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September + October Riot update

November 5, 2007

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After some despondency and avoidance of tallying the totals, here are our numbers:

September

Electricity 75% below – 5.4kWh per day. However, if the green power offset is applied, then we have acheived 95% reduction.

Gas 120% – yes 20% above average. Hydronic central heating – do I regret installing it? Yes and not just because of the energy use.

Water 69% below 110litres per person, per day.

Petrol 80% below. 1 tank of petrol (35 litres) for the month. I thought that this was going to be the hardest category to reduce but it’s been easier than anticipated.

Garbage 90% below

Food 50% Local, 35% bulk , 15% traveling miles to get here

Consumer Goods 70% below

October

Electricity 86% below – 2.8kWh per day. Figures dropped due to the decommissioning of the old (faulty + inefficient) hot water service. With the green power credit, the usage is offset and we are in some weird accounting territory of negative use….or non-use.

Gas 45% below – Much better figures due to not needing to heat very much . This figure now includes our hot water use. This is the one category that will be difficult to meet the reduction targets. Did I mention I regret having central heating installed?

Water 69% below 110litres per person, per day.

Petrol 70% below.

Garbage 80% below . Spring cleaning and some things that could not be re-used, recycled or re-housed were dispatched.

Food 50% Local, 35% bulk , 15% traveling miles to get here

Consumer Goods 75% below

Overall, I’m fairly happy with how we are proceeding. Natural gas use will be our toughest category to meet and maintain the targets. Our use will be low over the warmer months so should offset the winter use somewhat…..but not enough. Oh!

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One Comment leave one →
  1. xltilde permalink
    November 6, 2007 7:13 am

    Going well!
    Maybe not quite the target you desire (yet) but definitely looking good!

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