We spend $30 - $35 dollars a month on electricity, but it supports two households. (The other is Jumpin' Jersey.) I think the key to keeping our bill low is keeping usage down. We are very careful with use of lights, have no television, use entirely efficient lightbulbs and appliances. In our camper, which we live in 3-5 months a year, we rely on solar power. (See photo of solar panel that provides everything we need.) This allows us to camp in wilderness areas that don't have any services like power, water and sewer. In terms of heat, we cut firewood on our land, move and stack it, and then burn it - so it heats us three times! :-) We have a backup propane stove but we almost never use it. Certainly not if we are there. When we are gone, either some one else is staying in our house or we drain the plumbing and it doesn't use energy.
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.