I have taken the Average Annual American Household (AAAH) figures and divided by 12 for the numbers to beat.
The AAAH uses 917 units per month for electricity.
March: My March reading of 354 kwh was…
…down 61.40% (563 kwh) from the national average.
…down 44.29% (159 kwh) from my own usage 12 months ago.
…up 5 kwh from my own usage last month…same, same
Nine-Month Usage: My usage for July-March was 3,226 kwh. This is…
…down 60.91%, or 5,027 kwh from the national average
…down 42.68%, or 1,331 kwh from my own usage during the same months the previous year.
Not going to be even close to 90% reduction for the year. Is 60-70% good enough? Reports (if I remember correctly) say “no.” The problem is that those of us with a 50%, 60% or 70% + reduction are few and far between. I wonder – why should I bother anymore? I don’t have children… once I’m gone I’m not sure I really care about the next generation. I’m doing what I’m doing because I think it is the right thing for me to do… and I’m still using far more than my fair share.
Why is it – in my world anyway – that those working to protect the earth are the older, single men and women with no children or with adult children? Those with children – who say they want the best for their off-spring drive the largest vehicles, live 40+ miles away from their employment, live in houses big enough for a small nation, turn every light on when the day begins and don’t turn them off until the end of the day, don’t bother with compact fluorescent, and are the ones who purchase the majority of pre-packaged food? I know this is a generalization – but obviously I have run into quite a few of these folks in the last few weeks and it’s gotten me a little ticked.
So, someone out there, please tell me “why bother?” I think I’m in need of a pep-talk.