Saturday 1378 - 1.03.2014
A couple of weeks ago I told you about my plans to have solar panels fitted to my roof; a long held wish of mine.
That post was called “Let there be Light and even more Light – you can’t get enough in my opinion” ( bit wordy wasn’t it! ) and you can read that post here
Well they are UP and my joy knows no bounds
I can’t stop grinning as you can see .
On this Saturday I hoovered throughout the house and car (you’d be amazed at how much electricity a vacuum cleaner uses!), cooked my lunch using my electric oven, did a load of washing and used the dishwasher. Not all at once but one after another. I didn’t use any electricity from the grid; just the electricity I was producing myself. How cool is that !!
I have never enjoyed housework so much!
I thought I’d share some nerdy photos of the hardware and software that lets me keep tabs on what I’m producing and when I’m importing/exporting electricity from/to the grid, etc. This feeds into my computer and displays all sorts of lovely graphs and stuff.
The photo at the top shows how much electricity I was producing at that moment ( this photo was actually taken on Sunday morning because I forgot to do it on Saturday! DOH! )
You know I do believe I could watch it all day. there’s that grinning again!
The graph below is Saturday’s and it shows how much electricity I was using ( red) how much solar power I was producing (green) and the net figure (blue) which is mostly nicely in the minus part of the graph where I want it to be.
This one below shows, on the left, where the electricity is used and shows I used approx 45% of the electricity I produced with about 55% being exported..
The one on the right shows how the days electricity was produced with almost 60% being from my solar panels.. How gratifying sorry grinning again.
These final photos show the gadget that gathers the readings from my panels and from my electricity meter.
Isn’t it a pretty gadget
This first shot was taken when I was producing 1.3 kw more than I was using and the minus sign means I was exporting this amount to the grid for some other person to use.
A wonderful feeling and one which I can strongly recommend. It also glows a lovely green colour underneath..
A gentle slowly pulsing mauve colour shows when you are using a small amount of electricity from the grid; 168 watts in this case.
…and this final one is the one you don’t want to see too often. Vibrant red shows when I switch the kettle on and a reading of 2848 watts, all coming from the grid.. Yipes! but then it was night-time!
Another good side-effect of this gadget is that it makes you much more aware of how much electricity you are using, which can only be a good thing..
I wonder when the joy of producing my own electricity will wear off ?
Maybe never ?
As ever I welcome your thoughts .
Saturday girl signing off.
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