You may think I’m anal about a lot of things but you don’t have a clue how anal my husband can be — especially when it comes to getting his money’s worth out of something.
This solar power research is about to send me running into the woods . . anywhere to get away from a calculator! Vince will say “Multiply 1200 x 5, then divide by 6, then multiply by .77, then divide by 5.5” or something like that and then give me 10 more strings to calculate, then two days later, he will say “What was the number we came up with when we started with 1200?” Huh? I can’t remember what I did 5 minutes ago and I sure don’t remember anything to do with numbers.
The one thing I’ve gained from all the research and calculating is a desire to reduce the amount of kW we use. This is probably beyond boring to you but we use around 600 kW each month from January through about April. We do use wood for heat but beginning in May, our usage climbs and has in the past gone all the way up to about 2,500 kW in July and August. That’s a huge amount considering there are just two of us here and we have gas fro the water heater, stove, dryer and heater. The major culprit is the air conditioner. Of all the things that have crossed my mind as far as reducing the amount of electricity we use, cutting off or turning the thermostat up is not an option. I will not be hot inside the house.
There are ways I can cut back . . cooking outside — especially using the solar oven or the crockpot or Nesco outside. Maybe I’ll remember to turn lights off.
Here’s a real eye opener! We have 4 or 5 computers on at all times. Vince has two notebooks, I have one. We have a desktop in the bedroom and it has to be on for our Magic Jack (phone) to work, though there is a Magic Jack that works without the computer being on. We have a desktop in the sewing room that stays on all the time. Tonight I did some calculating and each desktop, even though not in use, along with the monitor in sleep mode, could be using up to 120 watts so that’s 240 watts between the two of them and in 24 hours, that’s 5.76 kW per day or 173 kW per month. Our average kW used per month is 1200 and we were hoping to get it down to 1100 when using the solar panels but just turning off the computers that we rarely use, would get it down to 1027 kW per month. Amazing!
Some things . . like how many kW each thing uses . . I’m just better off not knowing but as they say . . something seen cannot be unseen! 🙁