Household Energy Usage

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The graph depicts the amount of energy used each month since Melanie bought the house in 2006. Our water heater, stove, and furnace are the three appliances currently operating on natural gas. Obviously, our furnace, which operates only during the winter, is our biggest energy consumer. What is really exciting is that there is a very clear downward trend – and we’re hoping this will only continue.

During the 2006/2007 cold season, the home was equipped with an old-school dial thermostat, and Mel tells me she would often forget to turn it down at night and while she was at work. One of the first projects we completed after our marriage during the 2007/2008 cold season was to upgrade to a programmable thermostat. The unit cost around $40, and installation took less than a half hour. The results are obvious, especially during the 2008/2009 cold season.
And now that we’re getting around to doing something about the insulation in our attic (or the lack of insulation), we’re hoping to see it drop even further this winter. Yay for efficiency!

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