OVER FIVE YEARS OF RIOT!

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This is the Riot for Abundance for the months of August, September and October, 2104 for the three of us (two adults, one nine-year-old). Edson fixed the calculator: all go tither to crunch those numbers! And here’s another fun website for the mathematically inclined: Do the Math.

Gasoline.  Calculated per person. Our weakest point in the Riot,

15 gallons pp. per month

36.5% of the US National Average

Electricity. This is reckoned per household, not per person. We cook on an electric stove and occasionally now we turn on the electrical heater in the bathroom. According to our solar meter, we produced 16443 kWh since the system was turned on in August 2011 and 1464 kWh over the last three months (you can follow our solar harvest live here). In the last month, which was pretty cloudy, we underproduced, so had to buy from Nstar, 86 kWh. So we consumed 1464 + 86 = 1550 kWh.

516 kWh per month

28.5% of the US National Average

Heating Oil and Warm Water. This too is calculated for the entire household. Our solar hot water system (installed in February last year) took care of all our hot water.

 4.55 gallons of oil / month

7.4% of the US National Average

Water. I don’t have any numbers here. Due to work in our basement the meter is at this point inaccessible.

Trash. After recycling and composting this usually comes down to mainly food wrappers.

6 lbs. pp per month

4.4 % of the US National Average 

OVER FIVE YEARS OF RIOT!

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This is the Riot for Abundance for June-July 2104 for the three of us (two adults, one eight-year-old). Edson fixed the calculator: all go tither to crunch those numbers! And here’s another fun website for the mathematically inclined: Do the Math.

Gasoline.  Calculated per person. Our weakest point in the Riot,

15.6 gallons pp. per month

38% of the US National Average

Electricity. This is reckoned per household, not per person. We cook on an electric stove. According to our solar meter, we produced 14979 kWh since the system was turned on in August 2011 and 1230 kWh over the last two months (you can follow our solar harvest live here). Since we made enough electricity so as not to have to buy electricity from Nstar, and made credit too – but it’s hard to tell how much – I can say for sure that we’ve used definitely no more than:

615 kWh per month

Heating Oil and Warm Water. This too is calculated for the entire household. Our solar hot water system (installed in February last year) took care of all our hot water.

 0 gallons of oil / month

0% of the US National Average

Water. This is calculated per person. We continue doing well in this category, and I don’t know how, which means it has just become a habit to be water-frugal, I hope.

418 gallons pp. per month

13.9% of the US National Average

Trash. After recycling and composting this usually comes down to mainly food wrappers.

6 lbs. pp per month

4.4 % of the US National Average 

OVER FIVE YEARS OF RIOT!

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This is the Riot for Abundance for Jan-May 2104. I know. I didn’t keep details for each month, so this is a mix of cold and warm months but averages will have to do. We had two extra adults for a while, but mostly it was for the three of us (two adults, one eight-year-old). Edson fixed the calculator: all go tither to crunch those numbers! And here’s another fun website for the mathematically inclined: Do the Math.

Gasoline.  Calculated per person.

15 gallons pp. per month

36.5% of the US National Average

Electricity. This is reckoned per household, not per person. We cook on an electric stove, had seedlings under lights and on a heat mat for three months, and chicks under a heat lamp for two – accordingly, we usually use the most electricity from March to May.
According to our solar meter, we produced 13749 kWh since the system was turned on in August 2011 and 1831 kWh over the last five months (you can follow our solar harvest live here).  The month of February was particularly horrible: even if the panels hadn’t been encased in snow, this dark dark month wouldn’t have done much better. Check out this graph, of our year-to-date production:
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.As a result of this , we had to buy 857 kWh from Nstar. Our consumption of this amount plus what we produced oourselves (and subsequently consumed), comes to:

537.6 kWh per month

29.7% of the US National Average

Heating Oil and Warm Water. This too is calculated for the entire household. It was co-old in the early months of the year. Since the solar hot water panels (installed in February last year) were just as ice-locked as the PV, the furnace also took care of most of the hot water.

