Another month has passed and I’ve received my fourth bill of the year since going on solar. I had another great month of production, actually surpassing my projected contribution and almost matching my total savings projections. I can count on at least another month or two with no bill!
You can find previous monthly electric bill posts on my Solar label.
If you’re interested in why I decided to go solar, you can read my previous posts:
Here are the numbers for March:
Previous Bill: $-21.00
My total bill: $-35.01
Currently due: $-73.72 (so $0.00 due)
Projected Solar Savings – $150.53
Actual Solar Savings – $146.06 (-4.47)
YTD Solar Savings – $442.56
Projected Contribution % – 133.45%
Actual Contribution % – 136.06% (+2.61%)
Here’s a visual representation of this information:
While my projected savings has been higher than my actual savings (due to a drop of the amount of credit I’m receiving per kWh produced), my actually contribution to my bill is higher than projected.
The city actually owes me $73.72. However, my projections for June, July and August will definitely eat this credit up fast.
With a combination of not wasting as much energy and using more energy efficient lighting (LED’s), I have been able to drastically lower my bill so far. As mentioned in a previous article, Why I’m Replacing All My Lights With LED’s, I picked up several LED lights from Amazon.com.
Here’s a chart of my actual solar usage versus last year’s usage:
I plan to continue tracking these stats for an entire year. I’m still extremely happy with my decision to go green. I’m hoping these results will influence others to also go solar.