Riot for Austerity – September 2012 – Month 47

This is the Riot for the month of September 2012 for the three of us plus my parents for two weeks, so 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. DH’s shuttle started running so he hasn’t been driving in. I’ve been doing less outreach for Solarize. So we did much better this month:

8.6 gallons per person

20.9 % 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 6175 kWh since the system was turned on, and 502  kWh this last month (down from 615 kW, the sun is lowering. You can follow our solar harvest live here). We owed NStar nothing but how much we consumed is a mystery: the NSTAR billing software apparently cannot handle negatives. So we used less than

502 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 all for heating water for dishes and showers. We did really well this month. We’re still looking into an electric on-demand heater with perhaps a solar thermal unit.

7.15 gallons of oil

11.6% 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. Again, not bad!

499 gallons pp.

16.6 % of the US National Average


After three months of having at least 6 people in the house – at peak times 9 – a general exodus is taking place and we will be down to just Amie and I for a couple of weeks. Hopefully there won’t be a repeat of last year’s storm and week-long power-outage!

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