$0.09. 9 pennies. A nickel and 4 pennies. 1 cent shy of a dime. That is my total electric and water bill from Oct. 15 thru Nov. 15. The total.
This represents the first full month since I shut down the ac unit. All I have now is a single cord running from the box on the dock to a power strip on the boat. Therein I have plugged in 2 laptop computers, an iPhone, the battery pack for a drill, and sometimes my electric shaver. Lights are battery LED or the warm glow of the computer screen. All of that used 9 cents of electricity.
When my landlords told me how much the bill was, we laughed, and then I asked if they were going to make me mail a check in to pay for it. They said no of course, who in their right mind would demand such nonsense. Then I got to thinking. HOA, large electric company, yeah, I can see what is coming. No matter. I ain’t spending 10 times that amount to mail 9 pennies. If the landlords don’t cover the bill for some reason and they shut off the power, well, we will see what happens.
But look at that. 9 stinkin’ cents for power for a month. That is amazing. I knew that when the ac went off the bill would drop, but not by that much. I expected at least a dollar or two. But, this leaves me with a bit of a dilemma.
If I were to cut the cord right now, add in a battery and solar panel on the Spirit, it would cost me around $250. At 9 cents a month, I would recover my investment and come out ahead around, let’s see here, divide by 12, carry the 1….ah….I would break even by April of 2264. Sounds reasonable to me.
Well, I will enjoy the 9 penny month and hope that the next one is the same. But I still want to cut the cord and generate my own power. The $250 will be worth it, if I ever get $250 to spare. It eliminates the need for the grid. I use very little water, mainly for the cats, and cleaning, and that can be had easy too.
Still wondering how cheap it is to live on a sailboat? Here is a good example of what is possible.