Join Date: Dec 2012
Location: NE & Windwards
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Re: Northeast Bomb Cyclone
The ubiquitous Honda just doesn’t cut it to run a house. Just like AC units the start up for geothermal pumps and heat exchangers is much higher than when running. Although everything in the house is led the compressors in the sub zero are a drawn. The hybrid hot water gets next to nothing off the solar in overcast. Etc.
In short while running our electrical use is trivial and in fact we sell back power. But to restart all the systems is a big draw and power production during inclement weather is quite low. We did several load calculations and need the 30kw propane generator to get things restarted. Upside is given fall in draw after start up there’s no reason to restrict any electrical activities.
Our town requires by law a transfer switch. Workers have died when people jerryrig. Not having one is a criminal offense with good reason. Even if not required in your town please install one.