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06 December 2011 @ 08:14 pm
Electric dreams  
I've just received my first power bill since having the solar panels installed, and I have to say that I'm pretty pleased with the result. Not only have I halved my usage over the last three months, but the state electricity supply has also paid me $110 for electricity that I've fed back into the grid, taking my charge for the quarter down to $95.24. To top it off, my regular monthly debit has continued, meaning that I'm actually in credit $238 at present. We're heading into air-conditioner weather so it won't remain that low unfortunately.

It's taking its time warming up, though. We've had a couple of weeks of really hot, humid weather but now we're back to 24 degree days and mid-teen overnight temperatures, which is really weird for this time of year. I'm not sleeping too well as a result; it's too warm for a coverlet but then it cools down to the point where a sheet isn't enough. I'm waking a few times each night to adjust the covers as a result. Added to that, three seal point fluffy girls who want to sleep as close to me as possible, and throw a couple of hot flushes into the mix... I shouldn't wonder that I'm tired.
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sunray45: Christmas Lewsunray45 on December 6th, 2011 10:51 am (UTC)
Yay for low Electricity Bills. That is quite a saving, so suppose you're glad you went through all the fuss to get the solar panels now.

I'd love to know what all the crap is about global warming. I'm digging out the old cardies and jackets to wear and at night I definitely have the doona pulled up. It's a wonder we're not all coming down with coughs and colds the way the weather keeps changing. At least I don't have to put up with hot flushes. *g*

Your girls are telling you it is COLD by snuggling up on your bed. Our two are staying inside through the day as the wind is so cold.
miwahni: Cats yule feelin coolmiwahni on December 6th, 2011 11:39 am (UTC)
Your girls are telling you it is COLD
And they're not wrong. I have my dressing gown on tonight over my usual shorts and shirt summer evening attire. Your cats aren't silly either, they know how to stay comfy too.
Strike while the irony is hot: EMO -- TIRED (Bodie)draycevixen on December 6th, 2011 12:25 pm (UTC)

It sounds like the solar panels are paying for themselves and really, solar power is such a good choice for Australia.

We've been having odd weather too. I mean it's December, and the temperature is creeping back up in to the high 70s, which is ridiculous although at least the humidity is staying low.

Ah, the cats aren't fools, they know how to stay warm. I wish you were sleeping better though.
miwahni: cats sparklemeezermiwahni on December 6th, 2011 08:49 pm (UTC)
solar power is such a good choice for Australia.
It helped that we only had two overcast days in November, too, and very little rain the previous month. All those lovely bright, sunshiney days!

I wish you were sleeping better though.
Thanks, so do I. Woke an hour before the alarm this morning and couldn't get back to sleep. And the cats don't help; if they think I'm awake (or even if they think I should be) then they're headbutting for pats.
Merlin Pendragon: Avatar hivernalmrlnpndrgn on December 6th, 2011 01:42 pm (UTC)
Weather is weird all around it seems.
Yesterday, it was around 8°c and raining. On December 5th :-(

At the moment, it's around 1°C, and there's a light snow.

The provincial gov. might have to rescind that new law about every car having winter tires by Dec. 15th ;-/
miwahni: Pros Doyle Christmasmiwahni on December 6th, 2011 08:51 pm (UTC)
What would you normally have by December 5th? Do you normally get enough snow to make snow tyres a necessity by the 15th?
It's 17 degrees C here at present, nearly 7am (and yes, I should be getting ready for work now.)
Very appropriate icon you've used, with the scarf and coat!
Merlin Pendragon: Hiver - are we there yet?mrlnpndrgn on December 6th, 2011 09:11 pm (UTC)
What would you normally have by December 5th?
High should be around -5C. Low below -10C.

Do you normally get enough snow to make snow tyres a necessity by the 15th?

It's not really the quantity of snow that's the problem, it's that the cold weather makes all seasons tires not efficient on icy/snowy roads.
Plus there's usually at least one snowstorm in Dec.
15 inches of snow in one day is not unknown :-)

It's 17 degrees C here at present, nearly 7am
Poor you ;-/

Very appropriate icon you've used, with the scarf and coat!
It's only missing a hat to be realistic!

ETA : and gloves!

Edited at 2011-12-06 09:12 pm (UTC)
miwahni: Cats yule feelin coolmiwahni on December 7th, 2011 10:36 am (UTC)
*shivers*
Merlin Pendragon: Avatar hivernalmrlnpndrgn on December 7th, 2011 01:34 pm (UTC)
*shivers*

Yes, I can imagine :-)

Here, we begin to shiver if the maximum during the day is below -20 C :-)

I'm thinking you're not planning of migrating to Canada anytime soon!
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miwahni: Pros Christmasmiwahni on December 6th, 2011 08:53 pm (UTC)
It's overcast here, after overnight drizzle. I debated whether or not to hand-water my ferns this morning (ordinarily a twice-daily job) but in the end decided to chance it, so I hope we get some of that rain. God knows you need it where you are, and around the Margaret River.