29 May

Actual Energy Use Data Year 1- See How Our Energy Saving Strategies are Adding Up!

gas use to march 2011

Last updated April 25, 2011

We are implementing energy saving strategies to attempt to reduce our energy use at our home by 50% In this post I am going to be updating graphs showing our total energy use for Electric and Gas showing the difference between the average energy usage of the last 5 years to our current usage.

So far we have taken the following actions to reduce our energy use:

1) installed a geothermal heating and cooling system to replace our 20+ year old air conditioner, heater and water heater

2) substituted CFL and LED light bulbs for many lights

3) reduced electric by turning off lights and appliances when not in use

4) substituted some small appliances for more efficient ones

All of these actions were taken in the last week of April of 2010. We live in St. Louis Missouri in a 2200SF 4 bedroom 2 bathroom ranch with a full basement.

We are almost at one year….we have saved some energy, although not as much as we had hoped. I’ll post the year end summary in a few days after we get the utility bills for April.

We want to inspire others to cut their utility bills and reduce their carbon footprint by taking action to lower the amount of energy you use. We are saving money, while helping the environment. We expect our geothermal system to payback the difference in cost between it and a traditional high efficiency system in 2-4 years. There are many ways to reduce your energy use and turn your old home into a green home. Just because you may live in the suburbs, like us, it doesn’t mean you can’t make smart choices for your pocketbook and the environment.

The following graphs show our energy reduction from our start date of May 1st 2010, and compares it to our last 5 years of energy use.

Click on a thumbnail to go to a larger full version of the graph.

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One thought on “Actual Energy Use Data Year 1- See How Our Energy Saving Strategies are Adding Up!

  1. These are some wonderful graphs. I need to follow your example so I can track each year’s data in one place.

    For more immediate feedback on how you’re doing with energy consumption, there are now some new tools on the market. They measure your energy use in real time, and display real time usage data in the provided software. Two examples are:

    TED http://www.theenergydetective.com/

    Current Cost http://www.currentcost.com/

    These devices both integrate with Google PowerMeter, which allows you to view your house’s energy consumption remotely: http://www.google.com/powermeter/about/

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