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 October bill of 313 was:
* down 133 kWh from previous month.
* down 65.87% from the national average.
* down 18.28% from my own usage during this time last year.
For the last four months down 63.22% from the national average.
AUTO GAS: The average person uses 41.67 gallons of gas per month for their car. In October purchases totaled 16.26 gallons.
* this is a decrease of 60.98% from the average.
For the last four months down 43.86% from the national average.
TRASH: About 1 – 1/2 trash bags per week. This includes kitty litter and lots of bags of 14-year-old dog droppings (from inside).
FOOD: I think I failed at this part of the project. In all honesty, I have stopped at several fast food places this past month and had to deal with the fact that I had purchased foods that were transported across the world and were placed in a single-use container for slightly more than a few minutes before I disposed of them.