I am becoming a Solar Power Nerd !! Proud of it too !!

dial showing how much solar power I was producing

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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. 

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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.

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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..

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A gentle slowly pulsing mauve colour shows when you are using a small amount of electricity from the grid; 168 watts in this case.

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…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!

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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 .

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Saturday girl signing off.

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You can find my photography blog Photomania here 

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These are not my images or my feet  😉

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60th Birthday Treat in Puglia.

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Saturday 1380  – 15.02.2014  

( a bit late I know !)

_1548Yes indeedy I am 60… SIXTY !! isn’t that crazy ?.. Of course it’s only a number but rather a large one don’t you think?  To be honest I feel a bit of a fraud because it seems faintly ridiculous to be such an age . My thinking is that my birth certificate must be wrong !  Surely?

My actual birthday was on Tuesday 11th Feb and I spent it, and the following week, with my children, Katy and Steven, in Puglia in southern Italy ( in the heel of the boot as it were ) 

_1547When I was 50 I had suggested to the kids that I might bring them to Barbados.. Ha! ….What was I thinking ! That I was going to be rich maybe .

Well that didn’t happen so I ended up bringing them to Italy instead but they didn’t seem to mind 😉   family is everything and I am so lucky to have 2 such delightful children and to be able to spend time with them surrounded by such beauty.

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How I Loooooove Italy 🙂

On this Saturday we spent the day visiting Ostuni and walked around in brilliant warm sunshine graced with the bluest of skies.  So here are some typical photos of this lovely, brilliant-white town with its little alleyways and steep roads. There are strict rules about colours and materials that can be used. White, green, blue and wood.

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Some of the roads were so narrow the only place to park your scooter was inside your shop!!

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By the way the photo at the top of this post is of the Trullo we stayed in ( it was actually 3 trulli joined together) and our roofs are at the back of this photo, which was taken in the delicious morning golden hour.  We were surrounded by Olive trees… It was Heaven

Sorry to all those people who are struggling with snow at the moment ! 😦  

You can read more about Ostuni here   and more about Trulli here

As ever I welcome your thoughts .

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Saturday girl signing off.

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You can find my photography blog Photomania here  and there will be more photos from Puglia over there in the next days

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