(Toledo, OH) Our second electric bill has arrived in this, the summer we have enacted a domestic ban on air conditioning in our home, and the results continue to be encouraging. Our electric consumption dropped from an average of 61 kilowatts per day in June 2006 to a 48 kilowatts per day in July 2007.
This represents a little more than a 20 percent reduction, or nearly 350 KW chopped off of our monthy usage.
We are on pace to save about $100 a month on electricity this summer, and - coupled with our decision to hang our laundry on the clothesline - we continue to stay ahead of our goal to save $500 on utilities this summer. We racked up some huge electric bills in August and September of 2006, so I anticipate even higher savings in the next two bills.
My worries about entering another summer of underemployment, though justified, have not matched reality. Between budget cutting, odd jobs, and a flurry of June blog ads, we have not had to dip into our savings.