 30.81 gallons of oil / month

51% of the US National Average

Water. This is calculated per person. We continue doing well in this category, and I don’t know how.

524 gallons pp. per month

17.5% of the US National Average

Trash. After recycling and composting this usually comes down to mainly food wrappers.

6 lbs. pp per month

4.4 % of the US National Average 

OVER FIVE YEARS OF RIOT!

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This is the Riot for Abundance for the month of December 2013,  for the two of us for half of the month, and one for the other half (DH was in Europe for the whole month, Amie and I joined him there in the middle, and as of then we had a friend live at our house). Edson fixed the calculator: all go tither to crunch those numbers! And here’s another fun website for the mathematically inclined: Do the Math.

Gasoline.  Calculated per person. DH was away, and our house sitter is a die-hard biker, so one of our cars sat idle for the entire month, and the other for half of the month. Car-wise, then, we used up 6 gallons pp.  But we did fly: three round-trips to Europe. The Riot calculator doesn’t have air travel in there, so I don’t know how to reckon this in.

6 gallons pp.

14.6% of the US National Average

Electricity. This is reckoned per household, not per person. We cook on an electric stove. According to our solar meter, we produced 11918  kWh since the system was turned on in August 2011 and 70 (seventy!)  kWh over the last month (you can follow our solar harvest live here). That is the least we’ve ever produced. We make that much in two days in Summer! So, December was dark and gloomy and when there was sun it was cold enough to keep the snow and ice stuck to the panels.  As a result, we’ve had to buy 313 kWh from Nstar: our biggest bill yet. The good news is that apparently, the chicken’s water heater, which I installed at the beginning of November and which has been going non stop (and doing a good job), doesn’t seem to make a big dent in our energy consumption.

313 +  70 = 383 kWh per month

21.2 % of the US National Average

Heating Oil and Warm Water. This too is calculated for the entire household. It’s been cold. While our house sitter was at work the oil furnace worked to keep the house at 59F. Since also the solar hot water panels (installed in February) were ice-locked, the furnace also took care of most of the hot water. SunReports, which monitors our solar hot water system, reports that we generated only 53,414 BTUs in December (compare to 440,660 BTUs the month before!). Still, due to there being fewer of us and our house sitter being a kick-ass frugal environmental guy, we used only as much as we did last month, which wasn’t’ too much.

 16 gallons of oil / month

26% of the US National Average

Water. This is calculated per person. We did great!

404 gallons pp. per month

13.5 % of the US National Average

Trash. After recycling and composting this usually comes down to mainly food wrappers.

6 lbs. pp per month

4.4 % of the US National Average 

FIVE YEARS OF RIOT!

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This is the Riot for Abundance for the months of October and November 2013,  for the three of us plus one (we had friends and family in law staying over and all together they count somewhat for one). Edson fixed the calculator: all go tither to crunch those numbers!

Gasoline.  Calculated per person. Though I’m still driving a bit more due to an uptick in activism-related trips, we did pretty well.

9.2 gallons pp.

22.4 % of the US National Average

Electricity. This is reckoned per household, not per person. We cook on an electric stove. According to our solar meter, we produced 11848  kWh since the system was turned on in August 2011 and 675  kWh over the last two months (you can follow our solar harvest live here). We still owe NSTar nothing, but that’s because we racked up a nice credit. In November we did, however, for the first time since April, consume more than we produced (by 105 kW), as evinced by this crazy informative chart on my bill:

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That said, how much did we consume (irrespective of how much we produced)? Well, around 675 +105 kWh = 390 kWh per month.

390 kWh monthly average

21.6% of the US National Average

Heating Oil and Warm Water. This too is calculated for the entire household. It’s been cold, and though we’ve fired up the wood stove, we’ve also had guests, meaning higher thermostat settings and heating of the annex, where the wood heat doesn’t reach. We’ve probably also used oil to heat up some of the hot water, but it’s not possible to calculate how much of that was heated by our solar hot water, which was installed in February. I did get this interesting statistic from SunReports, which monitors our system:

We generated 440,660 BTUs in November and 972,255 BTUs in October.
Since joining, we’ve realized: 5,847,409 BTUs which accounts for

586.12 lbs Coal
726.82 lbs CO2
941.32 miles Driven

So, all in all, we’ve consumed of heating oil 16.5 gallons, which isn’t bad, considering the prevalent low temperatures.

