Wednesday, April 27, 2011

what watts?

Prepping to place a steel order from Mueller on Friday.  Since no instructions seem to have come with my greenhouse - I'm trying to put the rest together in my head.  Hope to figure out all the parts I will need to close in the monster.

A number of people have asked me how much wattage my new chest fridge draws when it's running and I have no idea.  Just ordered the Kill A Watt meter to find out.  The fridge is running off an inverter so it will be a good way to check my wattage and also the voltage drop from the long extension cord running from my battery house to the hut.  A very handy item to have around for the grid connected to see what appliances are energy hogs.  http://www.p3international.com/products/special/P4400/P4400-CE.html

While Denver Frank was here we got to talking about water filtration.  He suggested a product from Sawyer.  http://www.sawyer.com/products.htm#002   Looks like a good way to go for potable water from my gutters (if it ever rains again out here).  80,88,63,0,W

11 comments:

Gavin said...

John, I have a Kill-a-Watt, it's a great tool to have. It's really interesting to put a cost value against your daily used electrical items. I was accused of wasting electricity with my electric kettle (I'm a tea fan), but after a few days use we realized it wasn't anywhere nearly as bad as we thought.

Dani said...

JW - the "Owl" (http://www.theowl.co.za/) which we get in this country is attached to the mains-in wire - that way you are able to see all the energy you are consuming at any time. It also gives a daily and monthly total of energy used. And finally it also measures the carbon footprint for the power you have consumed.

I / we couldn't live without ours!

yehudis said...

We use the Berkey for filtration since it's gravity powered with excellent filtration. When I needed to get a new filter system, I wanted one that could also be used in an emergency, even without water pressure. But I can see why the sawyer would suit you better--you can just fit it to your tank that's collecting off the gutters and use as needed.
Can you extend the life of the elements by washing them or do they need replacement after x gallons?

yehudis said...

...I see at Sawyer that they are "infinitely" reusable because they are fully washable. Why didn't I see these before I got the Berkey?

neil said...

I found these while surfing...
http://shop.monolithic.com/pages/water-filters
similar prices to the Sawyer ones

Cindy said...

Love my Kill a Watt. It arrived the other day and I have been playing with it quite a bit... very educational.
Thanks for the water filter link, will check it out!
Looks like you and JD had a great time... good friends make even the most mundane day better! and you day didn't look mundane at all.

jicky said...

Echoing the Kill-A-Watt love. It's really helped me decide what to keep and bring out with me and what to get rid of. Great great tool.

Mikey Sklar said...

Glad to hear you ordered a kill-o-watt. I use mine at least once a week.

What size chest freezer did you buy for the conversion? My 5cu tends to run at 250Whrs each day. I've talked to other conversion owners and that is typical. You won't find a energy star upright that comes anywhere close to 50Whrs per cubic foot usually they are in the 115Whrs range.

Do you have enough energy excess energy for distillation? I bought a $160 Nutriteam electric distiller just to burn up our extra energy we have during the fall/winter/spring months. I'll have to figure something else out for the summer where we don't have any juice to spare.

http://blog.holyscraphotsprings.com/search?q=distiller

John Wells said...

Mikey...my conversion is using a 5cu.ft. freezer....thanks for the numbers to watch for. I got extra energy but will be using it for two more/larger swamp coolers for the container house and workshop, and ventilation and irrigation for the greenhouse - planning on a solar distiller as a future project.

Allen Hare said...

Very interesting post and comment thread today. Thanks for the excellent product links. I will probably be getting both of them soon.

This is a tie said...

You should note that the Kill-a-watt tells only how much energy is used. The Kill-a-watt EZ tells you how much it actually costs you.