How to reduce electricity consumption?

@agihcam (1916)
Philippines
June 25, 2008 9:32pm CST
Today electricity consumption is getting high, specially during summer seasons. I was thinking of some alternative which can reduce the electricity consumption and your opinion will be needed. I was thinking to use inverter as a source of household power supply. This inverter will be supplied by a 12 volts DC battery ( car battery ), and in order to maintain the charge of the battery, we need to have the alternator to charge the battery, so it has a continuous flow. What do you think?
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@ferdzNK (3214)
• Philippines
26 Jun 08
I been thinking the idea for quite some time now. Using an inverter is easiest way for powering up a PC and its peripherals but the problem here is how to charge the 12v car battery. Using charger is like going back to the original problem, using an alternator since its mechanical need gas which is also expensive. I think it is not efficient too since the 12v source has to be brought up to 220v which the PSU has to bring down again 12V.
@agihcam (1916)
• Philippines
26 Jun 08
Hmmm. Using alternator does not require gas, since we can have 12 volts motor to drive the alternator using belt.What do you think?
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@ferdzNK (3214)
• Philippines
27 Jun 08
So we'll plug the 12v motor to run the alternator to charge the battery that will source the inverter. Don't you think its much better to just use a electronic battery charger? In which case were back to using electricity which will consume more due to conversion and transfer loses by these added devices. I am really wondering why the solar panel did not work for us. I've seen a documentary tv show one time by a German firm who conducted a study to electrify one fishing village here in our country using solar powered batteries. I've seen it work, why should not? but that the last thing I've heard from it. Maybe its the production cost or the maintenance thing, I don't know.
@ruperto (1552)
• Philippines
9 Dec 08
perhaps as the cost of solar panels and related equipment drops in the next few years, there may be a good return on investment. cheers
@bubuth (1816)
• Philippines
15 Sep 12
I agree, electricity consumption go higher and higher every summer and I think your idea will be useful too. I also think about the solar because I saw one of our neighbor using solar as the source of their electricity but my parents told me that solar are too expensive. But in the other half of my mind, solar is expensive but we only have to spend money just once because we can use solar for a long time, when it get damage, that is the only time that we have to spend again just to repair it. But right now, to save electricity I just turn of the refrigerator because only water is inside our refrigerator.
• Philippines
18 Oct 10
The use of car batteries as power source is only effective when used within a motor vehicle for obvious reasons. The application of car batteries as main source of power in homes or offices is only meant to be of an auxiliary in nature. It does not have a widespread support due to inefficiency of that type of application.