Sunday, 12 June 2011

Domestic UK Solar power. Why I'm feeling optimistic.

Some people would accuse me of being a 'Geek' as I have always recorded not only the financial cost of my energy bills, but also the KW hours for electricity and calorific gas units. Sad or what?

Well I don't think so...Even before the possibility of installing PV panels I needed to know the energy I used P.A. If you go to any of the online "Change your energy supplier" websites the first question they ask is what have you used in the past. Once they have that, they can tell you if there are better deals available.

I've never wanted to compare the cost of providing electricity; this ignores the basic problem of costs rising each year. However, if you enter the KW hours used you're comparing like for like. In the 12 month period between May 2010 and June 2011 we've used 3,618 KW's of electricity. I'm hoping to reduce that by 50% in the following 12 month period by altering our lifestyle and energy usage to peak solar production.

We're fortunate as my wife and I are both at home each day.  Things like heating water, washing machines, dishwashers and tumble dryers can all be set to operate around mid-day. I love cooking and meal times tend to dictate my activity, but a casserole or cake baking can take place anytime. Sue is reluctant to wait until mid-day before taking a shower so sometimes you have to be pragmatic enough to accept we're going to use the grid!!!

I'm already seeing a reduction of my daily electricity usage, and I'm confident that I will be demonstrating the positive effects per month and year as the figures start to emerge.

Don't go away.... You ain't seen nothing yet.


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