How much electricity do you use?
October 14, 2009 12:21 AM Subscribe
In the interests of science, please tell me how many kilowatt-hours (kWh) your house or apartment used last month and how much it uses in the middle of winter. If possible include variables like whether you use electric heat, air conditioning, electric or gas hot water heater, etc.
posted by thewalrus to science & nature (27 answers total)
The US DOE says the average American house uses 900 kWh a month. I'm trying to get a smaller but more personalized sample from metafilter users. kWh may also be marked as "units" on your electrical bill. I'm working on a design for some small and medium solar power setups and am trying to figure out whether the average person lives within the production capacity (budget $$$) of the total package of equipment.
If I can draw a broad generalization, mefi users tend to have a larger than usual number of computers and electronic gadgets, but may be more environmentally conscious than the average North American. This means that you may tend to avoid gratuitous use of laundry dryers and other power-sucking appliances. Please mention if this is true if you are telling me how much you used on your last power bill.