Thanks for your input Steve.
After purchasing a plow/dump truck, generator and a skid steer with diesel engines, I appreciate gasoline engines more. The gasoline engines without computers are my most dependable power units. Easy to start even in subzero weather. Once it gets below 20 F (-7C), plugging in diesels is a must. Fortunately it stays above 20 F in the generator shen even when it’s -30F. Largely because I can run the generator for quite awhile with the windows and door closed while charging.
Energy…being plugged into the grid is so much easier. The benefits of being off grid is, I’m in charge of my power. Downfalls of being off grid is, I’m in charge of my power. Just over 2 years ago, a friend of mine brought everything I needed to have my own power. What he didn’t leave was experience. Matter of fact, most of his installations are grid tied systems. My ignorance bought me 2 years of problem free power. This has caught up with me this Winter. Thinking I just ruined my battery bank, I started reaching out. I really didn’t just want a fix, I wanted to be educated. David B from DOW here was a Godsend. He gave me a lot of time to explain many things to me. The time he gave me and time I spent on the phone with the battery manufacturer, I’m glad to say I’m back up and running with a greater understanding of proper maintenance and actually revived my batteries. I have a small system. It’s a system I could afford at the time. In the Winter when the sun is out, I only need to run my generator one time per day. This summer, it may not need to fire up when I have full sun. The difference? Much is due to battery temps. I lose half of my battery capacity with our wonderful temperatures. I store my freezer food outside so the water for the chickens can remain in liquid form.
I can’t say enough good about the people on DOW here. Today I am less ignorant yet short of getting a diploma in energy use. I hope I continue to learn everyday.