16.5 gallons of oil / month

26.8% of the US National Average

Water. This is calculated per person. We had lots of people but we used very little water.

466 gallons pp. per month

15.5 % of the US National Average

Trash. After recycling and composting this usually comes down to mainly food wrappers.

6 lbs. pp per month

4.4 % of the US National Average 

ALMOST FIVE YEARS OF RIOT!

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This is the Riot for Abundance for the months of August and September 2013,  for the three of us. Edson fixed the calculator: all go tither to crunch those numbers!

Gasoline.  Calculated per person. Though I feel like I’m driving a lot more due to an uptick in activism-related trips, we nevertheless did pretty well.

11.6 gallons pp.

28.2 % of the US National Average

Electricity. This is reckoned per household, not per person. We cook on an electric stove. According to our solar meter, we produced 11173  kWh since the system was turned on in August 2011 and 995 kWh over the last two months (you can follow our solar harvest live here). We owed NSTar nothing (for four months now), so we overproduced, but again I don’t know how much we used. Definitely less than 497  kW/month.

497 kWh monthly average

27.5 % of the US National Average

Heating Oil and Warm Water. This too is calculated for the entire household. Since we obviously didn’t need heat this month, the number indicates only water heating that is supplemental to the solar hot water that was installed in February. The production of the heating is entirely fossil fuel-free, but the production of the system wasn’t, of course. Still, as there is no provision for solar hot water in the calculator, I’m taking this out of the equation. The furnace, which is our backup, has come on for 2 hours in the last  ??? months, possibly on the fourth or fifth gray day, when the tank cooled down too much. I can’t repeat how happy we are with this system!

.65 gallons of oil / month

1.1 % of the US National Average

Water. This is calculated per person.

493.7 gallons pp.

16.5 % of the US National Average

Trash. After recycling and composting this usually comes down to mainly food wrappers:

6 lbs. pp per month

4.4 % of the US National Average 

ALMOST FIVE YEARS OF RIOT!

This is the Riot for Abundance for July 2013  for the three of us. Edson fixed the calculator: all go tither to crunch those numbers!

Gasoline.  Calculated per person.

15.9 gallons pp.

39% of the US National Average

Electricity. This is reckoned per household, not per person. We cook on an electric stove. According to our solar meter, we produced 10178  kWh since the system was turned on in August 2011, that’s   538 kWh over the last month (you can follow our solar harvest live here). We owe NSTar nothing, so we overproduced, but again I don’t know how much we used. Definitely less than 538 kW.

 538 kWh monthly average

30% of the US National Average

Heating Oil and Warm Water. This too is calculated for the entire household. Since we obviously didn’t need heat this month, the number indicates only water heating that is supplemental to the solar hot water that was installed in February. There is no provision for solar hot water in the calculator. Looking good.

.65  gallons of oil / month

1.1% of the US National Average

Water. This is calculated per person. We did much better this month.

623 gallons pp.

21% of the US National Average

Trash. After recycling and composting this usually comes down to mainly food wrappers:

6 lbs. pp per month

4.4 % of the US National Average 

ALMOST FIVE YEARS OF RIOT!

I’m a little late reporting again for June 2013  plus 5 days of July for the three of us plus my parents for three weeks, which makes an average of 4.8 people. My summary of our first three years is here. Edson fixed the calculator: all go tither to crunch those numbers!

Gasoline.  Calculated per person.

13.6 gallons pp.

33.1% of the US National Average

Electricity. This is reckoned per household, not per person. We cook on an electric stove. According to our solar meter, we produced 9640  kWh since the system was turned on in August 2011, that’s  625 kWh over the last month (you can follow our solar harvest live here). The two micro-inverters on our system that conked off have finally been replaced. The grow lights and heat mat have been turned off, but the attic fan is going full blast most of the day in the hot weather. Still, we owe NSTar nothing, so we overproduced, but again I don’t know how much we used. Definitely less than 625 kW.

