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You can buy the cells wholesale and make your own panels.
I apologize, as I did not mean to hijack a thread but I do understand. Solar technology still utilizes the same concept, but has vastly improved over the past few years and the prices are very reasonable. In fact, many states actually offer a tax credit/grant for the implementation of solar energy.Total thread hijack approaching...
I live in Florida. My light bill is @500/mo. At least half of that is AC (literally, that thing runs 20 hours of the day, even in winter, at this exact time 3:44AM, it is 81 deg outside.). I want to get solar, just to run the AC, ceiling fans, and one outlet per room, where a LED lamp will be used in the day, then switch to conventional in the evening. I cant afford the entire set up at one time, so I want to 'go half' and see how that works. (Home is 7 years old, lots of effective insulation, 3000 sq ft, energy efficient appliances, 5 small kids, dog, doors and fridge open all the time, washer and dryer constantly running, no leaky door or window seals...)
The last time I checked on it, the panels were VERY expensive and had something like a 20 minute warrantee (well, it was longer than 20 min, but not long enough to justify the 'payback').
If things have changed;; shoot me a message if your aware of anything that would suit my needs.
I'm with ya on that. I could buy an 84 Suburban and save more money than what others pay on car payments.I don't get the appeal of a hybrid in this class. OK, they get, what, 45-50mpg? I get 30/37 on my 20 year old Escort, so I have to pay 30k for a car that gets slightly better mileage?
The solar powered fan has been available on the Toyota Prius Hybrid since 2010. It uses 0 battery, only solar. The link below is a short video on the matter.let me know if they are gonna come out with a WAGON.
Hopefully a real wagon, with real racks, not a slope-back pseudo-wagon.
Test drove an Accent wagon. No rear/side vision, and my 95 Escort felt like a Cadillac afterword. Just so much more solid and powerful.
As far as Solar, I don't understand why cars don't have a solar panel to at least drive a small fan to expel hot air and suck in cooler air when parked. Used to live in a house with no AC but heater had a "cool" setting that sucked in cooler air from somewhere. Worked great when left on 24/7 and the dumb roomies didn't open all the windows in heat of the afternoon. 60yr+ old system, American made.
1. The Honda Insight Hybrid has a base MSRP of just $18,725- I talked to a dealer out of curiosity and with proper negotiations it can be obtained for $17,000 WITH all taxes, title, tags, dealer fees ect. included. This depends on your negotiating skills but the base MSRP is still just $18,725 for 41 MPG city, 44 MPG highway. Plus it is loaded with modern technology features.I don't get the appeal of a hybrid in this class. OK, they get, what, 45-50mpg? I get 30/37 on my 20 year old Escort, so I have to pay 30k for a car that gets slightly better mileage? I guess if you drove enough it would eventually pay off, but I don't. And them there's the maintenance costs... I mean hybrids have engines, transmissions, etc in them, just like a normal car, now add expensive batteries.... My last battery lasted almost 11 years, my current one is approaching 6 years, let's see a hybrid do that!
My last Toyota Prius Hybrid which was fully loaded lasted 223,000 miles with zero failures. Just basic maintenance- oil changes, tires, 1 alignment, battery replacement free of charge under warranty at 116,000 miles.I'm with ya on that. I could buy an 84 Suburban and save more money than what others pay on car payments.
And also.. not sure how you guys treat your cars, but all those fancy electronics always seem to fail.
I've got a lincoln town car that was given to me, looked great when I got it. Tons of bells and whistles, all worked.
Gave it to my mom.. literally started falling apart once used. It's biggest trick for passengers is how you can tap the brakes and it'll lock all four doors.
Wondered how the hell the passenger door handle panel got ripped off when I got home once.. started messing with the wires driving. Started arcing all over the place without blowing fuses lol.
Just traded her a 5 spd wagon for it (now can convert to pick-up). Went outside the day after replaced headgasket on the wagon to clean out the car some.. saw some trash next to it.. turned out to be the little rear window. Me and my brother had to use a heat gun to remove it one day cause after it did its trick a couple years ago, someone locked the drivers door. And we don't have a key for it. Of all days though.. was just bout to treat it with some love.
That's the day and the life of a 20 year old beater. I do admit that since no one has ever taken full responsibility for this as THEIR car, we all treat it like shit.. but it earned its reputation first.
Now would sure love to see how a 20 year old hybrid. drives itself mojo machine would handle.
Hate to keep rambling bout this. but even its single near breakdown was retarded. step father used it one day when I was working on his car.. comes home with a broken tie-rod . 1 wheel pointed straight, the other pointed left. The back tire half flat, 4 windows wound down.
Sunroof works great though. Plan on putting one in an Escort sometime. Totally inspired by this car. I'd vote for a wagon with sunroof for a new Ford Focus/Escort. Doubt it'd look as cool as a 2nd gen with one though.