I went for a ride yesterday just before sunset. Everyone has gone home by then so it's real peaceful.
I've been noticing for the last two days that my electrical use has been way down. Like I've mentioned before normally I've been using between 20 and 30 percent of my batteries usable power at night, but lately that's gone down to less than 10 percent.
The only thing different in my life that would affect my electrical use is I no longer have a whole house inverter and I'm charging batteries for my computers, and phone on small portable inverters.
To me this proves what I've suspected all along, is that my computers are my main power users and therefore are the best way to conserve power during times of limited sunshine.
Knowing this has shown me that maybe there's a better more efficient way of using my two main laptops. Right now my 17 inch Asus is set up to do almost everything I need to do on a laptop, from making a video to writing an email, it's the one I use 95 percent of the time. Where as my 13 inch Sony laptop mostly lived in the truck and was used occasionally as a GPS for locating boondocking sites.
When the inverter quit and charging batteries became a chore I brought the Sony into the Arctic Fox and starting using it for some things mostly because it's battery will last for about four hours, and I've got two spares. But with the 17 inch Asus I'm lucky to get an hour and a half out of it's battery.
Since the Sony uses about two amps an hour and the Asus uses about 10 I'm thinking maybe I should make the Sony my main everyday computer, and use the Asus just for heavy duty jobs like making videos or watching HD movies.
This will require putting some software on the Sony that it will need to do jobs other than just be a GPS with a bunch of DeLorme topo maps on it, but it would allow me to be able to play on the computer when the weather is bad enough that I'm having to conserve electricity.
So I'm thinking what could some folks possibly learn from this may be that if you're setting up a solar system and battery bank, maybe you should be more concerned about your computer than your hairdryer.
This picture has all five of the major cacti that live in this area. And they are from front to back, Rope, Cholla, Ocotillo, Saguaro, and prickly pear.
This picture demonstrates one of the many reasons why you don't wear sandals in the desert.