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    Quote Originally Posted by katie23 View Post

    Davis, your 12k bill per month is obscene!
    Totally agree. But it's consistent with similar size houses here. Sadly. Boom....and the power just went out. 15th time in four or five days.

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    the system does not charge during night hours correct thats why you move to stored battery power in the system solar panels will still work when it is raining but not the same capacity as sunlight

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    Quote Originally Posted by TizMe View Post
    Maybe the meter is broken, but no.
    Very likely that it has been overloaded in the past, it often make them run slower. Don't ever replace it, it is gold worth!
    As a comparison: I replaced an aircon for my work room a few month ago, an aircon that has not been in use since a couple of years back so I could easily see what impact it had on our power consumption. It does run 24/7 but is set at 27 degrees so the compressor/outdoor unit does not start often.
    It increased our monthly consumption with slightly more than your total monthly consumption!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by lom View Post
    Don't ever replace it, it is gold worth!
    Indeed.

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    I've only ever lost power here three times in the 3+ years that I've been in PH.
    All times I was forewarned it was for maintenance, so could make arrangements to not be home.
    Looks like condo living is the way to go.

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    Just out of interest, I asked on another PH centric forum about what people are paying for their electricity.
    Seems, my bill is much more "normal" than what yours is.

    here's their bill info.

    We had a 90M2 condo in Manila some years ago, the A/C in the main bedroom went on religiously for 8 to 10 hours set at 24 degrees as our bedroom wall copped all the west sun, occasionally in the living area in the afternoon if we vegged out and watched tv but not often. Our bill was 2.5 to 3K per month.
    BTW we had electric water heaters in both bathrooms.
    We live in a small two bedroom home and have just one air conditioner. It runs just about 24/7 and our bill runs about P5,000 per month. Sometimes even P6,000. It changes monthly without rhyme or reason.
    We have one Air Conditioner ran only when hot and even then only from 2 - 4 hrs at night, hot and cold water dispenser, large side by side fridge and about 7 fans and an electric water pump it supplies all our water and our bill comes up to 5,500 peso's in the cooler seasons the electrical bill will be 4,000 pesos.
    my bill usually runs from 1800 to 3200 Pesos per month for my little bungalow with only myself & Asawa living here with occasional visits from her daughter & Apu. No AC, we only use fans for cooling and she does use elec cooktop & medium sized refrigerator.
    That's crazy amount to pay, I pay about 3500 a month.
    The total bill is usually p4,000-p5,000. Last month was the largest bill ever; it was p6,200.
    Range was 1900 to 2400 for six months ending in March.
    Have a good breeze so winter bills are low (2K), mostly for hot water and fridge, but in summer I use the AC frequently and it hits 6K for a few months before tapering back down again.
    Our house is 155 sq.m. We have 4 slit type inverter AC units, plus water heaters, large fridge, big TV, washing machine used daily. Our monthly bill is between 5 to 6,ooo monthly.

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    ^Don't doubt you, just don't have an explanation. I have a very large house, with a lot of folks in it every day. I use only one A/C at night. I have checked with several other home owners here, and have yet to find one with a bill under 10K.

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    Quote Originally Posted by OhOh View Post
    Here, as in Thailand? What electricity demands/products are you covering? Presumably the system shuts down when it rains and at night, yes?
    "here" is Australia, I left Thailand on December 2017 and yeah, it produces fuck all when the sun aint shining.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dorch View Post
    the system does not charge during night hours correct thats why you move to stored battery power in the system solar panels will still work when it is raining but not the same capacity as sunlight
    Without onsite storage how does the solar system still provide power when it is raining and there is a blackout ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fondles View Post
    Without onsite storage how does the solar system still provide power when it is raining and there is a blackout ?
    I doubt it would produce enough to keep your house powered. You need batteries.

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    Quote Originally Posted by katie23 View Post
    Davis, your 12k bill per month is obscene!
    How old are your aircons Davis?

    And do they have inverters? I'm guessing not..

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    Quote Originally Posted by Davis Knowlton View Post
    I use only one A/C at night
    Are your neighbour's windows all condensed and can you often see him running naked around his house, whistling Dixie?

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    Wife and I met with the solar guy today. Well-informed with good answers to all of our questions. I'm going for it. USD $8,420.00 for the total package...panels, all battery stuff and installation. I should recoup cost in slightly over three years, leaving my wife with one less monthly bill when I croak. Normally there's a 30% cost for installation - he's charging us only 10% as he's a friend of the family; also, my wife is on the board of directors of our 480 home residential compound - she could send a lot of business their way as people are REALLY fed up with the power company. More as installation commences - within a few days.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Davis Knowlton View Post
    USD $8,420.00

    Quote Originally Posted by Davis Knowlton View Post
    I should recoup cost in slightly over three years
    Bloody hell, your electricity is expensive. We pay less than 1/5 of that. Cook with gas and all lights are power-savers, use AC for about 10 hours per night. Big fridge and a chest deep freezer.
    Sounds like you've taken the right track.

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    ^Yep. Astronomical power costs here are only matched by the unreliability of the power company.

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    Is that Meralco, or do you have a different supplier there?

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    ^Called Batelec here. Same monopoly; different name.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Davis Knowlton View Post
    I should recoup cost in slightly over three years, leaving my wife with one less monthly bill when I croak
    Your legend ,ice maker, garden lamps and hot water will live on forever.

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