she had is limited in width. I always wanted a side by side till I saw the disadvantages of them. She put the GE in the garage before in her other house and lost all her frozen food. She moved again and put the ge in the garage and lost all the frozen food again. Thought she would have learned the lesson from the first time. When that fridge shuts down because you put it in the cold the computer board in it has to be reset. Vic
icarus wrote: »
If you are full time, conventional energy star is far and away the best way to go.
icarus wrote: »
We run a generator (to charge batteries) perhaps 5 days a year. We have a fairly well balanced system such that we have several days reserve without drawing the batteries down more than ~30% and one good sun day will bring them back to 100%.
My point is, if I wished to add ~750 wh/day of capacity, I know quite well how much bigger my PV system would need to be to stay in that balance. Like I said in the previous post, in my case ~$1300