Users Online Now:
Donate To GLP
Back to Forum
Back to Thread
REPLY TO THREAD
Tracked my residential energy usage for the past 15 years
Ms Sans Serif
In accordance with industry accepted best practices we ask that users limit their copy / paste of copyrighted material to the relevant portions of the article you wish to discuss and no more than 50% of the source material, provide a link back to the original article and provide your original comments / criticism in your post with the article.
Lived in the same house for the past 15 years. I've plotted my natural gas and electrical usage in graph form every month for those past 15 years.
Natural gas I plot therms/day. Electric I plot kwh/day. Both are based on how many therms or kwh used per billing period. The billing period is spelled out in days as '29 days' or '32 days' for example.
During that 15 years I've slowly made multiple improvements in energy efficiency. The house was built in the 60's. When we arrived the roof and walls were not insulated. Incandescents everywhere. Old AC unit. Windows were single pane with old style storm windows and were not low E. Slowly over those 15 years we have:
Replaced all the windows with low E double pane.
Heavily insulated the attic
Sealed all cracks and holes in walls
Replaced the AC unit with a much more efficient unit
Replaced the old washing machine with an energy star unit
Use flourescents instead of incandescents
Programmable thermostat added
A year ago we insulated the exterior walls with blow in insulation. 30 large bags of cellulose insulation blown in between every joist in every wall.
Generally speaking the usage per year is basically unchanged when I average out the yearly usage. There are a few spikes where there was a rough summer or winter, which is understandable. But, all in all, no decrease in usage.
Electric usage spikes during end of Summer and is at its lowest in mid winter. Opposite for gas usage obviously. 15 'humps' on my graph.
Granted we have added two kids who are now pre-teens now. However, by far our largest energy usage is AC in summer and heating in winter, which aren't driven by extra people using more energy. The AC and heating are what cause the extreme spikes in summer and winter.
Whats up with that? And, no, I don't have a smart meter yet.
Pictures (click to insert)
Big Round Smilies
Aliens and Space
Friendship & Love
Misc Small Smilies
View All Categories
Next Page >>
The universe really is a hologram, according to new science
Are You Ready for Riots?
Bloody School Massacre Staged for Canadian Police Training, Over 100 Participants
Pyramids and the coming economic collapse
Stephen Colbert Tells David Keith Government is Already Spraying Us « GeoEngineering Exposed
International Space Station in partial shutdown due to cooling pump problem
Facebook stock will be added to Dow Jones S&P index
Payment Due: The Obamacare Deadline No One Is Talking About
NYPD to Roll Out Police State for Super Bowl
No laughing matter: Comic Relief invested in tobacco, alcohol and arms firms
Rockefeller attaches cybersecurity bill to National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) 2014
Snowball Fight at Univ. of Oregon Could Lead to Criminal Charges
The Occult On Wall Street: The Art Of Financial Astrology
Obscure Government Agency Brings Criminal Charges against 107 Bankers, but Stays Clear of Wall Street
Is Your Job About To Be Outsourced By A Computer (The Probability Is 47%)
General Electric Knew Itís Reactor Design Was Unsafe Ö So Why Isnít GE Getting Any Heat for Fukushima?
Colleges canít ban guns, rules Florida court
CIA Document Suggests U.S. Lied About Biological, Chemical Weapon Use in the Korean War
Genetic differences between "identical" twins discovered
Missouri School District Hit With $150,000 Bill for Obamacare
Creepy AI Telemarketer Sounds Human, Denies Being a Robot
Possibility of Cloning Quantum Information from the Past
How nanotechnology can trick the body into accepting fake bones
What Is Happening To Alaska? Is Fukushima Responsible For The Mass Animal Deaths?
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Invested Millions in Scandal-Plagued Private Prisons,
Disclaimer / Copyright Info
with questions or comments about this site.
"Godlike Productions" & "GLP" are registered trademarks of Zero Point Ltd.
Website Design Copyright © 1999 - 2014 Godlikeproductions.com
Page generated in 0.007s (4 queries)