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1 05 2011

Here’s the update on our panels after the month of April.

During the past month we exported about 60% of March’s export, or 380 kWh. We generated 455.6 kWh, down from the month of March due to the approaching winter months. We used 75.5kWh of what was generated – less than last month- and imported 98.6 kWh which was also slightly less that our import during March.

On average, our daily generation was 15.19 kWh, our daily export 12.67 kWh, our daily use from the panels 2.52 kWh and daily import 3.29 kWh.

You can compare these daily averages with those from March, here.

Even if we are generating less electricity now, the rains are filling our 18,500L tank and the whole house and garden is running off of rain water now. As long as we get a decent rain every week or so we can continue to exclusively use rain water for the next 8 months or so until summer hits again. Currently, we think the tank is a little over half full. It makes for much nicer drinking water in the house.

Kisarazu at sunset

15 01 2010

Mt Fuji at sunset. That day we even experienced some rare snow flurries falling at around 3.30pm. The large flakes were gone as soon as they came.

I was researching about Japan’s energy sources today for class. 30% of its energy comes from its 55 nuclear reactions scattered around the country. 60% of its energy comes from imported natural gas (from Australia) and other fuels. Fuutsu, a couple towns south of here, has (the world’s?) largest gas power plant.

One thing I miss is the feeling of being environmental. It’s really hard to feel like you’re being eco – everything is covered in plastic, electricity (heating and cooling) usage is huge due to lack of insulation, most food (apart from rice) is imported (giant food miles), organics are hard to find…