So our wonderful new 5KW solar system was turned on Tuesday 19/8.
In just a week we had already exported more than we had imported
Two and a half weeks later and we had exported over 110 kw.
And after a month – 19/9 – we had exported almost 150 kw!
Not bad for a big house with a pool, a number of appliances that are on all the time, and three occupants who haven’t really changed the way we use electricity since getting the system!
That said, I must confess we were already extremely frugal when it came to electricity use. We only have a light on in the room we are currently occupying. We have a couple of nightlights in high traffic areas so that unnecessary lights do not need to be turned on when walking through them. Every appliance that does not need to stay connected to the electricity is turned off at the power when not in use, this includes small things like the clock radio in the bedroom and the microwave; leaving those items on can add up to 200 kw each to your bill every year. We use heating and cooling only when necessary.
We have adopted a few new practices in the last couple of weeks. We only use the dishwasher and washing machine during the day, that way we can be sure they are using the power we are generating from the sun. And last week, borrowing a very cool idea from our friends Veronique and Stephen, we bought two solar lights from a hardware store. They were only $5 each and providing we remember to put them out each morning ready to be powered up for the evening, the light works all night. We put one in our bedroom and the other in the en-suite so we don’t need to use those lights during the evening. The bedroom light is moved to the en-suite when we go to bed and they both provide enough light so any night-time visits also don’t require electricity.
Please ignore the dust, clearly I do 🙂
A great place to start monitoring your own electricity use is by carrying out an electricity audit. You can do it yourself or have a specialist visit your home and walk you through it.