We’re going to be doing a little test around here the next couple of weeks. We’re going to keep track of our electricity consumption to see just how much we are using. Though we do meter reads, that doesn’t make it real enough. We’re also going to try and remember to do more hard shut-offs of our electronic devices, too. Though I unplug my laptop every night, we don’t do a hard shut off of the router or the TV power strip. This test was inspired by a book I have been slowly reading for the past several months called Living the Good Life: How one family changed their world from their own backyard.
The book chronicles a family’s 6-month experiment with sustainable living. It is written in a journal style and it great to pick up and read in small bits and pieces. That’s good since I end up doing that with a lot of books. A sampling of those I am currently reading:
- Living the Good Life
- Animal, Vegetable, Miracle
- The History of Love (an audiobook, actually, for bookclub!)
- The New Rules of Lifting for Women
- The Puppy Whisperer
- On the Banks of Plum Creek (with L3)
- Garden Spells (a novel, not garden book)
What are you reading now? And has anyone (besides you, AG!) ever done any testing of their electricity consumption before? Any tips for decreasing consumption (besides things like turning off lights, unplugging things, and energy star appliances)?