We’re down to probably our next to last electric bill from the Texas house. After hearing horror stories about some of the electric bills people are receiving, here’s the one that we got in our email today. You can see that it’s from January 29 to March 2 so it covered the entire cold snap. And, Vince was mostly without electricity for three days during the worst of it.
While it definitely isn’t comparing apples to apples because of the solar panels, it does show that we’re paying the exact same rate we’ve paid for the entirety of our contract – .135499/kWh. There was no price gauging. For those on wholesale pricing, they made some bad choices! I cannot speak for those on co-ops are who may be living in areas that haven’t been deregulated. But, for those of us who are in deregulated areas and have fixed rate contracts, the prices did not go up!
I will also say that the rate we’re paying (.135499) is quite a bit higher than most are paying. That’s the price we have to pay to have a green energy contract. In the end, as you can see, it doesn’t matter how much we’re paying because the solar panels offset our entire bill so we take what we can get and say “thank you”!
If our panels only produced half of the electricity we use and didn’t send enough back to the grid to keep us from owing, we would probably get off the green energy contract, pay less per kWh, send the power back for free and still use what we produce and buy what we need but, it works out great for us the way it is.
One last thing for anyone thinking about adding solar panels, most any reputable company can look at your previous bills for a year or so, look at the rate you’re paying and come real close to giving you an exact number of years for a payback. Also, they can size the system to be almost exactly the perfect size to produce just what you need and not have you become a net producer, which can cause problems.
Back to our bill . . The charges for what we used are $77.10 (569 kWh). We sent back 605 kWH for a credit of $81.98 resulting in a $4.88 credit, added to a credit balance and we now have a credit of $42.15.
Based on what Vince said is currently in the propane tank, my guess is that he used about $80 worth of propane this month. Had we not had solar panels, I’m guessing again that our bill would have been double – about $154 plus the $80 in propane costs for a total bill of about $234. Not anywhere near the thousands of dollars you’re hearing about on the news.
I’ll say it again . . don’t believe everything you hear or read!