Another Year, Another Check from SoCalEd

We have completed another year of net billing for our large PV solar installation. After all the math was done it turned out we were net producers of electricity again, and so we got another check. Not much money, but better than a $1000 a month bill. During this year our battery electric vehicle (BEV) […]

Solar Electric Update As Winter Approaches

During the long, sunny days of summer when we produce much more energy than we consume our electric bill goes negative as Southern California Edison pays us for excess power applied to the grid. But as winter approaches the days start getting shorter and shorter, and we inevitably start using more power than we produce. […]

Eight Months Driving an Electric Car

In a few more days our Chevrolet Spark EV battery electric vehicle will be 8 months old. By now I’m very used to the car and there has been enough time for its flaws to bother me and its strong points to become apparent. I’ve learned how to hyper-mile in it, and have gotten the […]

Knock On Effects Of Electric Car Purchase Now Apparent

Before we bought our EV I was naturally very curious about how it would impact our electric bill and what the actual costs per mile of driving the car would be. We’ve had the car long enough and it has been long enough since we changed our electric rate plan, and now I feel I’ve […]