Riot for Austerity – March, April and May 2012 – Months 41-43


I can’t believe it’s been three months since I calculated our Riot. But here it is, the Riot for the months of March, April and May of 2012 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. Like I reported in February, the search for transport alternatives ended in a search for people-powered motion. First, find lady’s bike at the town’s transfer station (aka, The Dump). Check. Next, have friend come over and fix it: new tubing, new brakes, new to me steering wheel, some readjustments. Check. Now I’d love a cargo trolley and an electric assist.  I’d charge my assist with the solar panels anyway, making it in effect a solar bike…

In the last three months we used on average

11.34 gallons per person

27.6% of the US National Average

Electricity. This is reckoned per household, not per person. According to our solar meter, we produced 3856 kWh since the system was turned on, and 536 kWh on average over these last three months (you can follow our solar harvest live here). But we’ve been real electricity hogs over here! I’ve had the growing lights on in the basement (sometimes all 9 double TL lights plus the heat mat)  all these months, and over the last two months we had a heat lamp (100 Watts) for our chicks. On top of that, Amie has developed a case of fear of the dark, which necessitates her having her reading light on most of the night (her nightlight is not bright enough). So we have had to pay NStar for the extra we consumed.

536 kwH (solar) + 68 KwH (Nstar) = a whopping 604 KwH on average!

31.5% of the US National Average

Heating Oil and Warm Water. This too is calculated for the entire household, not per person.

13.86  gallons of oil

22.5% 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

Water. This is calculated per person.

536 gallons pp.

17.9% of the US National Average

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