Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Solar Stats - June 2012

So...I haven't been very good at checking my solar stats every month. My bad.

Here's some new figures based on the inverter data on the 9th of June:

Stats for months 4 & 5 - 52 days (18 April - 9 June 2012):

Month 4 & 5 export: 183.1 kWh
Month 4 & 5 operational hours: 451 hours
Month 4 & 5 average daily export: 3.52 kWh

The daily export has decreased almost by half - what a different winter makes!

Cumulative total (since installation on 16 December 2011):
Total export: 898.6 kWh
Total operational hours: 1653 hours
Average daily export: 5.91 kW

My electricity bill was much lower than the same quarter last year which was great - exact figures to come.


Excuse the quality of the photo - it's really tricky to get a photo of the readings because the screen cycles through three different sets of data, and I can never actually see what I'm taking a photo of due to the glare on the iPhone screen!

Living room: before and after

I hesitated when naming this a "Before and after" post. There are still a few things I need to do in the living room for it to be truly 'finished', but it's looking pretty good at the moment, and makes for some great before and after photos!

The room originally had these wonderful features:
  • worn, dirty brown and yellow speckled carpet
  • dark wood window frames and door frames
  • dingy walls 

The positives were that under the disgusting carpet were timber floorboards (pine unfortunately, but I'll count that as a win), big windows that let in the light, and a decent sized space.


I had the floors polished and they turned out just gorgeous...at the time I was hoping for something a bit darker but I really do love them. After pulling up that carpet I don't think I'll ever live with carpet ever again. The dust and dirt just gives me the heebie jeebies (spelling?!) and the ease of cleaning up cat vomit from a wooden floor is something to write home about.

Carpet gone!



Newly polished floorboards (excuse the iPhone pic taken at night):


In person the colour is more saturated that this - in the photo above the colour looks really light, but they are a warm medium brown colour.

And now for the "after":


  • Couches - technically a couch and an ottoman, but I added a long body pillow against the wall to make an extra couch. Bought for $100 from a friend who was getting a new couch. I think they were originally from Freedom.
  • Coffee table - from my parents...this was the coffee table in our family room in South Africa. My mom keeps suggesting I paint it white, but I'm quite reluctant to! Ordinarily I'd be the first to suggest a coat of white paint to update wooden furniture.
  • The white box on the right is also a family piece - it's essentially a crate with a hinged lid, apparently originally used as an egg crate (I picture two stacks of the 3-dozen egg trays sitting side by side). We call it the egg box. Creative stuff indeed!
  • The large frame has a poster of a painting depicting Las Ramblas that I bought in Barcelona. 
  • The three smaller frames on the left are three acryclic paintings on canvas that I bought in Nepal, framed in market-bought frames made from reclaimed wood.
  • The lamp on the left is an op shop (charity shop) find - I bought the base and the shade separately (see pic before for a close up)
  • The lamp on the right I found on eBay for less that $20.
  • The basket between the couches has extra blankets for winter, I bought it on eBay for about $10.
  • The newest addition is the rug - it's 100% jute from IKEA (Tarnby). I have been looking at this rug for years, every time I went to IKEA. I was there last week and decided it was actually a bargain ($129 for the 180 x 250cm size) so I finally got it. I think it just finishes off the room, and helps to define the space, as it's shared with the dining table.
On the wall opposite the proper couch is an IKEA Expedit TV Unit that I found on eBay for just under $200. I'll still need to really tackle the styling so I haven't taken any photos yet.

On the right, diagonally opposite the window is this funky chair I found on eBay for less than $20. I love all the textures from the jute and the rattan and the wood tones paired with the crisp white.


Walls are painted with Lexicon quarter white, and the window frames have been painted in semi-gloss.

A few final touches before I deem this room officially finished:
  • remove old flesh-coloured roller blinds and replace with white wooden venetian blinds (already purchased and cut to size, just waiting on my brother to hang them for me!)
  • remove current lace curtains (although they're great for privacy) and replace with IKEA curtain rods and FERLE curtains.
  • remove the old wall heater (the dark blob behind the funky chair) which has been disconnected from the mains electricity, repair hole and touch up paint.
  • style bookshelves and photograph
  • perhaps make the wall above the couch a gallery wall?