Sorry I’m a little late getting this one out. I’ve been super busy IRL. May was a little disappointing…(Sad Face). I will mention why down below.
If you’re interested in why I decided to go solar, you can read my previous posts:
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.
Previous Bill: $-73.72
My total bill: $96.76
Currently due: $23.04
Projected Solar Savings – $163.84
Actual Solar Savings – $138.67 (-$25.17)
YTD Solar Savings – $581.23
Projected Contribution % – 105.09%
Actual Contribution % – 58.90% (-46.9%)
Here’s a visual representation of this information:
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), so this month was no surprise. It was a little lower this month mainly do to a lot of rainy days when I wasn’t able to get full production.
My actually contribution to my bill was actually lower this month than expected. It was way lower. Part of this was due to lower production. But mainly, my usage was through the roof!
My A/C has been working overtime to cool the house and finally the coil leaked to the point where I couldn’t cool below 76 degrees. I had to get a brand new coil put in which set me back about $1500. The good news is that it’s upgradeable to the new freon systems if my compressor ever goes out.
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 and compare results. I am still happy I went solar and I’m hoping these results will influence others to also go solar.
You can find previous monthly electric bill posts on my Solar label.