From the monthly archives:

December 2017

Disaster Preparedness with a Prius

December 31, 2017

I commonly get questions about battery backups, generators, solar panels, and other provisions which might be useful for disaster preparedness. There were plenty of disaster-related comments on social media at the end of September, due to Hurricane Maria hitting the coastline of the United States. And while most of us enjoy fantastic electric service on [...]

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Snow Rake for Solar Panels

December 11, 2017

A few days ago, we got the first snow storm of the year. Not a big deal, but that was the first snow we had since I installed the solar array on my garage. I found that using a broom, even from a ladder, I could only clear the lowest of the three rows of [...]

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Snow-cover on my Solar Panels!

December 9, 2017

I woke up this morning to a gray half-light, and a blanket of snow covering everything…. including my solar panels! Hmmm. What would this do to my solar power production? To find out, I thought I would clear the snow off as many of the panels as I could and see what the difference would [...]

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Solar Shading

December 6, 2017

A few weeks ago, I started noticing a shadow creeping up to the solar panels on my garage. Sure enough, in winter the sun would be low enough in the sky for the shadow of a pine tree in my front yard to start blocking solar panels! What’s a person to do?! Well, other than [...]

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Gen 2 Flux Mopeds DIY Special

December 2, 2017

Recently, I’ve had a fair number of people asking me about electric scooters. Not only are scooters fun to ride, but you don’t need a motorcycle license, and they are often cheaper to insure and title. That’s why I was excited to recently hear from Matt at Flux Mopeds. A while back, they had a [...]

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