Riot for Austerity – Month 29

It’s already 6 April but I know I doubt I’ll have  time at the end of the month, so here are our numbers for March + 5 days of April. It’ll all even out. Our first year’s averages were calculated here, our second year’s averages can be found here.

Gasoline. Same as usual. I’m doing a lot of driving around for Transition (paradoxically).

10.83 gallons per person pp. per month

25 % of the US National Average

Electricity. The calculator reckons per household, not per person. We are rolling on the solar PV, so in a few months this number will look very different. That number is up quite a bit this month, as in previous years, because I’ve got a heat mat and a whole battery of shop lights on 16 hours a day to keep my seedlings growing.

579 KWH (all wind) per month

15% of the US National Average

Heating Oil and Warm Water. This too is calculated for the entire household, not per person.  We are planning on running a long line of PEX underneath the solar array for an outdoor shower in Summer. Busy busy…

32.3 24.7 gallons of oil per month

45% 40.1% of the US National Average

{UPDATE} 3 Jan 2012: The way I have been calculating our heating oil consumption is by reading off the furnace how many hours it ran, then multiplying it by .85 because that’s the amount of gallons of oil I *thought* it used. Now DH just told me that our furnace is more efficient than that and the correct number is .65. Hence the correction.

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

10 lbs. pp per month

7% of the US National Average

Water. We brought  our usage down by yet another percent from last month. Don’t know really what it is that makes the difference. I guess we’ll just keep going the way we have been…

426.3 gallons of water pp.   per month

14 % of the US National Average

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