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The average one-person household uses about 2,500 gallons of water per month.

Last month I used 17,400 gallons.

I was looking at my electric bill in comparison with past months, and I sort of freaked out about this. Last October/September I was in the 3,000 range (understandable, I water things more than the average person). And then it kept rising and rising and rising. So about a week ago I called The City of Tallahassee utilities sort of freaked out, they are sending someone out to see if I have a leak. Also, through the Tallahassee Lenders Consortium (the people who I took the Homebuyer Education classes with), I'm eligible for a $500 grant for more/better insulation, so they're going to check that out too. And apparently bring me free energy-saving light bulbs. Woot.

the good news is, I got my Utility bill today and I somehow only used 5,000 gallons. Still about twice as much as I should be using, but much much MUCH better than 17,400. We fixed the flapper in my toilet, which probably had a little to do with that, but not that much.. So I don't know what happened there.

I also used about half as much electricity as normal. I'm always light and A/C conscious, so I really don't know what the difference was, especially since it's getting HOTTER and I love my A/C whereas I use my heater maybe 10 hours total per year.

As soon as it's cost-effective and more energy-efficient, I'm putting solar panels on my house.

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wolfeskitchen
May. 11th, 2008 03:36 am (UTC)
There should be a few things in here of interest to you: http://www.instructables.com/tag/type:id/category:green/
jitrbug52
May. 11th, 2008 04:55 am (UTC)
You didn't drain, clean, and re-fill your hot tub last month did you?
thisgirliknow
May. 11th, 2008 02:13 pm (UTC)
260 gallons. That's it.

And no, I didn't actually.
brittdreams
May. 11th, 2008 09:51 am (UTC)
wow! that's around the amount of water that we use in our apartment (with four people) in a month! I'd guess that you have a leak and make sure they check where the house breaks off from the street main.

we've been saving energy by switching light bulbs and turning things off on surge protectors when we're not using them.

P.S. In an effort to compare, I went and looked up my mom's bills online since she lives in a house alone but does water things on occasion... Her consumption is around 2100 gallons/month. But then she's not home a lot so she misses the daily flushing, showering, dish washing but does craptons of laundry... Maybe look up bills by address to see if your neighbors are using ginormous amounts of water too...
jkrissw
May. 11th, 2008 01:00 pm (UTC)
Even a small leak (like the one you had with the toilet flapper) that's happening around the clock can add up to a LOT of water.

PS: My folks had solar panels tied into the water heater system at the house in San Diego. They noticed quite an impact on their gas bill from it. In a state with as much sunshine as Florida, you should see that too.

Edited at 2008-05-11 05:03 pm (UTC)
tevarin
May. 11th, 2008 02:42 pm (UTC)
Hopefully the utility guy will figure out where the water is going. Otherewise, I once found a water leak by turning everything off late at night and listening for trickling water.
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