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Re: Low buck projects- Let's see 'em!
I may have mentioned this before. I put a relay on the freezer thermostat wires and power it off a FlexCharge dump load controller. When the voltage on the house bank gets high enough, it throws the relay and turns the freezer on (on high speed, no less), regardless of the freezers current temperature. I figure I'm storing extra energy as "cold"*, which means less nightly drain on the batteries.
* I know, there is only heat, not cold. But you get the idea. Should I have said it this way? I use extra energy from the solar panels to remove heat from the freezer and it's holding plate, so that at night the food and holding plate can absorb heat that is transferred through the insulation without the box getting warm enough to trigger the thermostat to turn the compressor on, thus saving cycles on the house bank.
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