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Response to Kaleva (Original post)

Tue Jun 17, 2014, 06:19 AM

6. propane lighting

although a propane lantern gives a lot of light, it also gives a lot of heat. You would want to have electric light, LEDs are super efficient and you can charge a small battery with solar panels. Even if you only had an LED head-lamp and some AAA batteries, you could get a small charger for that. And although propane operated refrigeration is pretty nifty, such units are not common and not easily repaired when they leak. An electric refrigerator is more practical in many respects - but has its own attendant power needs. You can buy small chest-type freezers and simply change the thermostat for a refrigerator thermostat and have a well-insulated and efficient unit - but it will use much of the output of 300 or 600 Watts of solar panels (an investment of somewhat over a thousand US$ considering panels, wiring, and controller). Of course that would easily cover the power for lighting too. And even some power to run a fan now and then.

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