Averages from the Riot for Austerity Site (see links)
Gas: The average US household uses 1,000 therms per year (average of 83.33 per month). I was at 6.1 therms, or down 92.68%. However, since this is during the summer and the real test will be during the winter, I figure to be down 90% in the winter I will have to go without heat, and I just don’t see that happening. I do have some logs from a large tree I fell – but not enough to heat the house for the winter.
Electric: The average American household uses 917 units per month for electricity (1,100 per year). My September bill of 282 was:
* UP 164 kWh from previous month.
* Down 51.36% from the national average.
* Down 22.30% compared to my own usage during this time last year.
I don’t feel very good about this.
Auto Gas: The average person uses 41.67 gallons of gas per month for their car. In September, purchases totaled 31.44 gallons. This is a:
* decrease of 24.54% from the average.
* increase of 10 gallons from the previous month.
Trash: The average American produces 1,642.5 pounds of trash per year, or 31.58 pounds per week. A 90% reduction of this would be 3.15 pounds. My trash out-put has gone up this month – primarily due to the wet papers from my 14-year-old dog and the plastic bags full of the “trail of turds” I pick up around my house.
Food: This just didn’t work for me. I wish I could say I did this well, but I just didn’t – I missed out on a lot of fresh veggies and fruits this summer and it is my own damn fault.
Overall, this month was not a good one for me and the environment.