We spend almost $ 400 montly combined on heat ( propane) and electricity in the winter months. Since we are on a budget plan for our propane that remains the same for 11 months -- the electric bill changes by lowing in the summer. That is at least equal to food cost and $100 plus least than our mortgage. So it is like having two buildings if we were living in Florida. The sad things is I would like to put a wood stove in our fireplace -- but my husband is against it. I have tried and tried. He is into historic buildings and wants to keep the fireplace a fireplace. I want to keep him Soooooooooooooooooo the challenge goes on!
Energy Challenge #2
Do some creative accounting with your household energy usage!
Did you know?
Hot water heating makes up about 20-30% of the carbon emissions of an average home?
Few people can relate to a "pound" of carbon, but most nearly all of us know the value of a dollar. Before diving into changes, my darlings, it'll be good to know where you started! But I don't care for the look of numbers much, so please turn it into a delightfully pretty picture!
- Find out how much your household spends every month on electricity and heat.
- Come up with a creative way to represent those costs (i.e. with unique comparisons)
- Make a picture of your creative household energy cost comparison and complete this challenge by posting it below!
Do this "creative accounting" for your business, school, or a friend.
What You Could Do
- Write a haiku about your energy bill.
- Make a pie (not a pie chart, a pie) representing your energy expenditures.
- Line up a bunch of glasses, fill them with different colored juices, and have each one represent a portion of your energy expenses.