I started in June of 2007 with the goal of a 90% reduction. THAT didn’t happen, but I am still happy to report that I DID have a significant decrease – both from the Average American Household (or Average Individual Usage), as well as from my own usage a year ago (when I had those numbers.)
My ONE YEAR:
Electric Usage (for July-June) was 3,876 kwh. This is…
…down 64.78% (7,128 kwh) from the national average.
…down 44.36% (1,765 kwh) from my own usage during the same months 12 months prior.
I just have to realize that, since I run a business out of my home with all the required equipment for this purpose, I won’t be able to decrease my electric usage the full 90%, and will just have to be happy with the progress I made for the year.
Natural Gas Usage (for July-June) was 419 therms. This is…
…down 58.08% (580.80 therms) from the national average.
I have some caulking and insulating to do this summer. That should, hopefully, help the numbers for next year.
Water Usage (for June-May) was 21,750 gallons. This is…
…down 43.65% (16,850 gallons) from the national average.
I get water bills quarterly. Since the numbers listed include months when I wasn’t participating in the Riot for Austerity, my next quarterly statement and the previous three will give me a better look at what I was able to do. Every quarter my numbers look better. However, this is not a bad start.
Consumer Goods (for July-June) was $302.90. This is…
…down 96.90% ($9,697.10) from the national average.
First off, I hate to shop – so this was not too tough for me. This dollar figure includes things like paper towels, garbage bags, $78 for clothes and shoes, $35 for storage units, and $42 for items like toothpaste, tooth brushes, deodorant, shampoo, soap, laundry and dish washing soap, etc., the rest was for things from places like Home Depot for household repair and lawn care. I rescued many items (clothes included) destined for the trash.
Auto Gas (for July-June) was 217.30* gallons. This is…
…down 54.56% (282.74 gallons) from the national average.
* I had the July and August of 2007 numbers, and the oil tag that gave the mileage of the last oil change in mid-August of ’07. When I subtracted the mileage from August of ’07 from my current mileage, I had 3,943 miles (yeah, it’s past time to get my oil changed.) Back when I kept better track of mileage, etc. I got roughly 23 miles to the gallon. If I assume that is correct still, and add in the full July and August numbers from last year, I end up with 217.30 gallons of gas used.
I realize this isn’t exact – but it should be pretty close.
Well, there you have it. Not a 90% reduction, but still a decent reduction in these areas. Now, can I beat these numbers for the next 12 months?