The Journey Begins
In 2007 we were belting through over 5000 kWh of electricity each three month billing period. As the cost of electricity increased, the cost of maintaining this level of consumption was unsustainable for our family.
At the time, we were using:
- 5750 kwh of electricity per quarter;
- at the rate of 63 kwh per day.
For the use of this electricity we paid:
- $695.00 for the three month Spring period (Sept / Oct / Nov);
- at the rate of 12c per kwh;
- or $7.60 per day.
Then the cost of electricity began to skyrocket – if we continued to consume energy at this rate we would soon be paying over $1000 per quarter for our electricity.
In fact 12c/kWh quickly became 25c/kWh, and in 2023 rose to 34c/kWh. If we were still using 5750 kWh of grid electricity in 2023 we would be paying $1955 per quarter ($650/month) or $7820 a year..
Consumption Down, Costs Up
In an effort to balance our household energy budget we began reducing our energy consumption – we all took shorter showers (well, most of us), reduced washing machine cycles, returned unused parts of our home to darkness in the evenings, and wore more warm clothes on cold days rather than using heating.
While this certainly reduced our electricity consumption, it didn’t save us any money – the electricity supplier simply increased the unit cost.
So we had to take more drastic action to reduce our dependence on grid electricity, and the associated costs.
This site provides a diary summary of our efforts to address this issue over the past few years….