We are a little unusual in that we don't use the backup electricity to heat up our geyser. While the geyser/water heater is great, the backup element is inefficient so in winter when the sun is low... well... we don't have too much hot water. This isn't such a big deal after two winters. We adjusted.
I'm ok with the fact that the solar geyser has presented us with natural limitations on our hot water use. We shower less when it's colder, and we stagger our hot water use at other times of the year. But it feels lovely to have hot water. We know spring is coming and with it, trips to the beach, visits from friends from far away, and a new rhythm.
Our sense of abundance includes other things: we bought a new camera!:
Sadly, our neighbours are moving to the U.S. But with their move- the inverse of ours- we received many strange and wonderful gifts of stuff they decided not to ship. A coffee table, a rug, a tree, and lots of other stuff we can pass on.We also got some flowers, which I discovered work really well as paintbrushes for the kids: