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E-News Issue #32

14 June 2000

Bread-maker Update

John W. said in a recent email that his Panasonic SD200 bread-maker only consumes 350Wh for one loaf of bread. He has tested this 6 times. He says that the trick is to turn off the power after the bread is baked and removed or the heater will still keep going.

Heating Appliances

The article two months ago on electric cooking appliances drew a fair bit of interest. As mentioned in this article the use of such appliances is only possible on large PV systems during periods of surplus power.

Hair Dryer

Most hair dryers use at least 1200W though they usually have a few low settings. A friend found a 400W 'travel' type hair dryer for $8. It has two settings and @ 25V it drew 8 and 17 Amps. It is quite effective for drying off on those cold winter evenings. Since one would only use it for a few minutes, it wouldn't use a lot of power.

Electric Blankets

One unit I looked at drew 128W maximum. Had separate left and right 64W heaters each with 4 settings. It is usually recommended that they only be turned on for 15 - 20 minutes before retiring and then turned off.

Fan Heater

While finding it very difficult to find a hair dryer or electric jug under 1200W. I was surprised to find a 750W bar heater at K-Mart! It has 2 bars and so can be run at 375W. It is a pleasant luxury for 5 minutes when you get out of the shower or on a cold winter's morning! I've also seen 1000W and 1200W dual element heaters.

Cheers from Dave and all the RPC crew.

Dave Lambert (Director)

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We install solar systems in Northern NSW and Southern QLD.


QLD:
Gold Coast (from Coolangatta to Southport), Nerang and Hinterland (Beaudesert) and out West (Warwick, Stanthorpe, Killarney)


NSW:
Northern NSW (Tweed Heads to Yamba, including Evans Head, Byron Bay and Ballina); the Far North Coast Hinterland (Grafton via Lismore to Murwillumbah) and out West (Casino to Tenterfield, including Drake and Tabulam, as well as Woodenbong and Bonalbo)

For larger system we also go up to Brisbane or down to Coffs Harbour and even Glen Innes. Other places by arrangement.