baumgrenze wrote:Here's another question. How have others dealt with entering a ¢/kWh in the Blink if they live in Palo Alto? Here we try to discourage excessive use of electricity via a 3-stage billing process. Instead of a rate break for charging a car at night we find ourselves faced with this disincentive to drive anything but an internal combustion driven automobile:
9.6¢/kWh for less than 300 kWh per month
13.1¢/kWh for 301-600 kWh per month
17.4¢/kWh for anything in excess of 600 kWh per month.
In a house with an electric oven, electric refrigerator, and electric induction range-top, we find ourselves squarely in the upper-middle of the second bracket. Should I enter 15¢/kWh as a good a guess as any? I anticipate that we will drive about 500 miles/month. A conservative estimate suggests perhaps 200 kWh/mo for the Leaf, which will push us into the 17.4¢/kWh bracket. I am open to other perspectives.
I'm willing to guess that it is actually 9.6¢/kWh for the first 300kWh, 13.1¢/kWh for the next 300 kWh, and 17.4¢/kWh after the next 300 kWh. Either way, what I would do is take your monthly electric bill and divide the total $$ by the number of kWh used to get your average, including taxes and surcharges and enter that in, adjusting after the first month or so of ownership.