A Small Dent in my Hydro Bill

  • Vancouver Island Inland Sections Forecast - SPECIAL WEATHER STATEMENT , Port Alberni
    Issued: 04:56 AM PDT Monday 23 July 2018

    Forecast Issued 05:00 AM PDT Monday 23 July 2018 - Monday: Sunny. High 33. Humidex 34. UV index 8 or very high. Monday night: Clear. Low 13. Tuesday: Sunny. High 34. Humidex 37. UV index 8 or very high. Tuesday night: Clear. Low 13. Wednesday: Sunny. High 35. Wednesday night: Clear. Low 13. Thursday: Sunny. High 34. Thursday night: Clear. Low 14. Friday: Sunny. High 33. Friday night: Clear. Low 15. Saturday: Sunny. High 32. Saturday night: Clear. Low 15. Sunday: Sunny. High 31.

  • Current Conditions
    Temperature
    13.3° C
    3.4 ° C/hr
    Barometer
    102.1 kPa
    rising
    Wind
    NW2 km/h
    gusting 0.0 km/h
    Humidity
    92 %
    Rain Rate
    0.0 mm/hr
    Wind Chill
    NA° C
    Heat Index
    18.5° C
    Dewpoint
    12.0° C
    UV
    0.7
    Solar
    183 W/m2
    Last Updated: 7:55:00 PST
    Station Reports Delayed
    14 minutes
    Showing Nearest Official Station

    Observed at: Port Alberni 07:00 AM PDT Monday 23 July 2018
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  • Day Almanac
    Day's Rain
    0.0 mm
    Day ET
    0.0 mm mm
    Rain Storm
    NotAvailable mm
    Civil Rise
    04:59
    Moon Phase
    Waxing gibbous (85% full)
    Civil Set
    21:51
    Day Length
    13:25:43
    Day High
    20.3° C @ 00:00 Tdy.
    Day Low
    14.2° C @ 05:57 Tdy.
    Day High Rain Rate
    0.0mm/hr00:00
    Day High Barometer
    102.01 kPa @ 07:14 Tdy.
    Day Low Barometer
    101.96 kPa @ 00:00 Tdy.
    Day Low Windchill
    14.2° C @ 05:57 Tdy.
    Day High Heat Index
    20.3° C @ 00:00 Tdy.
    Day High Wind Gust
    S 0.0km/h @ 00:05 Tdy.
    Day High Solar Radiation
    188W/m2 @ 07:54 Tdy.
    Day High UV Index
    0.8 @ 07:54 Tdy.

Like many of you, I got my BC Hydro bill this week.

So the question immediately on my mind was…. DID MY SOLAR PANEL MAKE A DIFFERENCE!?

Well, actually. I think it did. Small, yes, but noticeable.

Here’s my consumption over the past few years, this year was lowest of all (23kWh/day average, 1392kWh total) for this period. Which is surprising considering the weather in July especially.

BC Hydro consumption

My Solar PV production over the same time was around .350kWh daily average and 18.2kWh
(The image doesn’t quite show the correct period.. click to zoom in)
Summer Solar Production

So the solar panel ‘offset’ about 1.3% of the electricity that I used, worth $1.21. From another perspective, it saved me just over 1/2 a days worth of average electricity use for my home.

PS: Can you tell when we got rid of our oil furnace? 🙂