Mon. Mar 25th, 2019

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 25 March 2019 - Monday: Increasing cloudiness. 40 percent chance of showers late this afternoon. High 13. UV index 3 or moderate. Monday night: Rain. Amount 10 to 15 mm. Low plus 5. Tuesday: Showers ending in the afternoon then cloudy. Risk of thunderstorms in the morning and early in the afternoon. Amount 5 to 10 mm. High 9. UV index 1 or low. Tuesday night: Cloudy periods. Low plus 2. Wednesday: Sunny. High 17. Wednesday night: Clear. Low plus 2. Thursday: Sunny. High 16. Thursday night: Clear. Low plus 3. Friday: Sunny. High 15. Friday night: Clear. Low plus 4. Saturday: Sunny. High 14. Saturday night: Clear. Low plus 4. Sunday: A mix of sun and cloud. High 13.

  • Current Conditions
    Temperature
    11.2° C
    0.9 ° C/hr
    Barometer
    101.32 kPa
    0.0
    Wind
    SSW 3.2 km/h
    gusting 9.7 km/h
    Humidity
    77 %
    Rain Rate
    0.0 mm/hr
    Wind Chill
    11.2° C
    Heat Index
    11.2° C
    Dewpoint
    7.3° C
    UV
    2.0
    Solar
    423 W/m2
    Last Updated: 12:45:00 PST
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  • Day Almanac
    Day's Rain
    0.0 mm
    Day ET
    0.0 mm mm
    Rain Storm
    NotAvailable mm
    Civil Rise
    06:38
    Moon Phase
    Waning gibbous (73% full)
    Civil Set
    20:12
    Day Length
    13:25:10
    Day High
    11.2° C @ 12:44 Tdy.
    Day Low
    2.3° C @ 05:26 Tdy.
    Day High Rain Rate
    0.0mm/hr00:00
    Day High Barometer
    102.08 kPa @ 00:00 Tdy.
    Day Low Barometer
    101.27 kPa @ 11:28 Tdy.
    Day Low Windchill
    0.5° C @ 08:58 Tdy.
    Day High Heat Index
    11.2° C @ 12:44 Tdy.
    Day High Wind Gust
    S 9.7km/h @ 11:50 Tdy.
    Day High Solar Radiation
    439W/m2 @ 12:41 Tdy.
    Day High UV Index
    2.1 @ 12:42 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? 🙂