I've set up an Arduino Uno to run a pretty basic garden watering schedule, with the delay function.
I've now built a solar thermal water heater with a pump and tried running it separately through a 555 timer using a thermistor (33k Ohm approx). I couldn't get this running as the change in resistance with a water temperature rise to 30 deg or so wasn't enough to trip and untrip the 555 timer (thermistor at about 20 k at 20 deg, maybe 50k at 30 deg). (Any pointers to circuits that achieve this would be appreciated by the way.)
I've decided to try to run the solar thermal motor with my arduino set up as I have 2 relays free in a relay shield. My question is how I can run the sensor to start the solar thermal pump, then stop operating the solar thermal system and return to the garden watering code, then restart the sensor input, and so on. The issue is that my power supply is only 1 Amp, and running both systems at once might overheat it.
Hope this makes sense, Brian