In case you’re wondering, here’s what we use in electricity per month. I don’t know if this is good or bad. It seems like we use a lot. Then again, everything in our house runs off electric except natural gas range (stovetop). Heating and light bulb use in winter is what kills us. Our old “normal” 2,700 sq ft house, we averaged 500 kWH per month, 6,500 kWH per year. But that was with mostly just two adults and no kids.
Stuff that runs off electricity (family of four, 3400 sq ft cape cod, NEOhio):
- geothermal heating and cooling
- set at 69 degrees in winter
- set at 72 in summer?
- we rarely open up the windows (I know we should)
- cistern water pump (water coming in)
- septic system pump (water and waste going out)
- sump pump (runs all the time when its wet out)
- lighting – including copious amount of incandescent bulbs in kitchen and living room
- tv (our favorite pass time)
- computers, phone chargers, iPad, etc. (on all the time)
- internet (on all the time)
- chest freezer and small fridge that we don’t use but are plugged in (forgive me father for I have sinned)
To improve things I need to unplug the unused freezer and mini fridge. I need to replace all the light bulb eventually with LED’s. And we should start opening our windows more. I also want to get a programable thermostat which would help a ton at night, regulating temperatures. Also would be nice if we learned to shut off lights when we leave a room.
I don’t think the natural gas furnace has ever turned on….not sure it ever will. We pay about $30 for natural gas and that is almost all fees and taxes ($23 in fees and usage, $7 in actual natural gas).
In hind sight, we probably should have forgone the natural gas all together and went all electric. This despite my love of booking with gas, and the fact that natural gas is cleaner than our coal sourced electricity here in Ohio. All electric would save us $360 annually, not to mention all the plumbing and maybe an all electric range oven would have been cheaper. It may not amount to much but when every penny counts, I may have given it more thought.
Our average usage is a little under 1.0 MCF per month, and 14.6 MCF in the last year. For us Natural Gas is more of a hobby than energy supply. In our old “normal” 2,700 sq ft house we used about 100 MCF a year, so we dropped our dependence on gas by 85%.
As far as wood pellets go, we’re still working on the free ton we got with the fireplace. I’d say we’re a third of the way through. The family room is the warmest room in the house to begin with, so turning on the pellet fire place is more for ambiance.
I don’t know how to judge water usage or septic usage. Water comes in, stuff goes out. Circle of life. All we pay for so far is water filters, about $40 every couple months.
If anyone has better “average” household use numbers for electricity or gas, post up in the comments. I couldn’t find much online.