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Woo-hoo! I have solar panels - I'm so excited!

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KatyMac Thu 24-Jan-19 15:41:22

I have wanted them for ages!!

I tried to start up an eco nursery with them many years ago and failed but now I have them


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mammmamia Thu 24-Jan-19 19:41:18

Awesome good for you! We’ve got them too.

YellowSkyBlue Thu 24-Jan-19 19:45:25

Great and well done! You got them before the deadline this year to get money back from the grid too. So jealous. How much do you think it will cut your bills by?

MayhemandMadness01 Thu 24-Jan-19 19:47:43

Can I be cheeky and ask how many panels and how much?

KatyMac Thu 24-Jan-19 20:36:38

I'm not sure about the bill reduction as we have economy 7 so run everything at night - we have to relearn now!!!

Put the dishwasher on at midday!

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KatyMac Thu 24-Jan-19 20:57:57

Messaged you mayhem

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mammmamia Thu 24-Jan-19 20:59:06

Yes it takes some getting used to - running everything in the middle of the day!

KatyMac Thu 24-Jan-19 21:05:16

And charging phones/bike batteries over night! Need to plan more

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GiantKitten Thu 24-Jan-19 21:39:31

Have you looked into getting a storage battery so you can use your daytime solar power overnight? They’re not cheap but it means you’re not wasting any & if there happened to be an energy crisis any time you’d have some self-sufficiency?

GiantKitten Thu 24-Jan-19 21:41:33

I looked into it m, but we use 10-12kwh a day, & with a small terraced house roof we were only going to generate 3-4kWh.

I think at that time (2 years ago maybe) a battery was £7-8k

KatyMac Thu 24-Jan-19 21:42:50

Yes there is about to be a revolution in batteries but it hasn't happened yet

I'd better check how much elec we use

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GiantKitten Thu 24-Jan-19 21:45:22

Oh, better than that - £4k at time of fitting, £6k as retro fit (& it was actually nearly 3 years ago - should be even cheaper now?)

KatyMac Thu 24-Jan-19 21:47:50

I use 1993 daytime and 616 nighttime units

But I don't know what they are

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KatyMac Thu 24-Jan-19 21:51:10

I think they are KWhrs so if I make 3.3 high summer!!

And I use 5.5 a day......there won't be much spare

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GiantKitten Thu 24-Jan-19 21:58:46

only 2600 per day? & your max generation will be 3300? You'll have spare in the summer!

where does the 5.5 figure come from though?

KatyMac Thu 24-Jan-19 22:04:25

1993 divided by 365?

Am I on the wrong track?

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KatyMac Thu 24-Jan-19 22:05:22

The 1993 is the difference between my meter reading last January and this January for the day & 616 for the night

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KatyMac Thu 24-Jan-19 22:14:43

Have I done that worng?

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GiantKitten Thu 24-Jan-19 22:14:58

oh, sorry! I misunderstood completely! I've no idea how I managed that confused

So your annual usage is 2600kwh. gotcha! (ours is much more than that, about 3700. ) total daily usage about 7. you'd be able to keep using economy 7?

KatyMac Thu 24-Jan-19 22:17:15

I rang and asked and they said yes

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KatyMac Thu 24-Jan-19 22:18:31

So it will half in high summer and maybe a quarter spring/autumn so maybe a third of my electric overall?

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GiantKitten Thu 24-Jan-19 22:41:30

Looks like it! Excellent! smile

KatyMac Fri 25-Jan-19 22:57:19

I got 0.1 yesterday & 1.4 today!!

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GiantKitten Fri 25-Jan-19 23:37:00

1.4kwh in January sounds pretty good!

KatyMac Mon 28-Jan-19 13:09:22


Todays generation is 7.6 kWh

My average usage is 7.5


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