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Solar Matched Electric Heating


A heater power-controlled to consume all excess solar production!

I built a prototype test setup that makes sure every Watt produced by our solar panels is used by an electric heater. It uses an industrial power controller and some code to match the heater's power usage to whatever power is not used by the house.

This would make it possible to maximize our solar self consumption, which is required to get a decent return on your solar investment.

For us, injecting to the electricity grid is giving away power, we have to pay about 6x as much compared to what the utility pays us for returning energy to the grid.

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(dir)VimDiff as GIT difftool

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Tig blame + VIM showing all files of a GIT commit in diff-tabs using dirvimdiff

I configured GIT's difftool command to show the changed files as diff-split file tabs I can easily cycle through by pressing gt.

This makes for a good terminal-based meld/beyond compare/... alternative.

Combined with Tig, it allows to quickly inspect a GIT commit's modifications in file context, let's take a look at the quick and simple steps to set it up.

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