Saturday, August 23, 2014

Saturday Night's Alright For Bar-Hopping

Yesterday I got talking with Art and he mentioned there was some music thing going on that evening. I went hmph.
Toward evening, I saw Blair & Dina walking down the street, a lovely couple, dressed for going out. I went hmph.
Then I gave myself a sanity check. WTF? I put on my party shirt and headed to the sound of music.
At Company I saw Blair and Dina, said hi, and then saw Katherine. I needed to talk with her about the photo gig, so that was fun, and I met her friend Zanna, who was also fun. We hopped over to the Triangle and heard their band, then over to Full Tilt for my favorite band - Zanna's too - which was two drummers and two keyboards.
Katherine had to go home but I went over the Company with Z, and probably left too soon. Still it was a heck of a lot of fun and reminded me that there is always dancing!

Thursday, August 21, 2014

A Year Of Electricity Cost About Negative $200

$387.15 is how much I'm being paid for the electricity generated by my photovoltaics for the last year. That's not bad! although there are a lot of details.
Because of the vagaries of meter reading, the period is 6/4/2013-6/29/2014; it's a bit more than a year so my yearly cash would be more like $360, which is still nice.
Electric bills were about $8 a month, of which almost $7 was the administrative fee. I actually drew only about a net $1 of electricity from the grid. Still, the administrative fee has to be paid, so subtract about $72 and I'm still $288 to the good.
The photovoltaics were financed with a 14-year loan. The loan covered roofing as well as the PV, so the cost of the loan for the PVs are a little hard to figure, but it's on the order of $100 a month. This is comparable to a normal electric bill. And the thing with the PV system is that it's a permanent asset (guaranteed for 25 years, likely to continue into the indefinite future) so paying for it is less of an operating cost and more of an investment.
And that's not counting the tax credits. Sweet, sweet tax credits!
This 15 cents per Kwh is the incentive the utility pays me because my little solar power plant kicks in juice at times of peak demand - 10am to 4 pm. Thus the utility has ever so slightly less pressure to invest in another power plant. A thousand homes like mine and they'd be off the hook for a 2.5 Megawatt plant!
People are always asking me about the cost of the system and how it's paying off for me; I just haven't gotten around to putting together the spreadsheet (...because no one's bribed me with beer, brownies or bacon --- any of that will do. Hint!) Still, here's some raw data that I how will be encouraging.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Step 2.1 Tuesday: Surround Yourself With Positive Influences

Phase 2 ("Surround Yourself With Positive Influences") of How to Be Positive starts with
'Step 1 Use the Law of Attraction. Our activity and thoughts are positive or negative like magnets. As we avoid dealing with a problem, then it continues as it is — or gets worse. Our own negativity rules the day. But, the more we think positively, then the more proactively we will act and reach goals and ways to overcome and accept positive options — and these will bring their rewards..."
Well, I don't go for that whoo-whoo stuff - there's nothing magic about the Law Of Attraction. But it is a fact that I have observed that positive thought and action leads to more of the same, and the opposite is true too. The experiment for today is to practice positive thought and action, and see what happens.
(It's unresonable to expect big change in a short time, but I'll be there can be at least a small bump up.) --- In the morning, I hit the Y and its morning Pilates class. This is definitely a positive influense. During the day, I finished up a bunch of audits and printed the masters for the handouts for Thursday's CLE. This is a very positive thing to work on and when I do, I am working with the positive side of people. In the evening I went to chat with my brother about whatever; it's a short walk and relaxing. So on the whole, I'd say: missing accomplished!

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