OK, it had to happen… it got cold here, and even with my furnace set down to 52 degrees, the furnace did go on a few times. Yep, my gas bill jumped from 6.1 therms per month (which it had done for the last two months) to 13.2 therms. It more than doubled!
According to the information provided by Riot for Austerity (see link on right) then dividing the annual number by 12 for a monthly number (which I admit is not really fair given that the majority of my gas usage will be between November through March), this still puts me at 70.13 therms less than the Average American Household, or a decrease of 84.16% for the month. Since I started this project, my usage was 38.7 therms. This is down 377.97 therms, or down 90.716% from the national average for the last 5 months. I’m guessing this will be the last time I see a 90%+ reduction in this category, so I wanted to show it off while I had it.
I now have a good supply of logs for the fireplace, but I haven’t had a fire in the fireplace for over a week now. I also want to place small aluminum sheets on the three sides of my fireplace – I did this last year, and doing this seems to throw off more heat and light into the room. Time to start supplementing the furnace with fire.
I also recently received my quarterly water bill. Again, according to the Riot for Austerity site the Average American uses 100 gallons of water per day. This bill was for 90 days, and listed my usage for the period as 5,250 gallons. This is 3,750 gallons, or 41.67% less than the average.
You can find all my monthly and 5-month numbers on the top menu under “Riot 90% Reduction Progress” (artbystrongheart.wordpress.com).