Tuesday, February 3, 2009

390 to less than 300 in a few months time

As far as expenses go, our electric bill is pretty low. About 6 dollars of it is actually our Blue Sky Energy program cost for 3 blocks of 100 KWH each. Here are a few of their bullet points selling the program (from site above):
  • You buy clean, wind energy in 100 kilowatt-hour (kwh) increments, called blocks, for just $1.95 more per block per month.
  • Rocky Mountain Power buys renewable energy certificates on your behalf equal to your Blue Sky purchase and helps develop small-scale renewable projects in the communities we serve.
  • You can buy as many blocks as you’d like. Ten blocks per month covers about 100 percent of an average home’s electricity use.

So given the last point I guess I should feel pretty good about the fact that we only use 40% of the energy of an "average" home. For the last several months, in our current house, our electricity usage has been about 390 KWH. But for some reason or another I feel that 40% of normal is still too high given that we are only two people and try to be very conscious of our usage. Hence we are committing to the task of reducing our monthly energy consumption by at least 25% or down to less than 300. How we will do this is yet to be seen. We are in the process of searching for a good price on CFL's. We are currently trying to figure out a good way to get our landlord to buy us a new refrigerator. And we are taking a look at other lifestyle choices we make that increase our energy use.

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