Even though there’s still plenty of snow on the ground, signs of spring are definitely showing up all over the place! Birds are starting to sing, the days are longer and the sun is stronger, and roof avalanches are a regular occurrence. Roof avalanches may not sound like a positive thing, but at our house, they’re a sign that the snow cover on our solar panels is finally melting and sliding off. Most of our panels are now exposed and we’re starting to make power again for the first time since late January.
Our particular system runs on a net meter, which means that we’re still connected to the main grid, but whenever our panels are producing, our electricity meter actually spins backwards. With enough sun, we end up making more power than we use, which results in a credit on our account with our traditional supplier. Since our panels were only installed in late July last year, our credit wasn’t quite enough to carry us through the whole winter, so I’m interested to see what next winter’s electricity bills will be like with a full spring and summer’s worth of sun to use.
We definitely have no regrets about installing our solar system and would recommend one to anyone who wants to reduce their carbon footprint or even just their utility bills. Stay tuned for a more in-depth guest post on solar, coming later this spring!