Speaking of energy conservation (see post below), the new electric bill just arrived and April was our best month yet.
With our solar panels kicking in a solid 251 kwh, and our other conservation measures in full swing, we reduced our electric consumption by more than 50% compared to last year, from 856 kwh in April '06 to just 406 kwh in April '07. (Our bill was about $40.) We're particularly pleased that our solar panels contributed fully 38% of our power needs in April, despite a long stretch of cloudy, yucky days.
That will probably be our high water mark (or low water mark, as the case may be), at least until October, since pretty soon the Curmudgeon's family will demand running the air conditioning as the usual heat and humidity settle in.
For more on our solar panels and conservation measures, see: