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The City Council introduced the Vegetation Management
Ordinance at the August 5th meeting and will hold a Second Reading
adopting the ordinance at their September 5th meeting.
ordinance would require:
1) The removal of the following ten plant types from all portions of properties
WUI: Acacia, Bamboo, Arborvitae (Thuja), Italian
Cypress, Junipers, French Broom, Portuguese Broom, Scotch Broom, Spanish Broom,
2) VOLUNTARY: The removal of all plantings and mulches (with limited exceptions
granted by the Fire Chief) from within the first 3' of
primary buildings (including attached decks)
within the WUI to create a 3 foot wide clear area at the base of the building.
3) Redwood trees are specifically exempted from the
What's NOT in the WUI
State Bill AB 1516
A very high fire hazard severity zone, as designated by a local agency or
within a state responsibility area, is to:
1. Maintain a surrounding defensible space of 100 feet
2. More intense fuel reductions between 5 and 30 feet
around the structure, and to create an ember-resistant zone within
5 feet of the structure.
The bill would impose a state-mandated local program. A repeated violation
within a specified timeframe of those requirements is a
What can the car and
inverter actually power?
The inverter will convert your 12V
DC from your car to 110V AC, but that doesn't mean you can power your whole
house like normal. That's because your car's not a power plant and because of
Watts, Amps, and other electrical goodies. If we think of electricity as water,
Amps are the rate of flow of the water, Voltage is the pressure, and Watts are
sort of the combined flow and pressure. The output from your car will vary based
on the inverter, but let's use as an example a 440 Watt inverter, a type that's
usually available for under 40 bucks or so.
If we divide Watts by the Voltage, we'll get Amps, which will help us figure out
what we can run in our house. For a 440 W inverter, this would be:
440W / 110V AC = 4 Amps.
That's not a lot of Amps,
so that's our limiting factor. Luckily, you can run a good number of things even
with this low Amp rating. For example, a 60 Watt incandescent only uses about
half an Amp. Your laptop's wall power requirements should only be about an Amp.
A 42" Vizio LCD TV, and it only wants 2.5 Amps. Most modern electronic,
solid-state devices don't require much. So you could have a light, a laptop, and
Some solid-state electronic devices, like a microwave oven, do demand much more
power, often around 18 amps or so. You usually can't run one of these from a
consumer-grade inverter, so wrap your burrito in tinfoil and stick it on the
exhaust manifold while your idling car is letting you watch old Perfect
Strangers episodes from your emergency DVD stash.
What can't I
power with my car?
The tricky parts come when you
want to power anything with a motor. Motors often drive compressors, and are
used in some of the things you want to keep on the most, like an air conditioner
or refrigerator. The issue is motors have different, higher demands when they're
getting started as when they're up and running. For example, when my
refrigerator is running, it draws about 6.5 Amps.
You could find a car inverter that could handle that. The problem is when you
start a fridge, it will draw anywhere from between
2-4 times the normal load amperage to get the motor started. That's why your
circuit breaker or fuse for your fridge is usually 20 Amps or higher— it needs
to be able to handle that brief, intense start up.
So, unless your fridge has a starting crank, its unlikely you can run it from
your car. There are special camper refrigerators that are designed for these
lower-power situations, and those are a better bet. Along with refrigerators,
washing machines' motors usually draw too much current, and space
heaters tend to be Amp
hogs as well.
2000w Inverters $150 Over-Voltage, Short Circuit,
With vehicle engine running - we recommend that only 2500
watt inverters and below be used on your truck
or large vehicle. The
alternator needs to keep up with the amps being
What is the Low Voltage Alarm & Shutdown?
The low voltage alarm will sound when the DC source falls below 10 volts and the
automatic shutdown will power off the inverter. This is done to save your
battery so you can restart your vehicle.
power inverters are more portable than
sine wave power inverters, lighter, and lower in cost. If your device will
handle voltage fluctuations, a modified sine wave inverter should be considered.
Most devices that people typically wish to power will work fine with a modified
sine wave inverter .
sine wave power inverters allow motors to run cooler, last longer and provide
very clean power like you would receive from a
Devices such as laser printers, digital clocks, and most
sine wave inverter to run correctly.
Batteries are capable of supplying large amounts of current, and thousands of
amperes could be present if a short circuit were to occur. An overcurrent device
is an effective line of defense against a short circuit occurrence. A
should go on the
between the inverter and battery.
The latest alternators are capable of supplying at least 100 amps with some
vehicles equipped with alternators capable of 200 or more amps. The physical
size of the alternator limits the maximum amperage output no matter the
rpm. So alternator output is 14v giving 1,400w at 100a ( you might just
be able to power that fridge after all )
2018 Ford Mustang alternator is rated at 135 amps, truck alternators rated
at 250 amps.
alternator reaches max output at a relatively low RPM. Perhaps as low as engine
idle speed on many cars. Is it only just the new
that, can provide AC output (inverted DC to AC) up to 1,500 watts of power ( 13
amps at 110 volts) for up to two days on a full tank of gasoline? No need to buy
an inverter. When the batteries run low, the Prius automatically starts the
engine to recharge the battery pack.
Wattage use of Appliances and Tools