That is what we felt like, for sure, when L1 did our resource use averages for the month of July. We have continued to have a wet summer, which has been great for the garden, but bad for the hungry dehumidifier. Sadly, even our water was up higher from actually having to water our garden twice during July and from L3 having a misadventure with the bath. L1 showed him the water usage from that day and explained to him about just how much was used. It was a good lesson for him, I think he has a much better understanding now of the piece of our energy conservation. I was also unable to get to building a solar oven this past month. It would have been relatively useless to us with all the rain, so I don’t feel to bad for not hitting that particular goal.
Here are the June and July totals and averages for your edification:
And here is July’s information:
As a reminder, electricity is measures in KWH, gas in therms, and water x10 = how many gallons used. The good news is that we are still using at least 100 kwh less electricity than last year, and according to our energy bill, it was hotter last year. We have yet to even pull out our window AC, and have a goal of leaving it in the attic. As an anniversary present, L1 bought us a kill-a-watt to measure the electricity used by various items in our home. (I know, we’re soooo romantic. This was our 9-year anniversary. Who knows what mushy gooshy thing we’ll do next year for the big 10! Maybe a solar hot water heater?) Anyway, maybe August will be spent trying to pair down more electricity usage. Meanwhile, since we can’t control the weather, I’m trying not to stress too much about the KWH usage and be thankful for all of the free water our garden is getting. Murphy’s law–we install drip line irrigation and have used it 3 or 4 times since May.