Why we decided to install solar PV
Read the latest blog from new Solar PV owners about getting the most from their system and their lifestyle choices since installing solar panels for their home.
With the festive period over and as we enter a new year, we thought this month’s blog would be all about our lifestyle choices, which fits in with our choice of buying and installing solar panels this year. We love them because they fit well with the way we live, reduce our energy bills and allow us to make better choices to help the environment.
However, even our lifestyle choices have hiccups. As you know I use my electric bike for commuting to and from work and as I speed past traffic that is at a standstill, I feel happy but I wasn’t expecting on a day of particularly bad weather, to come across a tree blocking my pathway. I got off my bike and walked around and continued my journey, but had I been in a car, I could hardly of got out and walked to the front of the traffic queue.
More news on the home front, I won the family bake-off with vegetarian sausage rolls and was really pleased that all the baking we did was done using solar energy. Together we baked ginger biscuits, goats cheese tartlets and vegetarian sausage rolls. I felt my win was good for vegetarians across the world!
In November, on a sunny day I took the opportunity, after seeing the weather forecast on my iPhone app to use the self clean feature of the oven. During this period the oven locks for 2 hours and uses 3kWh during this process! Luckily, as you can see in the screenshot this was all covered by the electricity from our solar panels. This was a perfect opportunity to optimise our use of electricity from the solar panels. It’s amazing that the solar panels still make such a huge difference in winter, despite many people thinking that they don’t work at all! As you can see from the screenshots below, the weather prediction was for glorious sunshine all day and the Solar Edge app shows the solar panel electricity in green peaking at around 12 noon and the electricity used by the oven in blue which fits nicely under the green curve between 10:30 and 12:30, couldn’t have planned it better.
Our Christmas tree may have come down now as we’ve entered the new year but our virtual tree count has now totalled 3! We hope everyone had a great Christmas and New year!
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