September 21, 2020

A Small Dent in my Hydro Bill

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

    Forecast Issued 11:00 AM PDT Monday 21 September 2020 - Monday: Cloudy with 60 percent chance of showers. High 19. UV index 3 or moderate. Monday night: A few showers ending overnight then cloudy. Low 12. Tuesday: Mainly cloudy. Periods of rain beginning in the afternoon. High 18. UV index 4 or moderate. Tuesday night: Rain. Low 12. Wednesday: Rain. High 17. Wednesday night: Showers. Low 11. Thursday: Showers. High 18. Thursday night: Showers. Low 11. Friday: Rain. High 16. Friday night: Rain. Low 12. Saturday: Rain. High 16. Saturday night: Cloudy with 60 percent chance of showers. Low 12. Sunday: Periods of rain. High 17.

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? 🙂