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One way of getting people to reduce their water/gas/electricity use would be to determine a "mean" usage for a household based on the number of occupants, period (NOT square footage or anything else.) Then if a household used less than the mean, they would pay a smaller rate for that useage (gallons, KwH, etc) but if they used more than that average, they would pay a higher rate, and if they used a LOT more than the average, they would pay a much higher rate for it.
Same thing should apply to car size. I know in some places people have to pay a tax on their vehicles based on the weight of them, and this should be universal as well, I think.
(We've gotten our electrical consumption down to about 700 KwH per month. I don't even know if that's very good.)
Nothing new, I suppose, but please don't troll rate me.
Karen in Austin
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700 kWh a month? Well, it's high. In Europe, 3500 kWh a year (slightly below 300 kWh a month) is considered a rule-of-the-thumb household consumption, though I know that the US average is something likje the double. But maybe you aren't average -- how many persons, how many and how big televisions, do you have AC or electric heating?
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
Our house is 1600 square feet, but the guest bedroom is closed off from the cooling when not in use. We have a large freezer that helps preserve all the things we grow in our garden, and things we get at a good price at farmers' markets. It supposedly uses 670 KwH per year, according to the label. There are just two of us living here, though we get lots of visitors and the grandchildren are here a lot.
The usage is lower in "winter" when the cooling is not as necessary as during the rest of the year, and we heat and cook with natural gas, though we probably don't turn the heat on more than 10 days during the whole winter.
Though not a mechanic by trade, my husband loves to work on autos and motorcycles and to build things and is the guy everyone turns to when they have car/mc trouble, and many of his tools are powered... maybe that accounts for some of the consumption? And the windows on our little 1950's house are not double-glazed, but we can't afford to replace them just now, so that might be where we lose cooling.
I'll be keeping an eye on suggestions in all the diaries, though, and other sites, for ways to bring the usage down. Thanks for the flow of information!
Your thought seems to determine what is nowadays a good standard for energy usage - which opens a whole extra can of worms. It may have been suggested before, but surely sensible. I will be busy developing the spreadsheet further, looking for other material and querying other people to do likewise. If there isn't a standard yet, let's develop one.
are the pix fixed? still not coming through, is it a dialup thang?
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