Thursday, November 19, 2009

Energy Savings 101

With the encouragement of my friend, Jan R. Cooke, we have been tracking our energy usage around the urban farmstead for the past 3 months, actively seeking out ways to reduce our electric bill. We always thought that we were fairly good but assumed that we could get better. The results are in:

August Electricity KWH Usage............... 660 KWH
September Electricity KWH Usage............ 552 KWH
October Electricity KWH Usage.............. 439 KWH

The only significant change that we can remember during the month of October was that we began unplugging the upstairs television when not in use. I had heard that tv's burn almost as much power when off as they do when they are turned on. I still don't know if that is true or not, but I guess that the proof may be somewhere in our billing statement from the power company.

2 comments:

Cheap-O Economics said...

Hey it is good to see that the numbers are telling the story. Glad I have been of some encouragment for you and your family. Keep up the good work.
Jan

TheMartianChick said...

Thanks, Jan! We still have a ways to go. If we can do this much with a little effort, then imagine what we could do if we went full force...