I just read that the average household uses 958 KwH of electricity a month. In November I used 50. And yes, I double checked, that was for the month. I’m not really sure how I’d use 500, much less nearly 1000. No wonder when I converted to the new curly bulbs it didn’t affect my bill.
That usage hasn’t changed terribly much from when I was living in a larger space. It’s kind of hard to know exactly why, but I have a few guesses:
I don’t generally use the oven.
I live alone (so I control what lights are on or off).
I don’t watch much TV or many videos (though I do spend a lot of time on the computer).
I can only find six outlets in my house, and that doesn’t really bother me.
I don’t run the air conditioner unless the temperature is over 85-90, and then normally just to cool the house off. I don’t run it all night hardly ever.
I don’t own a dryer… although I would like to some of these days. But when I do, since I only wash 2-3 loads a week, there isn’t that much drying time. And when I move, I want a clothesline more than a dryer.
I’m not as old as I’ll sound with what I’m about confess, but my parents never owned a microwave until I’d graduated college. We never had cable or a VCR. And the thing is, because I never had them, I never really missed them. I didn’t own a TV until I was almost 40. There just didn’t seem to be a need. Even now, the set I have is used only to play old VHS tapes. I watch DVDs on my computer. And lights… other people’s houses seem way too bright at night. When I wind down it’s with candlelight or 40-60 watts.
Want to know a secret? I don’t miss a single KwH I’m not using.