Category: Off-the-Grid Power

Taking a Whack at the Wind Generator

By , November 7, 2019

We’ve seen a dip in our solar power intake lately. I have to assume it’s because of our rapid loss of daylight here in the upper latitudes of the U.S., but it’s been so precipitous that yesterday I checked our power lines for any disconnects that might account for the decrease. I found nothing; everything seems fine, we’re just not getting as much sun as we have in the past.

Looking at previous records on this, I see that in the waxing daylight, at the other side of the winter solstice, we see a jump in solar intake, so a corresponding drop makes sense.

On an overcast day, it’s hard to gauge the depth of the cloud cover, but I assume it’s thicker recently, limiting our daylight even more. The rapidly advancing hours of dark, and the change back to “standard” time on the 4th haven’t helped (see Stop Messing Around With Time!). We’ve noticed that we need headlamps in the forest, and headlights on the road much earlier all of a sudden, which encourages us to assume that the cloud cover is that much heavier lately.

Zeiger Family Homestead Power Point

The Power Point on a cloudy, not-so-solar-active day (Photo: Mark A. Zeiger).

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LED Light Update

By , October 28, 2019

We had a unique occurrence in the cabin recently: an LED cluster light bulb burned out.

I remember writing about these clusters on the blog at one time. I found out I’d done that in March 2013 (see Light Housekeeping). In one of the last posts (Light Housekeeping Concluded) I profiled the LED cluster bulbs, commonly called “corn cobs” because of their appearance, and noted that only time would tell if they were effective. Time did tell; they were effective, this particular one for five and a half years. That’s not bad for a “single” light bulb.

New LED lights in Zeiger family cabin

Hard to tell in a snapshot, but the new LED cluster bulb bathes our living area in warm light (Photo: Mark A. Zeiger).

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