Thursday, January 3, 2013

Should we feel guilty about heating with solar?

ted-screen-shoteditors-blog-entry3We burned though 1,600 kWh of electricity and generated just 300 kWh of solar electricity in December. This represented the second straight month in which: a) we used more than 1,000 kWh of electricity; b) our electricity use far exceeded our solar-electricity generation.

Yes, all of this extra use is planned: Since we don’t have an EV yet, we’re trying to do as much of our winter heating as possible with six wall-mounted electric heaters while using our central, natural gas burning, forced hot air furnace as little as possible.

We’re taking the extra electricity we’re burning out of a “bank” of more than 10,000 extra solar-generated kWh we’ve produced in 2 ? years with our 5.59 kW solar system.