Riot – February and March 2013 – Months 52-53


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

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  1. Congrats on another successful riotous month!

    I’m contemplating solid waste just at the moment – it’s trash day here – and the majority of what goes in the bin here is dog poop and used cat litter. Are you aware of any other ways to manage these? I confess I haven’t given them a whole lot of thought, but it crossed my brain just now and I thought I’d seize the moment and see if you know something obvious that I don’t.

    Happy April!

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