What a fantastic time we are living in regarding the evolution of energy and transportation. Of all the great advances of our time, I would suggest that the ability for the average family to power their home and their transportation by electricity generated from the sun ranks as #1.
The ramifications of this for our nation is staggering in its consequences as we redefine our relationship with nature, with our utilities, with domestically produced energy, with an improved healthier environment, and perhaps a new definition of strategic national interest that has as less of a priority, securing safe production and delivery of imported oil.
This is my favorite time of the year. As the sunny days get longer, around April 20th we dipped below the zero cost line for our home electrical energy and 15,000 miles a year driving in our Mini-E. To think we actually get paid a credit for over production and driving for the next 6 months.
Try going to a gas station and see if they are willing to pay you to put their gas in your tank.
That is exactly the life of a solar powered zero energy home and an electric car such as the Mini-E or the ActiveE.
This month our bill was a credit of $28.34 and this will grow slightly in the coming months. Beginning in mid October as the days shorten we will slide back above the zero line for the remaining 2-3 months of the year.
At the end of the year, +-$0 is the energy cost to power the home and the Mini-E.
amazing, and simple.
Mini-E #183, 29,000 sunshine powered miles