As the second week of the challenge passes by it is time to ‘fess up again! Hopefully everyone is still taking their meter readings and trying little things to lower their consumption.
Once again, add up each daily figure for Week 2 in the “Total kWh used in home” column and divide by 7. This will give you the daily average for the week. Lower than your initial baseline is good, and lower than your Week 1 average is fantastic.
Personal confession time. Our daily average for Week 2 is 16.8 kWh which is 1.1 kWh higher than last weeks average or 5% higher and just above my baseline. The shame! We had a spate of hot days over 32C so the air-conditioner was necessary which caused the increase. However for the last few days of the week we did really well in the low teens. Here is my data sheet (click to enlarge).
Here is my progress graph.
The trend is down which is a good thing, and we are striving to get a few days below 10 kWh in the next few days, but as the temperature is creeping up above 30C again later this week, we may not have the chance.
Kim also used the electric oven on the 29th, which is obviously a habit that is going to be hard to break. Still I enjoyed the bread and biscuits that she made, so I cannot complain too much. Kim’s mum flew out to Bangkok on Saturday so we have one less person in the home. Even though we will miss her, it might just make the difference of me passing this challenge!
Hopefully everyone is still enjoying or at least getting something out of the challenge. I certainly get a kick at 7 pm when I read my meter. It is nice to finally work out the entire dynamics of the grid vs solar PV and how much we are actually consuming in total. Even though we are not drawing much from the grid, I would still rather pump as much electricity back into the grid during the day as I can (sunny days obliging of course).
Anyway, I hope you are all doing better than I am, and I feel a little bit embarrassed that I am struggling with my own challenge. Who would have thought?