Use Less: My Monthly Utility Report For January 2010.

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To help me keep track and to hold me accountable, this year I am going to track all my utility expenses for the year. The average household uses 936 kilowatthours (kWh) of electricity and 400 gallons of water per day, while the average individual uses 250 kWh of electricity and 70-100 gallons of water – just so you have a baseline to judge against. Here is this month’s and last month’s reports:

DECEMBER 2009:

Electric Bill & Usage – $19.54 total. I used 106 Kwh for the month, or 3.53 Kwh per day.

Sewer & Water – $7.56 total. $1.14 in water (710 gallons/month), $1.82 for sewer. $4.25 of that bill, the majority of it, is just the service fee for even having service!

Total for the month: $27.10

JANUARY 2010:

Electric Bill & Usage – $31.17 total. I used 221 Kwh for the month, or 7.36 Kwh per day. This was to be expected to be higher because A. I was home for the entire month and B. it was cold out!

Sewer & Water – $8.85 total. $2.02 in water (1,060 gallons/month), $2.32 for sewer. $4.25 of that bill, the majority of it, is just the service fee.

Total for the month: $40.02

My water and electric use was up because I was home for the entire month. I need to watch my water use, for sure, as I am not comfortable with it being that high. I am guessing it is because I often took a HOT shower twice a day dealing with the flu. Will definitely try to get that down to a reasonable level for February!

What do your utility bills look like? Can you reduce your consumption?

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Comments

  1. This is a great project! We used 845kwh last month in a giant old house with five adults in it. 169kwh/person for the month, which surprised me. We’re pretty conscious of our consumption here, but there are significant things that we haven’t changed yet (power strips to avoid vampire power, etc). I’m pretty stoked that even so, we’re still under the national average and that with continued changes, we’ll fall even further below it.

  2. Great project, wish you all the best. Reminds me of a TV show in Japan where people would try to live off the smallest possible budget. I am looking to build a home but want to build it 100% off grid, water pumped from a pond by a wind mill, electricity either solar or wind.

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