Happy Earth Day.
Over the last year, my Solar Panels have generated over 16 kWh of electricity, and the Geothermal HVAC system eliminated the use of 3000 gallons of heating oil while providing heating, cooling, and hot water. Including the SREC (solar energy credits) I saved over $14K, and significantly reduced my carbon footprint.
Backyard Springtime Nature in New Jersey.
Not as many birds around today. Just a Tufted Titmouse and a pair of Northern Cardinals. There are more flowers on the Plum Tree, I also noticed a perennial Siberian Wallflower blooming. The first returning flowers from one of last years Wildflower Meadows. On the patio several Tulips are still blooming. The Kale plants left on the Grow Towers over the winter survived and are now bolting. I am also starting to see Lilac flowers from the shrubs planted last fall. At least some survived the ravenous deer.
Backyard Spring Flowers. Images taken with a Leica CL camera and 60 mm f/2.8 lens. Individual images in the slideshow are available in my PhotoShelter Gallery.
Daily Electric Energy Used (63.1 kWh) from Sense Home Energy Monitor and Daily Solar Electric Energy Produced (87.7 kWh) from SolSystems and Locus Energy. Lots of sun. A surplus of 24.6 kWh. This is the most solar power generated in one day since last August. There is a chance I will be net positive for the month of April — although several days of rain are forecasted for the next week.
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