Mon. May 27th, 2019

A Small Dent in my Hydro Bill

  • Vancouver Island Inland Sections Forecast - No watches or warnings in effect.

    Forecast Issued 4:00 PM PDT Sunday 26 May 2019 - Sunday night: Partly cloudy. Becoming clear this evening. Low 9. Monday: Sunny in the morning then a mix of sun and cloud with 40 percent chance of showers in the afternoon. High 26. Humidex 28. UV index 7 or high. Monday night: Partly cloudy with 40 percent chance of showers early in the evening. Clearing in the evening. Low 11. Tuesday: Sunny. High 25. Tuesday night: Cloudy periods. Low 11. Wednesday: Sunny. High 24. Wednesday night: Clear. Low 11. Thursday: Sunny. High 22. Thursday night: Cloudy periods. Low 12. Friday: A mix of sun and cloud. High 20. Friday night: Cloudy periods. Low 11. Saturday: A mix of sun and cloud. High 20.

  • Current Conditions
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    15.9° C
    -1.3 ° C/hr
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    101.25 kPa
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    Humidity
    73 %
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    Wind Chill
    15.9° C
    Heat Index
    15.9° C
    Dewpoint
    11.1° C
    UV
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    Solar
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    Last Updated: 1:55:00 PST
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    Civil Rise
    04:40
    Moon Phase
    Last quarter (44% full)
    Civil Set
    21:52
    Day Length
    13:16:23
    Day High
    18.1° C @ 00:00 Tdy.
    Day Low
    15.9° C @ 01:50 Tdy.
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    101.25 kPa @ 01:44 Tdy.
    Day Low Barometer
    101.21 kPa @ 00:00 Tdy.
    Day Low Windchill
    15.9° C @ 01:50 Tdy.
    Day High Heat Index
    18.1° C @ 00:00 Tdy.
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    S 0.1km/h @ 00:05 Tdy.
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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? 🙂