Thanks for all the emails and comments so far during the challenge. I believe that we have between 25-30 people on the challenge so far and the numbers are growing.
With your second reading some time today, you would have been able to calculate your baseline. The baseline is the figure that we are going to attempt to beat every single day. When I started reading my meter many years ago my baseline began at 40 kWh per day. It was a shock to the system, and we managed to get it down to between 9 and 11 kWh per day. Even less in winter, but lots more in the hot summers that we get here. The biggest drain on our energy consumption is our swimming pool, where I have to run the pump for at least two hours in winter, up to about four hours in summer. So there is between 2 and 4 kWh a day that I cannot seem to shake off.
So imagine my shock today when I calculated my baseline for this challenge. The figures are below (click to enlarge).
So my total consumption today was 16.6 kWh. Now I haven’t told anyone in the house that we are on this challenge yet, just to get an accurate reading, so I know we can do much better than that. It looks like a few things have happened since I stopped reading our meter. Because we were not measuring our performance, we have slipped back into some old habits. Some very old behaviours that I noticed today were computers left on when no-one was using them, ceiling fans on in empty rooms, lights on in empty rooms and extractor fans left on and forgotten. I have read that the average daily household electricity consumption in Australia is between 16 – 20 kWh. I don’t want to be average.
Tomorrow I will have a family meeting and discuss my concerns which is probably the best way to tackle the situation. I am sure we can do better tomorrow.
From here on in, the challenge will pan out as follows;
- Everyone should now be taking their daily readings and recording them.
- I will be posting daily energy reduction tips to nudge you (and my family) in the right direction in whatever format I can dig up (text, photos, video, podcasts)
- Every Monday we can all post via a comment the percentage of reduction for the week compared against our baseline day. I will help you figure it on the day.
- Celebrate our successes and learn from our mistakes!
P.S. For those interested this is what my data sheet and calc sheet look like. The calc sheet will only calculate the last day correctly, so ignore any future dates. I am not sure how to stop the random calculation for the next day. Any suggestions from any Excel guru’s out there?