Read it and weep. That’s just about what I did when we got this report in the mail. We used 14% more electricity than our neighbors? Inconceivable!
Then I took a minute to think about it. Here in California, we need to run the pool pump all year to keep the creeping crud from taking over the pool. I’m cutting its time down to the bare minimum starting right now.
And I married Mr. Media, who has an Xbox 360 and a Playstation. (I do enjoy streaming stuff from Netflix, though. Anybody want to watch an episode of Cosmos?) These guys are going on a power strip so they don’t suck power while they’re off.
Thankfully, SMUD has this cool home energy calculator. I’m going to run lots and lots of numbers to figure out how to be more efficient. We should be one of the efficient houses, for cryin’ out loud!
Stay tuned and I’ll let you know how we did. We’ll get a new report in a month or two.