You know we have the solar panels and we haven’t paid an electric bill in months . . probably since February. We did eat a bit into our credit this month but we still are probably not going to owe anything for the foreseeable future. We’re supposed to be “net user”, meaning we use more than we send back on an annual basis. For some reason, this year, it isn’t going to happen. I asked Vince what happens if we end up being a net producer. He doesn’t know. Hopefully, it’s a slap on the wrist and “don’t do it again”.
The other day Vince suggested we turn the a/c way down and put on jackets. We didn’t but our company sends out a weekly report of how we’re doing on our energy use, compared to other homes in our area.
This is a little comical in and of itself because:
- We probably have about the smallest house in our area but we have the sewing room, and the a/c runs all the time in there because of Boots and the freeze dryer.
- We have 3 big freezers going and 3 fridges running.
- Over half the people in our area are older . . much older, and I doubt many of them keep their thermostat on 67 at night and 71 during the day.
We do have gas water heater, gas dryer, gas stove and gas furnace so . . are they comparing us to an all electric house??
But, according to them, an energy efficient home would have used 214.7 kWh last week, the average house used 432.5 and we used 279.3. What they’re not taking into account is that we probably used 300 or 400 kWh from the solar panels because it has been HOT and our a/c has run constantly and it’s DRY so the well pump is running constantly to water the fruit trees around the house. The orchard is watered off the solar powered well.
So . . what good is the chart? Not much! I suppose it would be way more useful if we were comparing an energy efficient all electric 2,500 square foot house to another energy efficient all electric 2,500 square foot house. Or, even the same size energy efficient house to a non-energy efficient house, just for comparison but not knowing the size, the number of people in the home, if there’s gas, if there’s a well . . it just isn’t very useful info but it’s there and I look at it every week. It’s kinda funny . .