March Statistics

The current billing period beginning on March 2, has been extremely productive.  As you can see in the chart from my utility, the gray bars that dip below the 0 axis are the days my solar panels generated more than I used in my home. The statistics for the period are revealing. The overall average […]

Benefits/Cost Avoidance

My electricity bill for the last 12 months is $540.70. That averages out to $45.07 a month. If I assume that my monthly bill used to average around $250 a month, that is an annual savings of $2,459.30 a year. My solar panels have been operational for 11 years. That means I have saved a […]

Status To-Date

Here’s an update on the performance of my solar panels this year.  My new mini-split A/C is paying dividends by allowing me to cool my bedroom at night to a comfortable level while keeping the rest of the house at a higher temperature.  The days are getting longer and I am optimistic about the next […]

Electricity Bills

People often ask how my solar panels affect my electric bills. My total cost of electricity for 2017 was $521.37. Here’s a chart from my utility that illustrates my monthly electric utility bills.  Note that my average monthly bill is $45. If one assumes that the average monthly bill for a south Florida home is […]

First Days of Mini-Split Operations

My new SEER30+ mini-split air conditioner has been operational for a few days now.  I’ve been running it at night with my central air conditioner off.  It’s difficult to say how much impact that has had in increased efficiency, but there is no doubt it has to have contributed greatly.  Other factors to be considered […]

Mitsubishi Mini-Split A/C

Ten years ago, when we conceptualized our photovoltaic system as an emergency power source when the grid was not available. The plan included a mini-split air conditioner for the master bedroom. The idea was that during an extended grid outage, such as occurs after a hurricane, we would be able to power our house and […]