Confession time everyone!
The Challenge is now at the one week mark. Everyone should have been taking daily readings, and recording them either manually or in the spreadsheet.
So now is the time to share your initial baseline and weekly average with everyone via a comment.
What I would like everyone to do is add up each figure in the “Total kWh used in home” column, and then divide the sum by 7. This will give you a daily average over the week. Hopefully if all is going well then it should be lower than the baseline reading you had on day 1.
If it is not, then don’t worry too much. We still have 3 more weeks of the challenge to go, and can work on other ways to reduce our electricity consumption as we go along.
Here is my daily average for the week. It was 15.9 kWh with a starting baseline of 16.6 kWh. That is a 5.4% reduction in consumption! Click to enlarge any image.
Even though we have been working hard at watching our consumption, we didn’t realise how much electricity that our oven used. We do now, and are only going to use it for special baking days when the sun is shining to minimise grid consumption, and bake multiple things or use the natural gas or the outdoor cob oven. I am also investigating Solar Ovens, so if anyone knows of a good one, or has instructions on how to build one, please share via a comment.
I will be a little more diligent with tips this week, and I appologise for last week, however I was snowed under getting my Diploma completed. In fact, I used some of the information that I had written in this challenge as part of my behavioural change submission, which helped me pass!
Until next post, keep on saving and looking for opportunities to reduce your kilowatt hours!