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Entries from March 2012


March 30th, 2012 · 18 Comments

After buying my Acura MDX a year and a half ago, I had buyer’s remorse. One comment I made below this post was that I could have bought a Chevy Volt instead, since it looked like I was going to keep my Honda mini-van anyway. Well, I finally did just that. I traded in my […]

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Tags: Computers, Tech & Science · Family Updates


March 23rd, 2012 · 4 Comments

That’s how much electricity I bought from SRP this month. There is a $15 service charge each month and some taxes added on that, so my total bill is $19.21. Last March I paid $116. I would have been net negative this month except for a couple of cloudy days. As I’ve mentioned before, March […]

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Tags: Computers, Tech & Science · Family Updates

Cloudy Day Paradox

March 19th, 2012 · 6 Comments

On cloudy or partly cloudy days, like today, I generate less electricity from my solar panels. Of course, that makes sense. The paradox is that on a partly cloudy day like today, although the power may fluctuate up and down as the clouds cover and then uncover the sun, the peak power is higher than […]

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Tags: Computers, Tech & Science


March 12th, 2012 · 2 Comments

Here’s a graph of our power usage from SRP so far for the Feb 22 – Mar 21 billing period. We’re just about breaking even, as the days get longer and warmer. We’re getting more sunlight and therefore more power, and using less for heating. The days stand out when we do laundry or a […]

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Tags: Computers, Tech & Science · Family Updates

Solar Points

March 6th, 2012 · 6 Comments

Just a couple of comments on solar power. I see SRP and other power utilities claiming large areas of desert to install centralized solar energy generation facilities. There may be economic reasons where large scale installations are more efficient, but it seems to me that it makes more sense to utilize the “empty” space on […]

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Tags: Computers, Tech & Science · Opinion

Fan Page

March 5th, 2012 · 1 Comment

One of Devon’s fans started a Facebook Fan Page for him. It wouldn’t hurt him if you went to his page and clicked “Like” in the mid-upper right area.

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Tags: Family Updates