Although my solar panels were installed several weeks ago, Oncor had to put in a meter and turn them on and they just got a-round-to-it late Thursday. Friday was my first full day using my solar panels and my estimated usage, according to TXU was $.33. Saturday it was cloudy and Adam and I did laundry so our usage was about $1.81.
To remind you: in installment #8 of my series, “Goodbye natural gas you dirty boy! It’s over between us!” I told you that Texas solar incentives are back through One Block Off The Grid so going solar is easy and affordable. My panels will offset approximately 50% of my electricity usage and lock in a low rate of approximately 3.2¢/kWh for the next 20 years.
Oh, and… Solar jobs outnumber ranchers in Texas, actors in California
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Texas Widow says
But, but, but ….. wait til that first hail storm!
(Sorry, wanted to beat the Gashole who always posts that out of his/her ass). 😀
This is awesome! Hope to have these someday. 🙂
I busted out laughing and scared my dog. 🙂
Phbbybyybbt! (the sound of natural gas being expelled ) 😉
so Texas widow what is wrong with asking that question? how durable are the solar panels to hail the size of golfballs. or what about the size of softballs? yes i’ve seen them that big up in the Dakotas. they can go through a roof.
so would love to know about the durability
I also understand that the panels must be cleaned on a regular basis otherwise you electricity production will suffer. how often do you plan on cleaning them?
Is that you Pak? I can see a resemblance. I’m pretty sure we have already addressed the hail issues. It’s not really an issue. They are flexible and durable but in the off chance hail damages them, SolarCity will replace them. If we have softball sized hail I will have a lot more than solar panels to worry about.
As far as cleaning them goes, that’s a myth. But, if a flock of giant condor flies over my house and takes a collective crap on them, it’s not my problem. I never have to touch the panels. SolarCity will come clean off the giant condor crap.
Your a job creator! “Today, solar is one of the fastest-growing industries in the United States, providing good-paying jobs for more than 119,000 American workers,”
I don’t have my panels, but Oncor did install my meter. I can’t wait.
We are working hard on it! The Town of Argyle requires a many more hoops we need to go through.
Permits have been submitted. Now we play the waiting game!
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A very interesting video about The True Energy Refrigerator
This fridge needs only between 2½ and 4 hours of electricity per day and can keep its contents cold for 10 days without power at ambient temperatures of 43°C using a cold storage.
I want one! It seems they are not currently available to retail customers but hopefully they will be soon. I think my refrigerator uses a lot of energy. I’m trying to get a handle on what uses energy when in my house. It seems I have some energy spikes at weird times when I think my usage should be lowest.
Boy do I wish I could have these in the Midwest. Here it is geothermal or nothing.