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 04-01-2009, 09:23 Post: 161598
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Did anyone particpate in this ? I know my wife mentioned it to me, and little out of character she gave it the thumbs down as silly. She was a real tree hugger when I met her 21 years ago Smile I guess hanging around me changed her!

Hmmmm on Saturday did I notice anything different at the anointed time? Nope nada!






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 04-01-2009, 10:20 Post: 161605
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Well, considering the little lady and I aren't exactly party animals anyways it was pretty easy to do.

We were having an after dinner game of cribbage over a glass of wine with her parents.

The only difference was instead of playing by electric light and listening to the stereo, we played by candle light and listened to nothing more than the dogs barking at something.

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 04-01-2009, 11:48 Post: 161608
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Does earth hour relate in some way to a New York minute?






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 04-01-2009, 12:44 Post: 161619
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I celebrated by wandering around the woods, selecting a tree, and, um, watering it.






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 04-01-2009, 15:51 Post: 161628
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Not sure if it was Monday or Tuesday they reported it took more electricty to crank back up what was shut down than was saved by what was turned off that hour.






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 04-01-2009, 16:30 Post: 161631
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I want to know what the rest of the people are doing with their electrical appliances?

I Googled something like "average household electrical consumption" and got several answers, all pretty much the same, that said the 'average' household uses 938 kw/h a month!

Good grief, my bills, averaged out on a yearly basis are more in the order of 85 kw/h a month, and that includes A/C, clothes dryer a pool pump and several permanently wired electric heaters!!!

So for the 'average' to work out there has to a bunch of folks arc welding on the dining room table 3 days a week or something!!

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 04-01-2009, 16:42 Post: 161632
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Murf, methinks your meter is broken. We used 4011 kWh last month with LP hot water, dryer and cooking. And we live in a pretty tight and energy efficient house that has above average insulation and has passed all Energy Smart tests (blower door and duct blaster tests). We turn off all lights when not in use, many of them are automatically controlled. The only appliances on all the time are two refrigerators (relatively new ones). We do have a well and septic pump but they are checked every couple of months and seem to cycle normally. Of course there are a couple luxuries like in-floor heat in the master bath (~100 watts) and the occasional use of a space heater or electric blanket by the wife.

BTW, I don't know how they get those numbers. If they are a "per-meter" value instead of a "per residence" value it will be misleading since lots of rentals are not independently metered.






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 04-01-2009, 18:04 Post: 161633
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My Annual low is 800 KWH for May and June and the high is 1400 KWH for August and January. We have oil heat but running the lights and blowers in the furnaces uses lots of juice. So our average is a bit over 1000KWH per month.

We have a deep well also, no pool, just kids that leave the lights on (converted the known "leave it on spots" to mercury bulbs)






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 04-01-2009, 18:25 Post: 161634
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Our annual low is somewhere around 1500 kWh. Last month is about worst case, very cold weather at the end of a long, cold winter when the stupid geothermal heat pump condenser loop field heat has been largely depleted. It's also a fairly big house at ~3600 sf.






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 04-01-2009, 20:27 Post: 161638
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I want to know what the rest of the people are doing with their electrical appliances?I Googled something like "average household electrical consumption" and got several answers, all pretty much the same, that said the 'average' household uses 938 kw/h a month!Good grief, my bills, averaged out on a yearly basis are more in the order of 85 kw/h a month, and that includes A/C, clothes dryer a pool pump and several permanently wired electric heaters!!!So for the 'average' to work out there has to a bunch of folks arc welding on the dining room table 3 days a week or something!!Best of luck.



Having worked for a utility for some time, I would suggest you don't complain about anything that might cause a test or changeout of that meter Smile My uncle, years ago had the same load as you describe Murf, with that 80 KWH per month. Yep, until he was caught in a meter change, then it went to 6000.







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