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2012 Energy Use and Production Compared to Other Homes

December 12, 2012

So I promised in January (!) that I’d supply more data on our energy use and production. I hope that no one has been holding their breath!
Here is a sample of our energy production Jan-Oct 2012 using our single 6 panel (230 Watts each) PV array.  Yes, 2011-2012 was considered a very mild winter with little or no moisture or snow but LOTS of SUN!

Hagar Tire Bale Home Energy Produced Jan-Oct 2012

Hagar Tire Bale Home Energy Produced Jan-Oct 2012

And, here is a snapshot of indoor/outdoor temperature comparisons (in Fahrenheit) for Jan-Feb 2012.  (Click on the image to enlarge it.)

Temperature Comparison Jan-Feb 2012 for Hagar Tire Bale Home

Temperature Comparison Jan-Feb 2012 for Hagar Tire Bale Home

As you can see, the graph illustrates how steady the temperatures inside our home can be (and quite comfortable too). (Click on the image to enlarge it.)  We began our days bundled up in sweats and were often found wearing t-shirts and shorts by noon each day.  As the sun set near 4 pm, we were back in our sweats.

Here is a snapshot of 3 different types of homes and their electric usage in kWh. Interesting comparison.  (Click on the image to enlarge it.)

3 different homes and their electric use in kWh for 2012

3 different homes and their electric use in kWh for 2012

What other data do you feel would be meaningful to illustrate the energy possibilities or efficiencies of our home?

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