620 kWh monthly average

34% of the US National Average

Heating Oil and Warm Water. This too is calculated for the entire household, not per person. Since we obviously didn’t need heat this month, the number indicates only water heating that is supplemental to the solar hot water that was installed in February. There is no provision for solar hot water in the calculator.

2.6 gallons of oil / month

4.2 % of the US National Average

Water. This is calculated per person. We did much better this month.

506 gallons pp.

16.9% of the US National Average

Trash. After recycling and composting this usually comes down to mainly food wrappers:

6 lbs. pp per month

4.4 % of the US National Average

 

OVER FOUR YEARS OF RIOT!

I’m a little late reporting but I did calculate the Riot a couple of days back for the months of April and May 2013 for the three of us and three house guests for 2 weeks, making it on average 4 people. My summary of our first three years is here. Edson fixed the calculator: all go tither to crunch those numbers!

Gasoline.  Calculated per person.

12.1 gallons pp.

29.4% of the US National Average

Electricity. This is reckoned per household, not per person. We cook on an electric stove. According to our solar meter, we produced 9015  kWh since the system was turned on in August 2011, that’s  1210 kWh over the last two months, a lot more in sunny April than in cloudy May (you can follow our solar harvest live here). It could have been more: two of the micro-inverters on our system conked off and it is taking Enphase a long time to replace them (they’ll be replaced entirely on their account, and they’ll refund us for the lost production, but those dollar amounts don’t help with the Riot!). We used up all but a 35 kWh of this. I don’t know why. Yes, there were more of us, the grow lights and heat mat are still on, and we’ve been using power tools, but it seems too steep.  I’ll be keeping an eye on this.  So, 1210 our solar + 85  NSTAR Green – 35 kWh credited overproduction)/ 2 (months) makes:

630 kWh monthly average

34.8% of the US National Average

Heating Oil and Warm Water. This too is calculated for the entire household, not per person. This is for supplemental space heating and supplemental water heating (supplemental to the solar hot water that was installed in February). Since we turned off the latter at the beginning April, so since the boiler only had to come on to heat the water, the following number is an important indicator of how well that solar hot water thing is going. That’s still a lot, but calculate into that the fact that more water was consumed than usual (cf. next), it figures. We’ll need more data.

7.5 gallons of oil / month

12.2% of the US National Average

Water. This is calculated per person. This is more than our usual. I’m blaming my sister-in-law!

897 gallons pp.

29.9% of the US National Average

Trash. After recycling and composting this usually comes down to mainly food wrappers:

6 lbs. pp per month

4.4 % of the US National Average

 

OVER FOUR YEARS OF RIOT!

This is the Riot for the months of February and March 2013 for the three of us. My summary of our first three years is here. Edson fixed the calculator: all go tither to crunch those numbers!

Gasoline.  Calculated per person.

9.3 gallons pp.

22.6% of the US National Average

Electricity. This is reckoned per household, not per person. We cook on an electric stove. According to our solar meter, we produced 7805 kWh since the system was turned on, that’s  668 kWh over the last two months,  395 kWh in March (you follow our solar harvest live here). We used a lot because the grow lights and heat mat are on. Our 668 +   337 kWh (from NSTAR Green) makes:

502.5 kWh

27.8% of the US National Average

Heating Oil and Warm Water. This too is calculated for the entire household, not per person. This is for heating water and space heating, which we mostly do with our wood stove, except for the guestroom (thermostat at 45F – no guests in there, obviously), at night and when we’re not home (thermostat at 59F). We went solar hot water in the middle of February (the Riot calculator has no provision for solar hot water).

 36 gallons of oil

58.4% of the US National Average

Trash. After recycling and composting this usually comes down to mainly food wrappers:

6 lbs. pp per month

4.4 % of the US National Average

Water. This is calculated per person. This is about our usual.

501 gallons pp.

16.7% of the US National Average