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Home Update

Chickens first.

The chickens have slipped into our lives so smoothly it is like they have been there forever. They are no hassle. It is funny watching them come running up to you the way they do when they think you have food. Still getting six eggs a day and they eat anything so all our organic waste gets fed to them. Just fed them a leftover curry today so that could be interesting for someone. Anything I don’t want to feed to them gets composted instead so the only stuff we now throw out is plastic packaging.

Everything is going smoothly at the moment so I’m going to stop commenting on the chickens until something of note happens.

Solar Panels next. I’ve not had time to do anything about these yet.

Current status is I have bought a 120W solar panel, a 20A controller, cables and two 125Ahr batteries. The panel set, including cables, came to £204.99 and the batteries to £166. I also bought a book on how to wire them all up together.

I went for the kit because I wanted something that would fit together easily with no compatability issues and also by addition of another panel I have a 240W system which is larger than any single item I want to power at this point. Buying a kit rather than individuals may work out more expensive but should be easier for as beginner such as myself to start with. The dual batteries are because I want to soak up as much charge as possible and maximise my power storage. Two may not be enough or it may be overkill but we will find out.

3 comments to Home Update

  • Kenneth Eames

    Hello SD, Details of the book would be valuable. It will enable us to learn before buying. Where you bought the kits would also be a good reference for when my “ship comes in”. This kit and Batteries seem to me to be a very good price. Keep us informed when you have it up and running. Kenneth Eames

  • Skean Dhude

    Ken,

    Click on the links. They are all the items I purchased.

  • Undertaker

    Another purchase to put on the when time and money allows list; very interested to see how you get on with this SD.

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