Mind in the gutter by Beth

1 Nov

This is the closest I’ve come to having to pass on a topic. Gutters in this part of the world are pretty boring and functional.

So, in the most tenuous link I could come up with – gutter = roof, I will tell you about our solar panels.

They took forever to be installed because in order to make them compliant our house needed to be re-wired, but now they are soaking up the (almost) summer sun. On a good day they produce almost as much power as we use (10 kilowatt hrs).

The whole solar industry went into a meltdown earlier this year when the new state govt took away some of the incentives, but it hasn’t effected us because we’re never going to make more than what we use. I think it will average out to about half of our power usage.

Every morning Jeff goes out and checks on what they made the day before and enters it into a website he’s made that graphs the energy output. It’s like a little pilgrimage of love every morning. The convertor thingy is fire engine red and very important looking. It’s a really good feeling to have them in finally, and now a sunny day makes me extra happy.

That is all.

P.S. here’s the graph.


5 Responses to “Mind in the gutter by Beth”

  1. Karen November 1, 2011 at 7:26 am #

    Now that title called for a more shocking expose of Beth’s dark side. Nonetheless, I think it’s really cool that you generate so much of your own power. I would actually like to hear MORE about your solar panels. How much do they cost? Can we see Jeff’s graphs?

    • Beth November 1, 2011 at 10:10 am #

      Have inserted the graph so far in the post Karen. It was several thousand Karen… There are a lot of dodgy-bodgers out there, so we went for the more expensive option with some local dudes who knew their stuff. I’m sure we could have paid a lot less.

      • Karen November 2, 2011 at 6:27 am #

        Thanks for the extra solar panel info!! We shall have to consult you when the time comes. Bizarrely, given the tropical climate, solar panel installation is not even a consideration here.

  2. Tabitha November 2, 2011 at 7:58 am #

    There’s something very exciting about generating your own power! I would love to do that. I will settle for pedal power for now.

  3. Justyna November 2, 2011 at 3:47 pm #

    Too bad that Poland is dark and cold for about 6 months of the year. But wind power is starting to be a real option. Although I don’t think a wind turbine would fit on my balcony.

    Good stuff Beth. Spread the love. More homes in Oz with panels I say!

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