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Here's an overview of how solar panels function, the purpose of solar inverters and benefits of a monitoring system.
Solar attic fans can reduce your home cooling costs.
Don't want to put solar panels on your home? How about a shed?
Are you talking about powering your home solely on solar (i.e. no back up power source or off grid).
The power, once convered from DC to AC via the inverter, is suitable for use by the home.
Most solar application are in supplement to the current powering of the home and will spin the meter back in the day but are not the primary.
OK - that should strike Atlantic Plumbing off your vendor list !
You say female pipe to copper pipe connection - I hope you are not saying they connected copper directly to galvanized or black iron pipe. If so, there should have been a dielectric union put in there to prevent corrosion, which could be part of your problem.
Also, generally a bad idea to use teflon tape for hot water tank connections - too much thermal cycling, loosens it up over time. Should use plumbers dope for that application.
It sounds to me like a connection problem - if the tank itself was leaking it should be flooding the top of the tank or more likely running down through the insulation and dripping out the bottom.
Unless you are a do it yourselfer, sounds like you need to find a new plumber with good reviews and rating in your area - Search the List (in green banner bar). This should be an easy fix - should have him put in dielectric couplings (about $5-10 each depending on pipe size) if current connection is iron to copper, and even if not, have him redo connection not only for cold but also hot water - if one was done poorly, probably both were.
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We were new owners of a house that we bought out of foreclosure, which had been vacant with no utility service for a year. After 6 months in the house, we estimated our average annual energy costs including hot water heating to be approximately $200 to $225/mo. The pre-solar system bills for this 2800sf home built in 2006 closely mirrored the bills of my other house, at 1250sf which was built in 1942 and therefore had far poorer insulation and older windows.
At the time we decided to purchase the solar system, the sales manager told us the following:
(1) We could finance the purchase so that our average monthly energy costs with the system (JEA + financing bill) matched our average monthly energy costs prior to the system installation (JEA + propane bill). We financed the system for 12 years, with payments of $225/month. The system has a life expectancy of 30 years.
(2) That the system would perform at its peak in the spring and summer seasons.
(3) Specifically, we were told that the installed system should generate an average of approximately $200/worth of electricity per month (> in summer, when we could expect to receive a higher credit than the JEA bill; < in winter, when we would apply credits earned in the spring and summer). In reality, the system has only generated between $12 and $45 per month in credits that actually appear on the JEA bill. The system generates additional power that is used in real time, and this real-time production/usage does not show up on the JEA bill at all as a credit because it is not sold back to JEA. Our average energy costs over the past 10 months are actually $45/month higher because the system is not generating enough power to truly pay for itself in the 12 year financing period. Over the full useful life of the system (30 years), we expect the system to pay for itself and to eventually lead to savings, but this will be difficult to calculate as the system is expected to 20% of its full production capacity over its useful life.
(4) That we did not need to cut the mature live oak tree on the east side of our house. When we asked to meet with the sales manager and owner to meet with us at our house 4 months after installation because we were only receiving $40/mo. in credits to the JEA bill, we were told that the15 PV panels and 2 water heater panels were only producing at 70% of capacity due to the morning shade from the tree to the east and that in order to increase production, we should substantially trim the tree. However, the majority of the morning shade to the east is produced by a 100+ year old live oak tree that is on our neighbor’s property, so trimming our tree will not substantially improve performance. We asked if the panels over the garage (the ones receiving substantial morning shade due to trees to the east) could be reinstalled at higher elevation to maximize sunlight– possibly even on rack type systems like systems we have seen elsewhere, with the other panels over the 2nd floor. was not receptive to that idea and told us that we had to work with the roofline that we had.
(5) That the panels needed to be cleaned once per year and that would send someone out once a year to clean them. However, 4 months later, told us that to improve system performance, we should clean the panels MONTHLY and that no longer sent people out to clean panels. The owner of the company added that even small twigs or leaves on the panel surface can substantially diminish energy production. We probably would not have installed the PV panels at all, and definitely not on a roof location near an oak tree, if had been honest with us at the outset that the panels needed to be cleaned monthly.
(6) That 6 months after installation, would host a “solar wine tasting party” at our house so we could invite our friends over to discuss the system performance. Nine months later, we still have not received any word from about this promotion, presumably because of our expressed concerns 4 months after system installation.
We placed at least 8 service calls to to deal with numerous installation problems that occurred within the first few weeks.
1. Hole in living room drywall made during installation of system in attic over garage – quickly responded and repaired the drywall after our call.
2. 4 or 5 calls about the hot water tank leaking small amounts of water on the garage floor – responded to all of our calls, and eventually the leak was repaired.
3. Water pipe from the hot water heating panels to the hot water heater in the garage burst 1 to 2 weeks after installation – responded quickly to our report that water was streaming down through the garage ceiling. They patched and painted the drywall ceiling after the pipe was repaired.
4. Loss of power to downstairs HVAC thermostat due to wire being pinched in attic during solar system installation – quickly responded and repaired after asking for a full explanation of the problem and when it occurred.
5. Inconsistent delivery of hot water to upstairs bathroom, especially on days after rain (water went cold after 5 minutes) – When we called 4 months after installation, they immediately replaced the thermostat in the hot water tank. It has worked fine since then.
By the time we had no fewer than 8 service calls to the house within 2 months after installation, we were beginning to have doubts about the system. Fortunately, was always quick to respond, and the past 4 months have gone without incident.
We are adjusting to the slightly increased energy costs over the next few years. We may have installed the entire system if we had received more truthful and complete information from at the outset. However, we probably would have decided to only have a solar hot water system installed (at 1/3 the cost, and as recommended by the other 2 contractors we spoke with) in the near term, and in a location on the roof that received the most direct sunlight. If had been honest with us about the impact of the tree to the east of our house on maintenance requirements and system production, we either would not have installed the PV panels or we would have researched more options for installing the entire system above the 2nd story part of our roof.
answered all of our questions and helped with the placement of where they should go for best effect. He also talked to us about the advantage of a solar-attic fan. We set-up our installation for the next week and the installer showed up and got everything taken care of that morning. It was seamless and painless. Every time someone comes over to our house, they always talk about how much they love the skylight, I have referred 5 people so far with more to come!
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