ALMOST FIVE YEARS OF RIOT!
This is the Riot for Abundance for the months of August and September 2013, Â for the three of us. EdsonÂ fixed the calculator: all go tither to crunch those numbers!
Gasoline. Â 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 Â kWh since theÂ system was turned on in August 2011 and 995 kWh over the last two months (you can follow our solar harvest liveÂ 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 Â kW/month.
497 kWh monthly average
27.5 %Â of the US National Average
Heating Oil and Warm Water.Â 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 theÂ solar hot waterÂ that was installed inÂ 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 Â ??? 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 %Â of the US National Average
Trash.Â After recycling and composting this usually comes down to mainly food wrappers:
6 lbs. pp per month
4.4 %Â of the US National AverageÂ
I keep meaning to crunch my numbers, but then I run into… do I account for my trash when it consists mostly of dog and cat poop (and litter)? How do I account for the water from my rain barrels, or do I? (I use it for watering the livestock, and also for the first cycle of every washing-machine load). Any thoughts on that?
Sorry we didn’t get to meet a couple of weeks ago. The invitation to visit stands, in perpetuity, if you’re ever in this neck of the woods!
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