Make your meter run backwards legally!!! (Video)
Categories: Solar Power
Really, the easiest way to make your meter spin backwards is to over-produce electricity. Before you want to over-produce however, you'll want to maximize the efficiency of your home or installation location. Most homes are highly inefficient. I notice this most in Oklahoma, where most homes are made of wood or brick-lined. After college, my little mobile home ran a $280/mo electric bill in the Summer, and couldn't keep cool enough as the old inefficient air conditioner could never catch up, and it was like the place was full of holes as you could feel the heat radiating through the walls. We later got a wood/rock 3br home with inefficient windows, and our electric bill ran about the same in the heat of the Summer.
Later on in life we rented a pretty efficient 3500 square foot home with a 2000 square foot insulated climate-controlled workshop. Our electric bill in the heat of the Summer was still about $240 per month, but for much more area contained. I had a friend who had a nice-sized underground home. His electric bill was about $30 per month.
After the move to Florida, I recognized that with the transition to hurricane code, all the homes made today in the State are brick and concrete. They are very efficient compared to wood construction. Our current office location, about 2500 sq ft. with high ceilings, and a $100/mo electric bill is pretty common for energy efficient construction today. So, where it might have taken a $40,000 solar / wind-powered system to provide energy to the mobile home from years ago, $15,000 could do it for the efficient Florida office, and the underground home could get by on a minimal system, and very cheaply.
When you produce your own energy, but are grid tied, let's say for arguments' sake, you produce exactly what you're using when you have the stove on. But when you turn the stove on, you pull from the grid power. Then you turn it off, and you're balanced. Then your refrigerator cycles off, and you are over producing. It is in these times, that your meter should be spinning backwards saving power you produce for later so to speak. During the day when you leave the house and turn up the a/c, you might be over producing all day, and saving the energy for night. Then when you use all the lights, and power everything up, you might be draining the bank as it were.
In todays' world, often power meters have been replaced with digital meters, and knowing how they have been programmed to respond to overproduction of energy is a variable that must be addressed on a location by location basis.
I helped customers address this in Claremore Oklahoma some time ago, where the City is the power company. The moment the homeowner installed a solar system, the city replaced the meter with a digital one that wasn't programmed to run backwards. There was a yearlong process of confrontations and communication to get the city to make good on allowing the homeowner to keep the electricity they produced. Nothing like a good national story to expose the failure and promote change. If you're struggling through these kinds of barriers, do let me know, and I'll help you through best I can.
This next video discusses a topic of power saving I have not seen before, but was very intrigued by it. I'll be ordering a similar unit to personally test and see if it really makes a difference in registered electricity usage. If you have used one, let me know your experience. You can email to: Offgridjourney@gmail.com. Watch, and comment on what you think about it: