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Join date : 2014-12-15
Location : Melbourne Vic Australia

PostSubject: Hi from Melbourne   Mon Dec 15, 2014 3:12 am

Just thought I ought to say hello.

I'm living in suburbia and using the grid extensively.
Only solar we use is solar hot water and a solar fridge in the garage that I made.
We grow most of our own fruit and veg but otherwise are reliant on the matrix
(councils, energy companies chain stores etc.)

I do like tinkering in my spare time.
As well as the fridge, I've made a very inefficient wind turbine from an old fan,
which helps keep the batteries charged on windy days.

A peltier based liquid cooling system for a testbed PC.

and lots of other mini projects.

If/when we move to a new place we will use solar for most of our electricity needs.

Meanwhile I'm gathering info and plan on trying out a lot of small scale "off grid" projects.

My non energy efficient hobbies are:

Brewing beer (uses lots of energy but still cheaper and better than buying it)
Keeping tropical fish
Fast cars/motor racing

My more earth friendly hobbies are:

Gardening esp. heirloom plants

Well that's a basic intro, so hello to all

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PostSubject: Re: Hi from Melbourne   Mon Dec 15, 2014 4:22 am

Hello Gerry,

Welcome aboard !

All great hobbies, and a solar beer fridge is top-notch in my book !

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Location : Portland Oregon

PostSubject: Re: Hi from Melbourne   Tue Dec 16, 2014 12:21 am

Hi Gerry. Welcome to the forum. You got my attention on the home made beer! Feel free to start a post showing your builds and ideas. look forward to seeing what you come up with! SD.
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PostSubject: Re: Hi from Melbourne   Thu Dec 18, 2014 7:38 pm

Hi Gerry
Hooked me on the PC cooler....lets talk. I'm in a country town up north in NSW, very much tied to the grid at 38c a kWhour. Just ordered a 9kW Solar from a Victorian company, happy to share the information. Will do batteries when they get cheaper....2016...2020...who knows.

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