We have been lax in getting the meter reads. In fact, L1 read them this morning for yesterday just so we could finish off the month. Oops. Here is the info for September:
Electric: lower than August (451 total kwh used), but still higher than we’d like. However, we’ve done a little more baking this month, have done a bunch of dehydrating (those apples are leaving here today, Al, I promise!) and we had to use our dryer a few times when things didn’t dry on the outside line all the way before rain came. We’re currently working on better inside drying strategies. The porch line has been down since we did our big camping trip in August and used the rope then. Maybe L1 can get that back up today. . . Anywho, we’re looking to October to finally get us away from the dehumidifier. But who knows, with all the rain in our forecast.
Gas: this was higher for the first time since May/June. It’s probably from all the canning we were doing. We have a gas cooktop. We certainly haven’t turned the heat on yet (we have a goal of waiting until at least November 1, if not later. I’ll let you know how that goes.) and we haven’t really been using more hot water, so the only explanation I have is the cooktop.
Water: This also slightly higher than August (202), but we watered the garden one day in September and that was all it took to change our water usage. And maybe the fact that since I’m teaching again I’m showering a little more often. So you might be able to come a little closer to me again! Thankfully L4’s obsession with running water in the bathroom sink seems to have subsided and she’s onto building houses with Lincoln Logs instead. Much better energy use, as some of them were first her brother’s so they’re being reused. 🙂
At this point I don’t think we have any lofty energy goals for October. Try not to go higher on anything. If possible, go lower. Try to keep the heat off. And winterize our house as much as possible for the coming cold. We’ve already put lots of insulation in a couple of years ago, but we need to do something more with some of our windows this year. And I need to make us some thicker drapes to help insulate more, too. Hmm, an excuse to sew? I’m good with that.